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Illinois JACQUET Quartet – Live at Schaffhausen March 1978

Posted in Illinois JACQUET, JAZZ on December 16, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Illinois JACQUET Quartet – Live at Schaffhausen March 1978
2003 Issue.
Recorded live at Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 18. 3. 1978


This CD contains 77 min. (15 tunes) of previously unreleased music, recorded live in Switzerland in 1978. Illinois Jacquet is a powerful Texas-style tenor saxophonist, with a unique style blending the sound of Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins, plus plenty of blues and rhythm & blues feeling. Jacquet’s rhythm section is also comprised of major jazz stars: Hank Jones, George Duvivier and J.C. Heard. The repertoire is a tasty selection of jazz standards from the book of Basie, Ellington and Hefti, among others, plus a couple of originals. The CD showcases all facets of Jacquet’s great talent: from the roaring “The King”, to the gentle warmth of “Blue & Sentimental”, to the down-home, wailing and preaching blues “Blues From Louisiana.” The rhythm section is also featured throughout the program, especially the wonderful piano playing of the Teddy Wilson-inspired Hank Jones, who has two unaccompanied solo tunes.
Illinois Jacquet- (Tenor Sax)
Hank Jones- (Piano)
George Duvivier- (Bass)
J.C. Heard- (Drums)
01. The King (C. Basie) (5:10)
02. Jack The Bear (D. Ellington) (3:45)
03. Blues From Louisiana (I. Jacquet) (7:53)
04. C Jam Blues (D. Ellington – B. Bigard) (8:36)
05. Satin Doll (D. Ellington – B. Strayhorn) (6:38)
06. I Can’t Get Started (V. Duke, – I. Gershwin) (4:42)
07. Cute (N. Hefti) (3:17)
08. The Very Thought Of You (R. Noble) (2:53)
09. Oh, Look at Me Now (J. Bushkin, – J. DeVries) (3:36)
10. Blue and Sentimental (C. Basie – J. Livingston – M. David) (3:39)
11. In a Sentimental Mood (D. Ellington – M. Kurtz – I. Mills) (2:55)
12. George’s Blues (G. Duvivier) (5:21)
13. Things Ain’t What They Used to Be (M. Ellington – T. Persons) (6:52)
14. I Wanna Blow Now (B. Green) (8:07)
15. On the Sunny Side of the Street (J. McHugh – D. Fields) (3:19)

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Illinois JACQUET – Desert Winds 1964

Posted in Illinois JACQUET, JAZZ on December 12, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Illinois JACQUET – Desert Winds 1964
2004 Issue.


Hats off to Verve for continually culling their vast vaults and re-releasing long out-of-print classic jazz albums as limited edition CDs. Recently this effort has included a bunch of old Argo LPs, including this one by tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet. Though I’m very familiar with this legendary jazzman, it’s hard to believe “Desert Winds” is the first album of his as a leader I’ve ever purchased. And overall it is quite enjoyable as the sextet of Illinois, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, Ray Lucas on drums, and Willie Rodriguez on bongos & conga are in top form on this 2/13/64 session. On “Desert Winds” the band breezes through a set of mostly standards with the title track, “Lester Leaps In” and “Canadian Sunset” the highlights. The disc’s one Jacquet original, “Blues for the Early Bird,” also gives us the opportunity to hear Illinois on alto sax.
By Michael B. Rich.
It’s nice that Verve has made this excellent Argo release from 1964 available again. Illinois Jacquet is in great form, and gets excellent support from all involved, especially pianist Tommy Flanagan and guitarist Kenny Burrell. WHEN MY DREAMBOAT COMES HOME is taken medium-tempo and played in the bluesiest manner, which brings out the best of all three frontline men. Flanagan is especially impressive on LESTER LEAPS IN, on which he playes an attention-grabbbing intro and then lays out a sparkling single-note solo later on. Burrell takes a nice solo on CANADIAN SUNSET. Jacquet presents a rare treat on BLUES FOR THE EARLY BIRD by playing alto sax, but is super fine on STAR EYES, which is the highlight of the album. This is one of those albums that could easily have fallen through the cracks into oblivion had it not been reissued; grab it while it’s still available.
By Bomojaz.
The group acquits itself admirably on hard-swinging bop (“Lester Leaps In”), aching, wistful ballads (“You’re My Thrill”), and loping ’60s grooves (“When My Dreamboat Comes Home”). “Blues for the Early Bird” allows Jacquet to stretch out, while the title track, with its beautiful, serpentine melody, seems to meld Latin rhythm with a vague Eastern flavor (Jacquet and Burrell turn in especially tasteful, lyrical solos on this one). Dazzling individual chops and group interplay abound throughout, making DESERT WINDS a fine slice of soulful early-’60s jazz.
First recognized for his bright tone and proto-R&B approach, Illinois Jacquet rose to prominence in the 1940s playing with Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, and Count Basie. DESERT WINDS (recorded in ’64) finds Jacquet in a somewhat more reflective mode than the hyped-up style for which he is known. The laconic, bluesy contributions of guitarist Kenny Burrell, and a rhythm section that includes Latin drumming from the distinctly grooving Willie Rodriquez help craft the subtle mood. The warm, pristine sound associated with Rudy Van Gelder’s engineering (the album was cut at his studio) doesn’t hurt either.
Illinois Jacquet- (Alto Sax);
Kenny Burrell- (Guitar);
Tommy Flanagan- (Piano);
Wendell Marshall- (Bass);
Ray Lucas- (Drums);
Willie Rodriguez- (Congas, Bongos).
01. When My Dreamboat Comes Home 5:22
02. Desert Winds 4:20
03. Star Eyes 4:16
04. Blues For The Early Bird 3:17
05. Lester Leaps In 7:38
06. You’re My Thrill 3:53
07. Canadian Sunset 6:13

