CAT # PRCD-24160-25
1. When Your Lover Has Gone 5:59 2. We'll Be Together Again 5:41 3. I Heard You Cried Last Night 4:53 4. The Red Blues 3:09 5. Untitled Blues 5:09 6. Softly Baby 5:59 7. Blue Room 5:48 8. Stella By Starlight 4:29 9. It Could Happen To You 5:43 10. What's New 3:56 11. The Very Thought Of You 6:25 12. Serenade In Blue 4:16 13. The Man I Love 4:21 14. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes 4:32 15. I Cover The Waterfront 5:35
The lengthy release Gentle Jaws combines two sessions, a 59er with Red Garland’s trio, and a 60 set with Shirley Scott on piano. Jaws sticks to standards here, and he glazes tunes like “We’ll Be Together Again”
and “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” between bluesy originals like “The Red Blues.” This is like putting icy hot crème on your tight muscles at the end of a tough day-just what you want to listen to get deprogrammed from your boss’ tirades.
Moodsville, the Prestige subsidiary inaugurated in 1959, was created expressly with ballads and blues albums in mind. On those notes, the label couldn’t have gotten off to a better start than with tenor saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (1921-1986) sitting in with the popular trio led by pianist Red Garland (1923-1984). Garland and company back an obviously appreciative Jaws on four sublime tracks here, and take the spotlight on four more. Between 1955 and 1960 Davis and Shirley Scott (b. 1934) enjoyed a mutually successful partnership; the self-taught Davis’s virile, hard-charging tenor contrasted winningly with Scott’s deft, lightsome work on organ. Her original instrument, however, was the piano, and on the seven well-known standards here she shows her debt to the man with the nonpareil touch, Red Garland.
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