Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis & Shirley Scott – Bacalao (1960/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 43:26 minutes | 489 MB | Genre: Jazz
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“Bacalao” is another album by saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis with organist Shirley Scott recorded in 1959 for the Prestige label.
When it came to tenor saxophonists, the late organist Shirley Scott had excellent taste. One of the big-toned tenor men she worked with extensively was Stanley Turrentine, whom she married; another was Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis. Recorded in Rudy Van Gelder’s New Jersey studio in 1959, Bacalao is among the many solid hard bop/soul-jazz albums that resulted from Davis’ association with Scott. The two of them enjoyed an incredibly strong rapport in the late ’50s and early ’60s, and they are very much in sync on Bacalao (which unites them with bassist George Duvivier, drummer Arthur Edgehill, and two Latin percussion men: Luis Perez and salsa giant Ray Barretto). The presence of Perez and Barretto gives the album some Afro-Cuban appeal, and both of them do well by Davis and Scott — who are in fine form whether they turn their attention to two James Moody items (“Last Train From Overbrook” and “Dobbin’ With Redd Foxx”) or well-known pop standards (which include “That Old Black Magic,” “Sometimes I’m Happy,” “When Your Lover Has Gone,” and “Come Rain or Come Shine”). In the liner notes that he wrote for Bacalao in 1959 or 1960, Amiri Baraka (formerly Leroi Jones) describes “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “That Old Black Magic” as “old beat-up tunes”; even back then, those Harold Arlen standards were considered warhorses. But Baraka also goes on to say that Davis and his colleagues revitalize the songs. Organ combo soul-jazz was still new and fresh in 1959, and Scott was helping Davis find new ways to interpret very familiar melodies. Although not quite essential, Bacalao is a rewarding example of Davis’ ability to thrive in an organ/tenor setting. ~ Alex Henderson
01 – Intermission Riff
02 – Can’t Get Out Of This Mood
03 – Foxy
04 – Our Delight
05 – Bahia
06 – Bingo Domingo
Produced by Esmond Edwards. Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder.
Recorded on December 20, 1959 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ.
Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis – tenor saxophone
Shirley Scott – organ
George Duvivier – bass
Arthur Edgehill – drums
Luis Perez – bongos, congas
Ray Barretto – bongos