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Album Review

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis recorded many albums during the 15 years before his death in 1986; virtually all are recommended. This album is a little-known quartet set with pianist Albert Dailey, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Victor Lewis, Davis' only recording for Muse. Lockjaw had never worked with Dailey or Lewis before but they have little difficulty interpreting the tough-toned tenor's usual repertoire. Highlights of the fine straighathead set include "Just One of Those Things," "Secret Love" and "You Stepped Out of a Dream."

Customer Reviews

Great straight-ahead jazz

"Lockjaw" has a kicked-back voice reminiscent of Cannonball Adderly and a style almost as steeped in the blues as the former Miles sideman's. "You Stepped Out of a Dream" cuts off in the middle of the song, which is a problem. I'm guessing that some audio archivist just missed that one. All in all this is a compelling collection with a deep groove and a great swing. While it lacks the avant-garde exploration and virtuosity of a Coltrane or Sun Ra record, if you're looking for a soulful offering of straight-ahead standards, it's an incredibly satisfying album. All participants regiser solid perfomances and deliver with beautiful solos throughout. Very, very smooth...and a Heavy Hitter indeed.


Born: March 2, 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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