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Forrest Fire / Out of the Forrest

Jimmy Forest

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Album Review

This CD reissue is an excellent example of tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest in a soulful but fairly straight-ahead setting. Accompanied by pianist Joe Zawinul, bassist Tommy Potter and drummer Clarence Johnston, Forrest revives his "Bolo Blues," and plays his basic "Crash Program," and otherwise sticks to melodic standards. His highly expressive powers and ability to say a lot with a few notes is very much in evidence on this excellent set.

Biography

Born: 24 January 1920 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Jazz

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

A fine all-round tenor player, Jimmy Forrest is best-known for recording "Night Train," a song that he "borrowed" from the last part of Duke Ellington's "Happy Go Lucky Local." While in high school in St. Louis, Forrest worked with pianist Eddie Johnson, the legendary Fate Marable, and the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra. In 1938, he went on the road with Don Albert and then was with Jay McShann's Orchestra (1940-1942). In New York, Forrest played with Andy Kirk (1942-1948) and Duke Ellington (1949) before...
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Forrest Fire / Out of the Forrest, Jimmy Forest
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  • $25.06
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 18 April 1961

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