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JOE DANIELS Empress 853 Swing Is The Thing ● CD $13.98
22 sides from this English tub-thumper, recorded with his own hot jazz aggregations in the 30s. Joe obviously felt a little stifled in his regular gig with Harry Roy's dance band, and on these recordings he really cut loose with a plethora of percussive passages; some amazing, some just novel, and some dangerously close to Spike Jones' turf. The ensemble work on the chestnut-laden repertoire is generally a bit stiff, but there are some great soloists too, notably Max Goldberg (tpt), Albert Harris (gtr) and Harry Hayes (as/clnt). Unforgettable too is the unbelievably clumsy piano of Pat Dodd, who sounds like he was molesting the keyboard with a handful of rather large sausages. (MB)

KENNY DAVERN Jazzology 197 Playing For Kicks ● CD $14.98
Fine clarinetist recorded in England in 1985 in a trio setting.

KENNY DAVERN & DICK WELLSTOOD Jazzology 187 Stretchin' Out ● CD $14.98
Davern and pianist Wellstood with drummer Chuck Riggs jam on a selection of six tunes from the 30s - The Man I Love/ Lover Come Back To Me/ (There Is) No Greater Love, etc.

KENNY DAVERN & KEN PELOWSKI Arbors 19246 The Jazz KENnection ● CD $16.98
Clarinetist Davern and alto saxist Pelowksi are joined by a tight rhythm section on a selection of jazz and pop standards - I'm Satisfied With My Gal/ I'll See You In My Dreams/ Careless Love/ Creole Love Call/ All Of Me, etc.

EDDIE "LOCKJAW" DAVIS King KCD 506 Modern Jazz ● CD $9.98
Reissue of King 506 from 1955 with Doc Bagby and Charlie Rice. This trio setting gives Lockjaw ample room to show his chops; Eddie blows sometimes soft, sometimes hard, but always swinging. While Davis is proving just what a fine tenor player he is, Bagby adds just the right amount of cheesy organ and Rice contributes some basic unobtrusive drumming. The whole package is a period piece (sax-organ-drum trios no longer being the rage) but one worth investigating.

EDDIE "LOCKJAW" DAVIS Original Jazz Classics 429 Trane Whistle ● CD $12.98

EDDIE "LOCKJAW" DAVIS Original Jazz Classics 652 The Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Cookbook, Vol. 1 ● CD $12.98
See 653 below for review.

EDDIE "LOCKJAW" DAVIS Original Jazz Classics 653 The Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Cookbook, Vol. 2 ● CD $12.98
These two delicious dishes were served up back in 1958, and represent the first time tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis donned the apron to lead his own sessions for Prestige. His stint with the mid-50's Basie band made him a name to watch, and shortly afterward he devoted himself to the R&B-flavored organ combo style which supported him through many years. Davis' keyboard partner on these albums is Shirley Scott, probably the hippest of the "true" jazz organists, and the two of them keep things simmering, even when the heat is turned down low. In the style of the times, these cuts are swinging and lengthy, with an emphasis on propulsive soloing by our star chefs, plus the tasty tenorisms and slightly less flavorful flute solos of Jerome Richardson. A must-have for connoisseurs of the soulful style - get 'em both. (MB)

EDDIE "LOCKJAW" DAVIS Original Jazz Classics 756 Cookbook Vol 3 ● CD $12.98

EDDIE "LOCKJAW" DAVIS Prestige 11014 Straight Blues ● CD $15.98
11 blues flavored sides recorded for Prestige in the late 50s & early 60s with Count Basie, George Duvivier, Eric Dolphy, Red Garland, Roy Haynes, Junior Mance and many others - The Rev/ Heat 'n' Serve/ Edison's Lights/ Jawbreakers, etc.

JOHN DAVIS Newport Classics 85660 Plays Blind Tom ● CD $16.98


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