Jimmy Forrest used his huge tone to perfection on this September 61 sesion with Calvin Newborn/g (brother of Phineas), Hughe Lawson/p, Tommy Potter/b and Clarence Johnston/dr. Newborn does some nice work on his rare recorded outing, but it’s Forrest’s show, and he fills the room with his dangling the slipper on the toes reading of “Rocks In My Bed” and “The Moon Was Yellow.” This is like getting the seat next to the grill at the local BBQ house-just mouth watering.
Big-toned tenor saxophonists were nurtured, as a rule, in the big bands of the Thirties and Forties. Jimmy Forrest, featured in the orchestras of Andy Kirk and Duke Ellington for most of the latter decade, was no exception; and the program that Forrest chose for this engaging and intensely swinging collection nods to that era by including tunes made famous by the bands of Ellington, Erskine Hawkins, Jimmie Lunceford, and Glenn Miller. While the album title encourages comfort, the quintet that Forrest assembled never allows the energy level to flag, yet mixes tempos and grooves with nonchalance. Calvin Newborn and Hugh Lawson reinforce each other's work in the rhythm section, and the guitarist (brother of piano great Phineas Newborn) receives one of the most expansive settings on record for his deep-blue concept. The bonus ballad "That's All" makes for added relaxation.
with Calvin Newborn, Tommy Potter, Hugh Lawson, Clarence Johnston