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Album Review

Until the release of this CD in 2000, it was believed that tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis' final recording was in 1983; he passed away in 1986. Although he might have been ailing a little at the time, Davis sounds as stong as usual on this program, which was recorded in the summer of 1985 at a club in Copenhagen. Joined by a local rhythm section (pianist Niels Steen, bassist Jesper Lundgaard, and expatriate drummer Ed Thigpen), Davis performs eight of his favorite standards (including a rapid "Just Friends," "If I Had You," and a ten-and-a-half-minute version of "Shiny Stockings") plus his blues "Light and Lovely." There is quite a bit of energy displayed throughout the date (which includes just two ballads), with Lockjaw in typically fiery form.

Biography

Born: 02 March 1922 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

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

Possessor of a cutting and immediately identifiable tough tenor tone, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis could hold his own in a saxophone battle with anyone. Early on, he picked up experience playing with the bands of Cootie Williams (1942-1944), Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk (1945-1946), and Louis Armstrong. He began heading his own groups from 1946 and Davis' earliest recordings as a leader tended to be explosive R&B affairs with plenty of screaming from his horn; he matched wits successfully with Fats Navarro...
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