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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

Possessor of a cutting and immediately identifiable tough tenor tone, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis could hold his own in a saxophone battle with anyone. Early on, he picked up experience playing with the bands of Cootie Williams (1942-1944), Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk (1945-1946), and Louis Armstrong. He began heading his own groups from 1946 and Davis' earliest recordings as a leader tended to be explosive R&B affairs with plenty of screaming from his horn; he matched wits successfully with Fats Navarro on one session. Davis was with Count Basie's Orchestra on several occasional (including 1952-1953, 1957, and 1964-1973) and teamed up with Shirley Scott's trio during 1955-1960. During 1960-1962, he collaborated in some exciting performances and recordings with Johnny Griffin, a fellow tenor who was just as combative as Davis. After temporarily retiring to become a booking agent (1963-1964), Davis rejoined Basie. In his later years, Lockjaw often recorded with Harry "Sweets" Edison and he remained a busy soloist up until his death. Through the decades, he recorded as a leader for many labels, including Savoy, Apollo, Roost, King, Roulette, Prestige/Jazzland/Moodsville, RCA, Storyville, MPS, Black & Blue, Spotlite, SteepleChase, Pablo, Muse, and Enja. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Straight Blues

1. The Rev

2. Stolen Moments

3. Heat 'N' Serve

6. Pots And Pans

7. Trane Whistle

8. Street Lights

9. Softly Baby

10. Jawbreakers

11. Straight No Chaser

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Track List: Street Lights

1. I Only Have Eyes For You

2. Sweet And Lovely

3. Street Lights

4. The Way You Look Tonight

5. It's A Pity To Say Goodnight

6. Time On My Hands

7. There Will Never Be Another You

8. What's New

9. Too Marvelous For Words

10. A Foggy Day

11. Beano

12. Day By Day

13. Robbin's Nest

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Track List: Afro-Jaws

1. Wild Rice

2. Guanco Lament

3. Tin Tin Deo

4. Jazz-A-Samba

5. Alma Alegre (Happy Soul)

6. Star Eyes

7. Afro-Jaws

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Track List: Trane Whistle

1. Trane Whistle

2. Whole Nelson

3. You Are Too Beautiful

4. The Stolen Moment

5. Walk Away

6. Jaws

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Track List: Cookbook, Volume 1

1. Have Horn, Will Blow

2. The Chef

3. But Beautiful

4. In The Kitchen

5. Three Deuces

6. But Beautiful (Alternate Take)

7. Avalon

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Track List: Smokin'

1. High Fry

2. Smoke This

3. Pennies From Heaven

4. Pots And Pans

5. Jaws

6. It's A Blue World

7. Blue Lou

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Sax playing...ou t of sight!
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Listening to Lockjaw's version of Stolen Moments. It's always interesting to hear other versions of this piece besides Oliver Nelson's original and Davis is doing a fine job with it. He was a wonderfully inventive improvising melodist.
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This guy can really play, would have loved to SEEN him in person. Watch his actions on the Sax.
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Gut Bucket Blues, nuff said.
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Goddamn Man! How cool was this guy?
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Listen to "Hands Down" and you'll see why "Jaws" was so highly regarded.
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I love to hear Lock with the Hammond B-3!
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Cool tenor sax!
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tauseti
Eddie's solo on Count Basie's Jumpin' at the Woodside (Standing Ovation)is still the best I've ever heard.
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One Of Your
Bigger Sounding Tenor Players In His Day.
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rmghera
could you please give the birthdate & date of death of the artists.
Thank you. Devout listener

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