Illinois Jacquet – Swing’s the Thing {Verve}_24bit96kHz

Illinois Jacquet – Swing’s the Thing {Verve}_24bit96kHz

Bop, Tenor Saxophone

24bit/96kHz, FLAC tracks, Artwork (web)

704 MB.

AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

This is one of several in the complete collection of Illinois Jacquet’s recordings issued by Lonehill Jazz. The years covered by the label are from 1956-1966, in which the great saxophonist and bandleader did record somewhat infrequently but issued great performances each time out.

And these two dates, one from 1956 (Swing’s the Thing) and one from 1958 (The Cool Rage), were issued on 10″ vinyl editions, This CD version also contains one bonus track, an alternate version of “Robin’s Nest,” inexplicably. There are 11 cuts in all, containing over 50 minutes of music.

But the magic is in the performances, so to speak with Jacquet, Roy Eldridge, Jo Jones, Herb Ellis, Jimmy Jones and Ray Brown in the party. The latter session features a young Kenny Burrell, Wild Bill Davis on B-3, and Johnny Williams on drums. This is essential Jacquet.

01. Las Vegas Blues (6:17)
02. Harlem Nocturne (4:32)
03. Can’t We Be Friends (6:43)
04. Achtung (5:07)
05. Have You Met Miss Jones? (5:56)
06. Lullaby of the Leaves (5:45)

Illinois Jacquet – tenor saxophone
Roy Eldridge – trumpet
Jimmy Jones – piano
Herb Ellis – guitar
Ray Brown – bass
Jo Jones – drums

Recorded October 16, 1956; Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA

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