Performer: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (Tenor)
Artist: Shirley Scott; George Duvivier
Engineer: Rudy VanGelder...
Producer: Esmond Edwards...
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: Full performer name: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis/Buddy Tate/Coleman Hawkins/Arnett Cobb. Personnel: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Buddy Tate, Coleman Hawkins, Arnett Cobb (tenor saxophone); Shirley Scott (Hammond organ); George Duvivier (bass); Arthur Edgehill (drums). Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on April 29, 1959. Originally released on Prestige (7167). Includes original liner notes by Ira Gitler. Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1990, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California). Personnel: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (tenor saxophone); Buddy Tate (tenor saxophone); Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone); Arnett Cobb (tenor saxophone); Shirley Scott (Hammond b-3 organ); George Duvivier (bass instrument); Arthur Edgehill (drum). Tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and his quartet (which includes organist Shirley Scott, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Arthur Edgehill) welcome three immortal tenors (Coleman Hawkins, Arnett Cobb and Buddy Tate) to what became a historic and hard-swinging jam session. On three blues, an original based on the chord changes of "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Lester Leaps In," the four tenors battle it out and the results are quite exciting. The spirited music on this memorable LP will hopefully be reissued on CD eventually, for the performances live up to their great potential. ~ Scott Yanow
One of the great sax pugilists, tenor man Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis was featured as a star soloist in many of the NYC big bands of the '40s and '50s, most notably Count Basie's. His work with Shirley Scott virtually defined the blustery tenor/bluesy organ combo sound, and a later dual-tenor outfit co-led with Johnny Griffin gave rise to uncompromised excitement and sonic virility at every turn.
Also Appears On:
Adams, Pepper Ammons, Gene Basie, Count Carroll, Joe Cook, Junior Cuber, Ronnie Donaldson, Lou Edwards, Teddy Griffin, Johnny Holloway, Red Jackson, Willis Johnson, Budd Machito Parlan, Horace Powell, Seldon Quebec, Ike Richardson, Jerome Scott, Shirley Stitt, Sonny Tate, Buddy
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