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Illinois JACQUET – The King 1968

Posted in Illinois JACQUET, JAZZ on December 3, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Illinois JACQUET – The King 1968
1995 Issue.


Tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet has never made an indifferent record, and this CD reissue of a Prestige date from 1968 has its strong moments. High points include the rousing, if overly brief “The King,” and a warm “Blue and Sentimental,” and an atmospheric feature on “Caravan” for Jacquet’s bassoon. On the other hand, this version of “How High the Moon” does not live up to its potential, and the two other songs (“A Haunting Melody” and “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”) are a bit dated. Two previously unissued alternate takes are included on the still rather brief (41 minutes) CD, which also has worthwhile contributions from trumpeter Joe Newman, pianist Milt Buckner and guitarist Billy Butler. Enjoyable music but not all that essential.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
Joe Newman- (Trumpet)
Illinois Jacquet- (Tenor Sax 1-5, 7, 8; Bassoon 6)
Billy Butler- (Guitar)
Milt Buckner- (Piano 1-5, 7, 8; Organ 6)
Al Luca-s (Bass 1-5, 7, 8; Tuba 6)
Jo Jones- (Drums)
Montego Joe- (Conga, Bongos 6)
01. A Haunting Melody (5:20)
02. I Wish I Knew (6:40)
03. How High The Moon (5:29)
04. The King (5:34)
05. Blue And Sentimental (6:30)
06. Caravan (D. Ellington (3:28)
07. A Haunting Melody (take 9) (2:55)
08. Blue And Sentimental (take 5) (5:17)

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Illinois JACQUET – Swing's the Thing 1956-1958

Posted in Illinois JACQUET, JAZZ on November 26, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Illinois JACQUET – Swing’s the Thing 1956-1958
2006 Issue.


The first CD of this collection of five includes Jacquet’s complete October 16, 1956 album Swing’s The Thing, with Roy Eldridge, Jimmy Jones, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown and Jo Jones as well as all of the tracks recorded on April 21, 1958, that were later released on the album The Cool Rage featuring Wild Bill Davis, Kenny Burrell and Johnny Williams. This CD also includes a version of Robbin’s Nest, recorded on August 11, 1959, as the only alternate take of the session Illinois Jacquet Flies Again, which we’ve included on this edition due to a lack of disc space on the collection’s second CD.
This is one of several in the complete collection of Illinois Jacquet’s recordings issued by Lonehill Jazz. The years covered by the label are from 1956-1966, in which the great saxophonist and bandleader did record somewhat infrequently but …    Full Descriptionissued great performances each time out. And these two dates, one from 1956 (Swing’s the Thing) and one from 1958 (The Cool Rage), were issued on 10″ vinyl editions, This CD version also contains one bonus track, an alternate version of “Robin’s Nest,” inexplicably. There are 11 cuts in all, containing over 50 minutes of music. But the magic is in the performances, so to speak with Jacquet, Roy Eldridge, Jo Jones, Herb Ellis, Jimmy Jones and Ray Brown in the party. The latter session features a young Kenny Burrell, Wild Bill Davis on B-3, and Johnny Williams on drums. This is essential Jacquet.
By Thom Jurek. AMG.
The first CD the Illinois Jacquet Project collection, includes Jacquet’s complete October 16, 1956 album Swing’s The Thing, with Roy Elbridge, Jimmy Jones, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown and Jo Jones as well as all of the tracks recorded on April 21, 1958, that were later released on the album The Cool Rage featuring Wild Bill Davis, Kenny Burrell and Johnny Wiliams. This CD also includes a Version of Robin’s Nest, recorded on august 11,1959, as the only alternate take of the session Illinois Jacquet Files Again, which we’ve included on this edition due to a lack of disc space on the collection’s second CD.
Roy Eldridge- (Trumpet),
Herb Ellis- (Guitar),
Illinois Jacquet- (Tenor Sax),
Budd Johnson- (Tenor Sax),
Jo Jones- (Drums),
Oliver Jackson- (Drums),
Russell Jacquet- (Trumpet),
Wild Bill- Davis (Organ),
Ray Brown- (Bass),
Kenny Burrell- (Guitar),
Barry Galbraith- (Guitar),
Frank Haywood- (Tenor Sax),
Haywood Henry- (Bariton Sax),
Jimmy Jones- (Piano),
Flip Ricard- (Trumpet),
Arnett Sparrow- (Trombone),
Al Lucas- (Bass),
Johnny Williams Jr.- (Drums).
The Illinois Jacquet Project: The Complete 1956-1966 Recordings
Volume #1

