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John Coltrane - “In The Winner’s Circle”
John William Coltrane, the legendary American jazz saxophonist and composer, organized at least fifty recording sessions as a leader during his career. The “In the Winner’s Circle” sessions, which took place in New York City (September – October 1957), were a new step for him which highlighted an interesting early chapter in his career.
Stan Levey - “Grand Stan”
Even though he played on over 2000 recordings, Stan Levey cut just a precious few sessions as a leader. None of them more engaging than Grand Stan. From the middle of the drummer’s five-year tenure with Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse All-Stars, the album crackles with energy and invention, capturing the West Coast bop aesthetic at its most potent. Aided by then-unknown pianist Sonny Clark, trumpeter Conte Condoli, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and tenorist Richie Kamuca, Levey created an expansive rhythmic canvas for his collaborators, stretching out most songs past the five-minute mark to accommodate a series of crisp, finely honed solos.
Bobby Scott - “Great Scott”
Ira Gitler, who wrote the album’s liner notes, went on to write, “Don’t judge Bobby Scott as a 17-year-old when you listen to these three sides for his playing has the merit to stand by itself.” With Great Scott (Bethlehem, 1954), Bobby Scott made himself known as a new force in jazz, revealing a deep, rich understanding of the art form far beyond his years. The album was a showcase of his virtuous playing but also of the tremendous chemistry and musical communication he had with the lively trio made up of Bill Bradley, Jr. and Whitey Mitchell.
Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis
H.G. Neely, who composed the liner notes forward, also wrote that the key to Eddie Davis was swing, “a swing beat, sometimes subtle, sometimes brash, but always swinging.” Eddie Davis was one of the first of the recognized tenor sax jazz soloists to use organ to compliment his own horn style. It wasn’t until his fourth recording date that he joined hands with the wonderful and incomparable Shirley Scott. From this unison developed one of the most interesting and certainly unique jazz combinations. The Best of Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis Shirley Scott At The Piano offers the best moments these two jazz masters created together.