- Released: July 16, 2007
- Label: Jsp Records
- 1.Bow Jest
- 2.Limehouse Blues
- 3.G Baby
- 4.Lover Come Back
- 5.I Cover the Waterfront
- 6.Exactly Like You
- 7.Bow Jest - (alternate take)
- 8.Limehouse Blues - (alternate take)
Illinois Jacquet: Illinois Jacquet; Gray Sargent.
Personnel: Illinois Jacquet (tenor saxophone); Gray Sargent (guitar); Vic Dickenson (trombone); Barry Harris (piano); Grady Tate (drums).
Additional personnel: Slam Stewart (bass guitar); Grady Tate, Vic Dickenson, Barry Harris .
Liner Note Author: The Mike Hennessey Chastet.
Recording information: Downtown Sound, NY (1980).
Photographer: Hardy Schiffler.
The late Illinois Jacquet was one of the most dynamic and exciting tenor saxophonists jazz has ever produced. While no innovator, he combined the elegant verities of swing (both big- and small-band varieties) with the earthy, irreverent honks and squeals of raw jump blues. Directly or indirectly, Jacquet was also a subsequent influence on R&B and rock & roll. NEW YORK SESSIONS is a re-release of an older session helmed by Illinois and features an unusually diverse lineup. Jacquet himself spans swing, jump blues, and bebop; Vic Dickenson and Slam Stewart are Swing Era veterans; Detroit jazz legend Barry Harris is a hard-bop stalwart; and Grady Tate is a versatile mainstream cat. These fellows cut loose on a program of well-known standards for an easygoing yet lively good-time gathering. It's a set of thinking-persons' party music.