- Released: October 1, 1996
- Label: Original Jazz Classics
- 1.Dirty Butt Blues
- 3.One for the Count
- 4.My Ideal
- 5.Simly Sweets
- 6.Opus Funk
- 8.Miz Kitty's Blues
Full performer name: Harry "Sweets" Edison/Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis.
Personnel: Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (tenor saxophone); Dolo Coker (piano); Harvey Newmark (bass); Jimmie Smith (drums).
Recorded at Group IV Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California on September 22, 1977. Includes original liner notes by Benny Green.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1996, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (tenor saxophone); Dolo Coker (piano); Jimmie Smith (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Benny Green .
Recording information: Group IV Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (09/22/1977).
Photographer: Phil Stern.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Dolo Coker; Jimmie Smith ; Harvey Newmark.
Even in the 1970s, after decades as a top-shelf jazz trumpeter with Count Basie and on his own, Harry "Sweets" Edison still had something to say, as shown on his 1977 album, SIMPLY SWEETS. Part of the key to Edison's artistic longevity was always his adherence to his trademark values of simplicity and bluesy swing, which are employed to excellent effect here. It doesn't hurt that he's aided in this endeavor by another Basie alumnus, sax man Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (one seemingly couldn't break into the Basie band without a snappy nickname). On a brace of tunes based on blues changes and terse melodic statements--including "One For The Count," an homage to Edison and Davis's former boss--the small group keeps things moving while maintaining plenty of melodic interest.