The Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Johnny Griffin Quintet always played exciting music. With two very distinctive and competitive tenor saxophonists as co-leaders, their music offered plenty of fiery trade-offs and tenor battles that generally ended up as a "tie." This CD has the six songs on the original LP, Battle Stations, plus two slightly later tracks that were left off of the other CD reissues. On the bulk of the selections (five obscurities plus "If I Had You"), Davis and Griffin are joined by pianist Norman Simmons, bassist Victor Sproles, and drummer Ben Riley. A lengthy "Billie's Bounce" and a brief "Theme" have pianist Junior Mance, bassist Larry Gales, and Riley inspiring the tenors. Fun and stimulating music.
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