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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The mid-'50s were a fruitful time for Illinois Jacquet, as he was about age 30. A popular and distinctive tenor saxophone soloist who could easily fit into a swing, big-band, bop, blues, or rhythm & blues context, he was also asserting himself as a bandleader. These sessions, the fifth in a series of Classics label reissues for Jacquet, are all originally from the Clef label and produced by Norman Granz. Mostly done in New York City, they feature his five-years-older brother, trumpeter Russell Jacquet, in a series of mid-sized ensembles that were hype-dubbed an orchestra. As Jacquet was involved with Granz in his Jazz at the Philharmonic traveling shows, these ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The mid-'50s were a fruitful time for Illinois Jacquet, as he was about age 30. A popular and distinctive tenor saxophone soloist who could easily fit into a swing, big-band, bop, blues, or rhythm & blues context, he was also asserting himself as a bandleader. These sessions, the fifth in a series of Classics label reissues for Jacquet, are all originally from the Clef label and produced by Norman Granz. Mostly done in New York City, they feature his five-years-older brother, trumpeter Russell Jacquet, in a series of mid-sized ensembles that were hype-dubbed an orchestra. As Jacquet was involved with Granz in his Jazz at the Philharmonic traveling shows, these tunes naturally have a jam session feel. The first eight tracks, from 1953, feature a dynamite rhythm session of pianist Johnny Acea, bassist Al Lucas, and drummer Shadow Wilson. Trombonist Matthew Gee and baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne round out the "orchestra." There's some crazed, frantic bop on the "Out of This World" variation "On Your Toes," the lithe and fast hard bop with low-end bari and high-end brass of "Jacquet Jumps" and "Heads," the easy swing of Acea buoying "It's the Talk of the Town," and the totally bluesy counterpointed trumpet of Russell Jacquet as a foil for his brother during "R.U. One," minus Payne. Percussive tongue pops inspire the calypso beat of the unusual, near-novelty item "Jatap Conga." On the next four cuts, from 1954, Leo Parker replaces Payne, and Osie Johnson is the drummer man. Conga legend Chano Pozo joins in on the hot and joyous "Mambocito Mio," with group vocals, and there's the richly arranged "Jacquet's Dilemma" and the famous ballad "September Song," where the tenor of Jacquet explores the deepest blue spectrum. Two more cuts from 1954 team Ben Webster and Jacquet's unison tenors with Pozo on the Latinized bopper "The Kid and the Brute" and the follow-up slinky blues "I Wrote This for the Kid." The 1955 sessions are from Los Angeles with West Coasters Gerald Wiggins and Carl Perkins playing organ and piano, respectively. This combination breeds a neat energy, and with guitarist Irving Ashby, the band takes a different tack. Trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison is the tenor's foil, sliding easily through "Love Is Here to Stay" and the ballad "East of the Sun," while swinging hard on the fun tune "Empathy" and doing the groove biscuit similar to "Let the Good Times Roll," here dubbed "Cool Bill" (perhaps for Bill Doggett), minus Perkins. This short but potent time capsule in what must be considered the near prime of Illinois Jacquet is as precious as mid-period straight-ahead jazz gets, and is highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2008
  • Label: Classics France
  • UPC: 826596016252
  • Catalog Number: 1451

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Jeff - Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (2:43)
  2. 2 Jacquet Jumps - Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (1:51)
  3. 3 Blue Nocturne - Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (3:09)
  4. 4 On Your Toes - Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (3:19)
  5. 5 R.U. One - Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (2:55)
  6. 6 Jatap Conga - Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (2:55)
  7. 7 It's the Talk of the Town - Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (3:30)
  8. 8 Heads - Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (3:22)
  9. 9 Jacquet's Dilemma - Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (3:12)
  10. 10 Mambocito Mio - Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (2:53)
  11. 11 September Song - Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (4:33)
  12. 12 Saph - Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (2:43)
  13. 13 The Kid and the Brute (8:27)
  14. 14 I Wrote This for the Kid (11:55)
  15. 15 Love Is Here to Stay - Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (4:30)
  16. 16 Empathy - Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (4:45)
  17. 17 East of the Sun - Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (4:44)
  18. 18 Cool Bill - Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (5:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Illinois Jacquet Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Counce Bass
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Leo Parker Baritone Saxophone
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Wiggins Organ
Irving Ashby Guitar
Matthew Gee Trombone
Russell Jacquet Trumpet
Chano Pozo Conga
John "Johnny" Adriano Acea Bass
Al Bartee Drums
Osie Johnson Drums
Shadow Wilson Drums
Technical Credits
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Marty Symes Composer
Anatol Schenker Liner Notes
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