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Blues Up & Down
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Blues Up & Down
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (7) - Disc #1

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin were one of several two-tenor tandems working in jazz in the 1950s and '60s. Other prominent pairings were the bop-blues combo of Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt and the Lester Young di...  more »

      
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All Artists: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Title: Blues Up & Down
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Milestone
Release Date: 10/10/2000
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Soul-Jazz & Boogaloo, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 025218478427

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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin were one of several two-tenor tandems working in jazz in the 1950s and '60s. Other prominent pairings were the bop-blues combo of Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt and the Lester Young disciples Zoot Sims and Al Cohn. Even Ammons and Stitt, though, would be hard-pressed to match the high-spirited swing that Davis and Griffin could generate, tearing into their often riff-based tunes with energy that could match a good big band. This CD combines two of their Jazzland LPs--Blues Up and Down from 1961 and Griff & Lock from 1960--for nearly 78 minutes of infectious music. While they swing with equal ferocity and share big sounds, they're seldom hard to distinguish. Davis was a major contributor to the Basie band and he could apply breathy, bluesy inflections to every note in a phrase. Griffin, by then a sideman to Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey, could spin out bop lines at breathtaking speeds. Highlights include "Walkin'," the hard-swinging "Last Train from Overbrook," and the concluding "Good Bait" with the tenors exchanging snippets of the theme, but the ebullient spirits are present throughout. Larry Gales and Ben Riley play bass and drums on both sessions (this was a working band) with Junior Mance the pianist on the earlier session, Lloyd Mayers on the later one. --Stuart Broomer
 

CD Reviews

A Gem from Dad's Collection
M. G. Pearce | Buffalo, New York United States | 09/02/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"My late father had a great jazz collection, the quality of which was lost on me until I my music explorations in college gave me some perspective. This CD includes all the cuts that introduced me to hard bop as demonstrated by Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis. "Hey Lock!" jumps with a swing that you only read about. "Last train to overbrook" is a rousing retelling of the James Moody piece that has more zest than Lock's solo statement and is guaranteed to make fans howl and newcomers instant fans of these unbelievable dueling tenors."