Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Five Classic Albums

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Five Classic Albums

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Illinois Jacquet

Five Classic Albums

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The Kid and the Brute

Russell Jacquet* (tp) Matthew Gee* (tb) Illinois Jacquet, Ben Webster[dagger] (ts) Leo Parker* (bs) John Acea f) Al Lucas (b) Osie Johnson (d) Chino Pozo (conga). NYC, December 13, 1954

I Wrote This For The Kid[dagger]/Saph*/Mambocito Mio*/The Kid And The Brute[dagger]/September Song*/Jacquet's Dilemma*

Swing's the Thing

Roy Eldridge (tp) Illinois Jacquet (ts) Herb Ellis (g) Jimmy Jones (p) Ray Brown (b) Jo Jones(d). NYC, July 1957

Las Vegas Blues/Harlem Nocturne/Can't We Be Friends/Achtung/Have You Met Miss Jones/Lullaby of the Leaves

Illinois Jacquet Flies Again

Russell Jacquet, Flip Ricard (tp) Arnette Sparrow (tb) Frank Haywood, Budd Johnson, Illinois Jacquet (ts) Haywood Henry (bs) Barry Galbraith (g) Jimmy Jones (p) Al Lucas (b) Oliver Jackson (d). NYC, August 11, 1959

Sleeping Susan/Robbin's Nest/Lean Baby/Bottoms Up/That's My Desire/ Black Velvet/Teddy Bear/Pleasingly Plump/I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance/Potpourri/The King/Robbins Nest (alt)

Illinois Jacquet Collates*/Groovin' With Jacquet[dagger]

Illinois Jacquet (ts) Oscar Moore (g) Carl Perkins (p) Red Callendar (b) J. C. Heard (d). Los Angeles, January 18, 1951

All of Me*/Pastel*/Speedliner*

Russell Jacquet, Joe Newman (f) Ernie Henry (as) Illinois Jacquet (ts) Rudy Williams (bs) Johnny Acea (p) Leonard Gaskins (b) Lee Abrams (d). Los Angeles, January 18, 1951

Later for the Happenin'*

Russell Jacquet (tp) Matthew Gee (tb) Illinois Jacquet (ts) Cecil Payne (bs) John Acea (p) Al Lucas f) Shadow Wilson (d). NYC, December 11, 1953

Groovin'*[dagger]/Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams*[dagger]/Cottontail*[dagger]/Weary Blues*[dagger]/ Just A Sittin' And A Rockin'[dagger]/Mean to Me[dagger]/One Nighter Boogie[dagger]

Illinois Jacquet (ts) John Collins (g) Hank Jones f) Gene Ramey (b) Art Blakey (d). NYC, May 24, 1951

Little Jeff[dagger]/Jacquet Jumps[dagger]/Blue Nocturne[dagger]/On Your Toes[dagger]/R. U. One?[dagger]

TT 2:36:47

Those of us who were around in the late forties and early fifties will recall that Illinois Jacquet was universally vilified by the jazz press. The hokey term "illinoises" was used to describe the honks, squeals, and other tonal effects which Jacquet sometimes used to climax to his solos and which were adopted by many other saxophonists of the period. Used sparingly, these devices could be very effective but it is true that, in his youthful exuberance, Jacquet was occasionally guilty of excesses of questionable taste. However, these "special effects" were never the sum total of his playing and in later years they were largely abandoned or at least deemphasized. …

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