Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis may not have been the fastest, flashiest, or most far-out tenor saxophonist of his time, but when it came to swinging relentlessly, playing the blues with conviction, or rendering ballads with caressing tenderness he took a back seat to no one. Here's Davis (1921-1986) at the top of his game, recorded in 1960 and 1962 when he was a Prestige Records mainstay. With the exception of one quartet track ("The Moon of Manakoora"), the self-taught ex-Basie-ite leads two separate quintets, both of which feature conga drummers--two of the best in Ray Barretto or Willie Bobo--for an added dash of Latino spice. The 1960 group finds him in the familiar company of longtime musical partners Shirley Scott and George Duvivier, organ and bass, respectively, while the long-out-of-print 1962 session that produced the wonderful LP Goin' to the Meeting is enhanced by the undervalued pianist Horace Parlan.
with Ray Barretto, Willie Bobo, Buddy Catlett, George Duvivier, Arthur Edgehill, Horace Parlan, Shirley Scott, Arthur Taylor