Eddie "Lockjaw" DAVIS Quartet – Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home 1976

Eddie “Lockjaw” DAVIS Quartet – Swingin’ Till The Girls Come Home 1976

Jazz

Tenor saxophonist Eddie Lockjaw Davis is in top form during this European quartet set (put out domestically at one time by Inner City) with pianist Thomas Clausen, bassist Bo Stief and drummer Alex Riel. Lockjaw romps through such numbers as Swingin’ Till the Girls Come Home, a rapid rendition of Love for Sale, his original Locks and Indiana. Fun, accessible and mostly hard-swinging straightahead music.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
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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 on one session. Davis was with Count Basie’s Orchestra on several occasional (including 1952-1953, 1957, and 1964-1973) and teamed up with Shirley Scott’s trio during 1955-1960. During 1960-1962, he collaborated in some exciting performances and recordings with Johnny Griffin, a fellow tenor who was just as combative as Davis. After temporarily retiring to become a booking agent (1963-1964), Davis rejoined Basie. In his later years, Lockjaw often recorded with Harry “Sweets” Edison and he remained a busy soloist up until his death. Through the decades, he recorded as a leader for many labels.
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Eddie Lockjaw Davis- Tenor Sax
Thomas Clausen- Piano
Bo Stief- Bass
Alex Riel- Drums
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01. Swingin’ Till the Girls Come Home (4:32)
02. Love for Sale (5:00)
03. Out of Nowhere (5:59)
04. I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You (4:44)
05. Locks (6:42)
06. Wave (6:23)
07. (Back Home Again In) Indiana (3:08)
08. Bye Bye Blackbird (3:40)
09. I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You (Take 1) (4:46)
10. Swingin’ Till the Girls Come Home (Take 1) (4:37)
11. Bye Bye Blackbird (Take 1) (3:30)
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