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Album Review

This rather brief LP (just 31 minutes) finds tenorman Illinois Jacquet in typically fine form, but fronting a rather anonymous-sounding group (despite the presence of guitarist Kenny Burrell on some numbers) that includes organist Ralph Smith and a Latin percussionist. Most interesting is "Bassoon Blues" which has Jacquet's recorded debut on that instrument. Although "Wild Man" and "Turnpike" are heated, this is only an average outing overall.

Biography

Born: 31 October 1922 in Boussard, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

One of the great tenors, Illinois Jacquet's 1942 "Flying Home" solo is considered the first R&B sax solo, and spawned a full generation of younger tenors (including Joe Houston and Big Jay McNeely) who built...
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