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- by John Coltrane ~ Coltrane Plays The Blues ~ $9.88
- Released: October 13, 1998
- Label: Prestige
- 1.The Rev
- 2.Stolen Moments
- 3.Heat 'N' Serve
- 4.Untitled Blues
- 5.Edison's Lights
- 6.Pots and Pans
- 7.Trane Whistle
- 8.Street Lights
- 9.Softly Baby
- 11.Straight, No Chaser
Personnel: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (tenor saxophone); Paul Weeden (guitar); Jerome Richardson (flute, reeds, baritone saxophone); Eric Dolphy (bass clarinet, alto saxophone); Bob Ashton, Oliver Nelson, George Barrow (reeds); Richard Gene Williams , Clark Terry, Harry "Sweets" Edison , Bobby Bryant (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland, Melba Liston (trombone); Count Basie, Hugh Lawson, Junior Mance, Red Garland, Richard Wyands (piano); Don Patterson, Shirley Scott (organ); Clarence Johnston, Jimmie Smith , Roy Haynes, Art Taylor, Arthur Edgehill, Ben Riley, Billy James (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Recording information: Minton's Pla (09/12/1958-05/05/1976); New York, NY (09/12/1958-05/05/1976); RCA Studios, LA, CA (09/12/1958-05/05/1976); Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (09/12/1958-05/05/1976); Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ (09/12/1958-05/05/1976).
Arrangers: Ernie Wilkins; Oliver Nelson.
As earthy and true-blue as the disc's title, the huge, abrasive yet joyous tenor sax of Jaws is showcased in a variety of settings in this compilation from Prestige's heyday in the '50s and '60s. Since the CD is constantly expanding and contracting in personnel, from the Red Garland Trio to a big band with several stops in between, there is no listener fatigue even though the menu is mostly blues. Shirley Scott's grunting organ can be heard pumping up the truckin' Lockjaw rhythm section on "Heat 'N' Serve," "Pots and Pans" and "The Rev"; these tracks helped launch her in the soul-jazz world. We also hear the fine, wailing, little-known first version of "Stolen Moments" with a big band led by the composer Oliver Nelson (with Nelson and Eric Dolphy in the ranks); indeed, Lockjaw can be said to have launched Nelson the arranger, too. The stray Pablo track from 1976 is a combo date with Count Basie and "Sweets" Edison on open horn, "Edison's Lights." Everything here has been reissued on CD previously, so the Lockjaw completist fringe needn't apply. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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