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Monday, April 15, 2013

82. Eddie "Lochjaw" Davis Cookbook, Vol. 2 (1958)

The second installment of the Jaws Cookbook is a hot and steamy affair, steeped in the deep blues magic of the proprietor and soulful organ fury of Shirley Scott. She really works those draw bars! The intensity pulses and swells when Jaws takes a chorus, and the floodgates really open when he yields the floor to her. The Side 1 opener "The Rev" and followup "Stardust" really benefit from this treatment. As if to cool things off, or reel them back in, Jaws occasionally hands it over to Jerome Richardson on flute, which adds an additional texture that sounds as natural as the organ and tenor. After the wait, "Skillet" brings out the uptempo mode. Again Arthur Edgehill and George Duvivier take timekeeping duties, and their performances are the cord that hold the whole thing together, playing tightly and concisely . "The Broilers" raises the roof in Basie fashion, Jaws and Scott blowing huge choruses that seem to beg for the brass of a big band. The OJC CD includes "Willow Weep for Me," previously released on the Prestige sampler, The Soul Jazz Giants. Nice disc, overall.

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