Eddie “Lockjaw Davis” made his name with the second incarnation of Count Basie’s Orchestra (Tate was in the first one).
This guy was the classic gruff-toned tenor, and swung like few others.
His 58 session with organist Shirley Scott, Jerome Richardson/ts-fl-br, George Duvivier/b and Arthur Edgecliff/dr is a juke joint classic, with the tunes ranging=2 0from a snapping “Pennies From Heaven” to a teary eyed “It’s A Blue World.” Richardson’s three horns adds extra dimensions to the high velocitied indigo session. Gotta love it!
Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis’s series of Cookbook albums for Prestige introduced an intriguing variation on the organ/tenor ensembles that were growing so popular at the time. By centering the group sound on the distinctive voicings of organist Shirley Scott, retaining a string bass foundation in the person of the great George Duvivier, and taking full advantage of the many possibilities presented by multi-instrumentalist Jerome Richardson, “Jaws” placed a rollicking and quite musical new spin on the genre. This album is a postscript to the Cookbooks, taking the quintet into the smoking room for some after-dinner blowing.
with Jerome Richardson, George Duvivier, Arthur Edgehill