Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

Countin' with Basie

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After recording extensively for the R&B King label during 1955-57, tenor saxophonist Eddie Lockjaw Davis made a jazz-oriented set for Roulette that was presented by Count Basie. Last put out by the French Vogue label on a 1984 LP, this set features the tough-toned tenor with organist Shirley Scott, bassist George Duvivier, drummer Butch Ballard and (on the majority of the tracks) trumpeter Joe Newman and pianist Count Basie himself. Not too surprisingly, the music swings and the mixture of swing standards (such as "Broadway" and "Street of Dreams") and basic originals bring out the best in these fine players.