Illinois Jacquet was the tenor player for Lionel Hampton who had a HUGE hit with his solo on the legendary “Flying Home.” He also starred in a number of JATP concerts, and put out some R&B ish stuff in the 40s-50s. This 68 session has him also playing bassoon on a mysterious “Caravan;” otherwise he’s hammering out “How High The Moon” and “Blue And Sentimental” with style and lyricism. Milt Buckner/p-org, Billy Butler/g, Joe Newman/p join in on a hard hitting title track as well.
Illinois Jacquet made his mark with Lionel Hampton in 1941 as a specialist in swagger, screech, and stimulation. That aspect of his playing became further fixed in the public mind when he toured with Jazz At The Philharmonic. Those who paid attention to the whole musician knew that Jacquet's abilities encompassed a great deal more than exhibitionism, as he proved in the mid-Forties on his Apollo, Aladdin, and Savoy recordings. Jacquet was never off the scene, but he was neglected through the 1950s and early '60s. When his Prestige albums attracted critical favor and gathered a new audience, it amounted to a comeback that has never slowed. For The King! Jacquet surrounded himself with sidemen who understood not only his excitement but his lyricism and thoughtfulness. They included the daddy of modern drumming, Jo Jones.
with Joe Newman, Milt Buckner, Billy Butler, Al Lucas, Jo Jones, Montego Joe