Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop
Playing on the cusp of Kansas City swing and bebop, Jimmy Forrest fashioned his tone from St. Louis, a perfect spot to mix jazz languages, situated as it is between K.C. and the Big Apple. On this 1959 date, Forrest opens ... more »
Playing on the cusp of Kansas City swing and bebop, Jimmy Forrest fashioned his tone from St. Louis, a perfect spot to mix jazz languages, situated as it is between K.C. and the Big Apple. On this 1959 date, Forrest opens up standard jams like "These Foolish Things" and "What's New" and jumps inside with the help of a top-shelf unit: guitarist and fellow St. Louisan Grant Green (in his recording debut), drummer Elvin Jones, pianist Harold Mabern, and bassist Gene Ramey. Forrest's tenor tone alternates between punchingly tough and waveringly singsong (à la the great Lester Young, who cut his own swath through K.C.). The tunes are all festively loose, except when they're touching. As for the band, little more can be said than their very names to underscore their position in the jazz canon. --Andrew Bartlett
DANIEL Mc Brearty | Belgium | 02/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just listening to this for the first time. Been sadly unaware of Mt Forrest up until now. This is hard swinging bop, with a healthy dollop of the blues. Jimmy's tone reminds me more of Hawk or Ben, but of course there is a heap of Prez in his phrasing - who was unaffected by Lester?
The ballads are fine too. Jimmy does great with "These Follish Things" and "You Go To My Head" ... the rest I'll tell you when I've finished listening!
Don't hesitate. Get it if you like hard swinging jazz."