Mojo (Publisher) - p.1324 stars out of 5
-- "[A] wildly funk blowing session."
Personnel: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (tenor saxophone); Jerome Richardson (tenor saxophone, flute); Shirley Scott (organ); George Duvivier (bass); Arthur Edgehill (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on June 20, 1958. Originally released on Prestige (7141). Includes original liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1991, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (tenor saxophone); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis ; George Duvivier (bass instrument); Jerome Richardson (flute, tenor saxophone); Shirley Scott (organ); Arthur Edgehill (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Rudy Van Gelder.
Liner Note Author: Ira Gitler.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ (06/20/1958/09/12/1958).
Author: Rudy Van Gelder.
The first volume of THE EDDIE "LOCKJAW" DAVIS COOKBOOK is a potent dose of blues-based mainstream jazz. Accompanied by the soul-jazz organist Shirley Scott, Davis lays down lovely ballads ("But Beautiful"), mid-tempo cookers ("The Chef"), and high-octane wailers ("In the Kitchen") that should leave Davis fans, and those who relish smoky, late-'50s jazz of this stripe, salivating. Davis's bold, rolling tenor sax is in fine form here, and with its strong performances and song selection VOL. 1 arguably bests the two successive volumes. Still, anyone who digs what they hear on this set will certainly want to check out the others.