Jumpin' at Apollo

Jumpin' at Apollo

by Illinois Jacquet Illinois Jacquet


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Illinois Jacquet jumped from being a little-known 19-year-old to the tenor to emulate when he soloed on "Flying Home" in Lionel Hampton's band in 1942. This, in turn, brought him to the attention of Cab Calloway in 1943 and eventually helped him found his own band in the mid-'40s. Jumpin' at Apollo delivers 23 tunes Jacquet recorded as a leader between 1945 and 1947 with a number of star side players, including bassist Charles Mingus, trumpeter Joe Newman, and pianist Bill Doggett. Small-band settings, ranging from six to eight players, provide Jacquet's tenor plenty of cushion to swing against. On the jaunty "Jacquet Bounce," Doggett's light touch and John Simmons' steady bassline call to mind the Count Basie sound, while the gentle "Robin's Nest" gives Jacquet room to show off his dexterity as a ballad player. "Bottom's Up," as Dan Morgenstern points out in the liner notes, is another take on "Flying Home," giving the star of this set a chance to revisit his signature tune. There's also a great big noisy Jacquet solo on the rollicking "12 Minutes to Go." Both cuts offer a good reminder of why Jacquet's tenor style caused so much of a stir in the 1940s and why his influence spread so rapidly. Jumpin' at Apollo offers listeners a fine introduction to a powerful and influential tenor.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/14/2002
Label: Delmark
UPC: 0038153053826
catalogNumber: 538
Rank: 141050


  1. Diggin' the Count
  2. Bottoms Up
  3. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You
  4. South Street Special
  5. Jacquet Bounce
  6. Robbins' Nest
  7. Jumpin' at Apollo
  8. What's This
  9. Memories of You
  10. Music Hall Beat
  11. Jumpin' at the Woodside
  12. Merle's Mood
  13. She's Funny That Way
  14. 12 Minutes to Go
  15. Wondering and Thinking of You
  16. Here Comes the Blues
  17. Wynonie's Blues
  18. Bottoms Up
  19. 12 Minutes to Go
  20. Merle's Mood
  21. South Street Special
  22. Jumpin' at the Woodside
  23. Jacquet Mood

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Illinois Jacquet   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Wynonie Harris   Vocals
Bill Doggett   Piano
Freddie Green   Guitar
Charles Mingus   Bass
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Leo Parker   Baritone Saxophone
Russell Jacquet   Trumpet
Charles Thompson   Piano
Trummy Young   Trombone
Denzil Best   Drums
Arthur Dennis   Baritone Saxophone
Ulysses Livingston   Guitar
Ray Perry   Alto Saxophone
John Simmons   Bass
Shadow Wilson   Drums
Lucas   Bass
Wichard   Drums

Technical Credits

Robert G. Koester   Producer
Dan Morgenstern   Liner Notes
Steve Wagner   Producer

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