Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

The Best of Eddie Lockjaw Davis [Prestige]

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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis is one of a handful of tenor saxophonists who can be recognized immediately for his forceful tone and effortless ability to swing in any setting. This compilation draws from his many albums recorded for Prestige in the late 1950s and early 1960s, most of the selections featuring him in groups with the superb organist Shirley Scott. Even in small group settings, Davis inspires his musicians so much that they end up sounding like a much larger band. His soulful take of "Willow Weep for Me," the majestic "Body and Soul" (no doubt inspired in part by Coleman Hawkins' landmark interpretation), Oliver Nelson's big band blues "Trane Whistle" and the gospel-tinged "Goin' to Meetin'" are among the highlights of this rewarding survey of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis' work for Prestige.

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