Storyville Records

Davis, Eddie "Lockjaw"

Edward Davis (March 2, 1922 – November 3, 1986), who performed and recorded as Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist.Davis played with Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie, as well as leading his own bands and making many recordings as a leader. He played in the swing, bop, hard bop, Latin jazz, and soul jazz genres. Some of his recordings of the 1940s also could be classified as rhythm and blues. His 1946 band, Eddie Davis and His Beboppers, featured Fats Navarro, Al Haig, Huey Long, Gene Ramey and Denzil Best. In the 1950s he was playing with Sonny Stitt, while from 1960 to 1962 he and fellow tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin led a quintet. From the mid-60s, Davis and Griffin also performed together as part of The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, along with other, mainly European, jazz musicians. Davis may be heard playing on the 1973 CBS album Ella Fitzgerald at the Newport Jazz Festival Live at Carnegie Hall on the song "Young Man with a Horn".

Recordings

Harry "Sweets" Edison / Richard Boone / Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis / Leonardo Pedersens Jazzkapel: With Leonardo Pedersen's Jazzkapel

Since1962, Leonardo Pedersen’s Jazzkapel has been Denmark’s tightest, hard-swinging “almost” big band, in the musical tradition of Count Basie, Quincy Jones and Louis Jordan. Thus, they provided perfect backing for the three guest soloists – Harry “Sweets” Edison, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Richard Boone – all alumni of the Count Basie Band. While there is a distinct Kansas City/Count Basie feel to this album, the repertoire also includes some Horace Silver bop classics and Louis Jordan jump-jive favourites. The three guest soloists here are true individual stylists – their sound is immediately identifiable. Thanks to their obvious compatibility with Leonardo Petersen’s Jazzkapel, “Sweets”, “Lockjaw” and Richard Boone play – and sing – with the same brilliance and passion as in their heyday with the Count.