Classic Tenors, Vol. 2

Various Artists

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Classic Tenors, Vol. 2 Review

by Scott Yanow

Some of the music on this LP duplicates the Doctor Jazz album titled The Big Three (the two Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young selections), but it is completely different from the first volume of Classic Tenors. Hawkins is heard on an obscure two-song set with a quintet featuring pianist Ellis Larkins ("Lover Come Back to Me" and "Blues Changes"), while Lester Young plays the alternate versions of "Hello Babe" and "I'm Fer It Too" in a septet with trumpeter Bill Coleman and trombonist Dickie Wells. Julian Dash (best known as a sideman with Erskine Hawkins' Orchestra) heads a combo for four rare titles from 1950, while Edie "Lockjaw" Davis is heard during one of his earliest sessions (from May 1946) interpreting four heated songs, including one ("Lockjaw") that gave him his nickname. The music on this album might not be in the "classic" category, but the four different approaches to playing swing tenor are interesting to compare.