Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

Live at the Widder

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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis is heard during two night club sets (1982) on this CD, one of his last recordings prior to his death in 1986. The gritty yet swinging tenor saxophonist is joined by veteran drummer Oliver Jackson, bassist Ilsa Eckinger, and pianist Gustav Csik during this engagement in Zurich, Switzerland. Davis is in top form, whether playing a brisk blues like "Oh Gee" or an up-tempo swinger such as "S'Wonderful." But Davis is especially enjoyable during the numerous ballad features. Typically starting off each one unaccompanied, his total mastery of the form during his stunning performance of "I Can't Get Started With You" and his lush interpretation of "Misty" demonstrate how much he could do with standards that had already been recorded hundreds of times. This Swiss CD is well worth the extra effort to track down.

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