Various Artists

Giants of the Blues Tenor Sax

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

This two-LP set (which has been reissued as part of a similarly titled three-CD set) has a dozen performances from a variety of great tenor-saxophonists who recorded for Prestige during the period: Buddy Tate, Jimmy Forrest, Coleman Hawkins, Arnett Cobb, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Hal Singer, Al Sears, Illinois Jacquet, King Curtis, Frank Foster and Jimmy Forrest. In addition to the later CD reissue, virtually all of the music is also available in its original context, making this two-fer far from essential, but it serves as a good introduction to these many bop-oriented and full-toned tenors.