Flying Home: The Best of Verve Years

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Illinois Jacquet's reputation as a premier improvising swing-to-bop tenor saxophonist is firmly cemented via these 20 selections, actually the best of the Clef label recordings in the '50s produced by Norman Granz. This is a well-chosen collection, with groups ranging from small ensembles and spirited organ combos (check out the very hip "Port of Rico") to a select few big bands. Many tracks such as "Speedliner," "Heads," "The Kid and the Brute," and "Achtung" were perfect jam vehicles, and are great inclusions here, but Jacquet was not only known in that format. His extraordinary ballad work, rivaled only by Lester Young and Ben Webster, is well represented on a ...
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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Illinois Jacquet's reputation as a premier improvising swing-to-bop tenor saxophonist is firmly cemented via these 20 selections, actually the best of the Clef label recordings in the '50s produced by Norman Granz. This is a well-chosen collection, with groups ranging from small ensembles and spirited organ combos (check out the very hip "Port of Rico") to a select few big bands. Many tracks such as "Speedliner," "Heads," "The Kid and the Brute," and "Achtung" were perfect jam vehicles, and are great inclusions here, but Jacquet was not only known in that format. His extraordinary ballad work, rivaled only by Lester Young and Ben Webster, is well represented on a smattering of standards as well as "Pastel," "Bluesitis," and "Where Are You?" On top of that, you get all-time hits "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Cotton Tail," and his signature solo during "Flying Home." The urgent, forward-thinking, or tender sound of Illinois Jacquet is well documented on this fine compilation, which is easily recommended for both Jacquet mavens and newcomers to this mighty musician.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/1994
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452164421
  • Catalog Number: 521644

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Speedliner (3:01)
  2. 2 Pastel (2:32)
  3. 3 Groovin' (2:40)
  4. 4 Cotton Tail (2:51)
  5. 5 Boot 'Em Up (2:57)
  6. 6 Bluesitis (3:03)
  7. 7 Lean Baby (3:01)
  8. 8 Port of Rico (2:41)
  9. 9 Where Are You? (2:53)
  10. 10 Heads (3:19)
  11. 11 It's the Talk of the Town (3:26)
  12. 12 The Kid and the Brute (8:25)
  13. 13 Sophia (4:13)
  14. 14 Honeysuckle Rose (6:45)
  15. 15 Stardust (3:41)
  16. 16 Las Vegas Blues (6:13)
  17. 17 Achtung (5:03)
  18. 18 Have You Met Miss Jones? (5:53)
  19. 19 No Sweat (2:51)
  20. 20 Flying Home (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Illinois Jacquet Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Ace Piano
Count Basie Organ
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Freddie Green Guitar
Ernie Henry Alto Saxophone
Hank Jones Organ
Joe Newman Trumpet
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone, Brass
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Matthew Gee Trombone
Russell Jacquet Trumpet
Wild Bill Davis Organ
Count Red Hastings Tenor Saxophone
Chano Pozo Conga
Carl Perkins Piano
John "Johnny" Adriano Acea Piano
Al Bartee Drums
Art Blakey Drums
Ray Brown Bass
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Henry Coker Trombone
Osie Johnson Drums
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Elmon Wright Trumpet
Al Lucas Bass
Johnny Williams Drums
Lammar Wright Jr. Trumpet
Technical Credits
Count Basie Contributor
Curtis Counce Contributor
Harry "Sweets" Edison Contributor
Roy Eldridge Composer
Herb Ellis Contributor
Illinois Jacquet Composer
Jo Jones Contributor
Ben Webster Composer
Irving Ashby Contributor
John Hammond Sr. Contributor
Oscar Moore Contributor
Ahmad Kharab Salim Arranger, Composer
Sir Charles Thompson Contributor
Gene Ramey Contributor
Norman Granz Producer
Red Callender Composer, Contributor
John Collins Contributor
Jimmy Crawford Contributor
J.C. Heard Contributor
Jimmy Jones Contributor
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Val Valentin Producer
Earle Warren Contributor
Shadow Wilson Contributor
Elmon Wright Contributor
Brian Priestley Liner Notes
Gerry Wiggins Contributor
Andrew Nicholas Mastering
Lammar Wright Jr. Contributor
David Stone Martin Illustrations
Lisa Po-Ying Huang Art Direction
Joe Sinacore Contributor
Sid Robin Composer
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