Contains The Complete Albums:
Clef’s October 1956 LP Swing’s The Thing
Verve’s April 21, 1958 The Cool Rage Session
#1-6: Illinois Jacquet (ts), Roy Eldridge (tp), Jimmy Jones (p), Herb Ellis (g), Ray Brown (b), Jo Jones (d).
Los Angeles, October 16, 1956.

#7-10: Illinois Jacquet (ts), Kenny Burrell (g), Wild Bill Davis (org), Johnny Williams (d).
NYC, April 21, 1958.
01. Vegas Blues  6:12
02. Harlem Nocturne  4:32
03. Can’t We Be Friends  6:42
04. Achtung  5:06
05. Have You Met Miss Jones?  5:56
06. Lullaby of the Leaves  5:49
07. No Sweat  2:51
08. Flying Home  3:12
09. The Fluke  2:35
10. Nite Out  3:14
11. Robbin’s Nest [Alternate Take]  4:24

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Illinois JACQUET – Illinois Jacquet And His Tenor Sax 1954

Posted in Illinois JACQUET, JAZZ on November 22, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Illinois JACQUET – Illinois Jacquet And His Tenor Sax 1954
Reedition 1983. Aladdin 803


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 their careers from his style, and practically from that one song.

Jacquet, whose older brother Russell (1917-1990) was a trumpeter who sometimes played in his bands, grew up in Houston, and his tough tone and emotional sound defined the Texas tenor school. After playing locally, he moved to Los Angeles where, in 1941, he played with Floyd Ray. He was the star of Lionel Hampton’s 1942 big band (“Flying Home” became a signature song for Jacquet, Hampton, and even Illinois Jacquet’ successor Arnett Cobb), and also was with Cab Calloway (1943-1944) and well featured with Count Basie (1945-1946). Jacquet’s playing at the first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert (1944) included a screaming solo on “Blues” that found him biting on his reed to achieve high-register effects; the crowd went wild. He repeated the idea during his appearance in the 1944 film short Jammin’ the Blues. In 1945, Jacquet put together his own band, and both his recordings and live performances were quite exciting. He appeared with JATP on several tours in the 1950s, recorded steadily, and never really lost his popularity. In the 1960s, he sometimes doubled on bassoon (usually for a slow number such as “‘Round Midnight”) and it was an effective contrast to his stomping tenor. In the late ’80s, Jacquet started leading an exciting part-time big band that only recorded one album, an Atlantic date from 1988. Through the years, Illinois Jacquet (whose occasional features on alto are quite influenced by Charlie Parker) has recorded as a leader for such labels as Apollo, Savoy, Aladdin, RCA, Verve, Mercury, Roulette, Epic, Argo, Prestige, Black Lion, Black & Blue, JRC, and Atlantic. Illinois Jacquet died on July 22, 2004.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
A1. Flying Home, Part 1
A2. Flying Home, Part 2
A3. Uptown Boogie
A4. Throw It Out Of Your Mind Baby
A5. For Europeans Only
A6. Big Dog
A7. You Left Me All Alone
A8. Jivin’ With Jack The Bellboy
A9. Blow Illinois Blow
B1. Illinois Blows The Blues
B2. Goofin’ Off
B3. Riffin’ With Jacquet
B4. Don’t Push Daddy
B5. Sahara Heat
B6. It’s Wild
B7. Destination Moon
B8. For Truly
B9. I Surrender Dear

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Illinois JACQUET – The Blues; That's Me! 1970

Posted in Illinois JACQUET, JAZZ on November 16, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Illinois JACQUET – The Blues; That’s Me!  1970
1991 Issue.


Tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet is heard in top form throughout this quintet set with pianist Wynton Kelly, guitarist Tiny Grimes, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Oliver Jackson. The music, which falls between swing, bop and early R&B, is generally quite exciting, especially “Still King,” “Every Day I Have the Blues,” and the lengthy title cut. A particular surprise is a moody version of “‘Round Midnight,” which features some surprisingly effective bassoon by Jacquet. This CD reissue is highly recommended.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
One of the good ones (and maybe somewhat underestimated ones)…
It is an Illinois Jacquet album, it’s called “The Blues; That’s Me!”;
if you think you’ve pegged it before actually listening, let me warn you that Jacquet traded his tenor sax for the basoon to give as an sensitive interpretation of Monk’s “Round Midnight” on this album (and the bass player Buster Williams uses his bow alot to achieve compatible effects… Great deal of this album is a very bluesy mainstream jazz affair, with the occasional feeling of jam-session (which can be both good and bad, depends how you look at it…).
Illinois is one of those muscular tenor men from the Texas school (as Dan Morgenstern points out in the reprinted original liner notes) but this album is one of the proofs how complete a musician he was /I’m glad his career was so long; there’s more for me to explore…/
Another of the less bluesy gems from this CD is “The Galloping Latin”, set by a beatiful Wynton Kelly intro on piano, while the rhythm section is superb throughout.
By Nikica Gilic.
I’m quite partial to the sound of the Texas tenors and this disc lives up to my every expectation. Illinois Jacquet has always been one of my favorites when it comes to deep toned tenor and on “The Blues, That’s Me!” Illinois serves up heap’s of it! To make matters even tastier, the inclusion of legendary four string guitarist Tiny Grimes add’s that one extra ingredient which makes this platter a pleasing and worthy addition to any jazz/blues collection. This session is filled with soulful swinging blues, hence the c.d.’s title and opening track. Along the way we’re treated to a wonderful brooding rendition of “‘Round Midnight” where Illinois lies down his tenor in favor of bassoon, adding even more temperment to Monk’s moody classic. Pianist Wynton Kelly along with the rhythm section of Buster Williams {bass} and Oliver Jackson {drums} certainly deserve praise as they Swing to their soul’s content on the the irresistible romp “The Galloping Latin”, proving that good jazz doesn’t always have to be so damn serious. After a reworking of the Stevie Wonder hit “For Once In My Life”, It’s only fitting that this disc end where it all began, with a final dose of the blues, as Illinois and company treat us to a rollicking version of Memphis Slim’s “everyday I Have The Blues”. The folks at Prestige have again released a winner!!
This album has a few surprises.  It starts out with a really slow Blues number, then picks up in intensity with “Still King” and then you get hit with a somber rendition of “Round Midnight”.  Astonishingly enough the bassoon playing of Jacquet on “Round Midnight” lends itself to the Blues theme.  After that there’s a Latin Blues song, which also sounds slightly Asian, that pianist Wynton Kelly shines on.  “For One in my Life” kills the momemtum again but “Everyday I Have the Blues” ends things energetically.  The Blues: That’s Me! certainly keeps you entertained.  I would love to hear Illinois Jacquet and King Curtis in a tenor sax battle.  Man, they would rumble!
The mighty Jacquet is up there with the greats of the tenor sax like Hawkins,Young,and Webster.This album from his Prestige era in the late `60s catches him in a bluesy mood.Backed by a fine band of Tiny Grimes on guitar,Wynton Kelly on piano,Buster Williams on bass,and Oliver Jackson on drums.The title track,Stevie Wonder`s”For Once In My Life”,and Memphis Slim`s”Everyday I Have The Blues” are all ace but the most interesting song is Monk`s”Round Midnight” on which Illinois plays freakin bassoon!
Illinois Jacquet- (Bassoon, Tenor Sax);
Tiny Grimes- (Guitar);
Wynton Kelly- (Piano);
Buster Williams- (Bass);
Oliver Jackson- (Drums).
01. The Blues; That’s Me!
02. Still King
03. Round Midnight
04. Galloping Latin, The
05. For Once in My Life
06. Everyday I Have the Blues

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