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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

Soul jazz quintet led by saxophonist from New York City

Armando Bellmas
Armando Bellmas
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to soul jazz by Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis's mid-50s quintet. Featured in the band are flautist Jerome Richardson and organist Shirley Scott. The latter owns this tune, her organ on the first half of it is trance-inducing, with a slow, steady groove that locks you in. It's stunning.

You'll go deeper with an excerpt from and a link to an article on Flophouse Magazine.


"In the Kitchen" by Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (featuring Shirley Scott and Jerome Richardson)
1958 | Soul jazz quintet led by saxophonist from New York City

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Shirley Scott’s solo on In The Kitchen seems filled with her memories of the sermons she attented [sic] in her youth. More like her forefathers Milt Buckner and Wild Bill Davis than modernist Jimmy Smith, Scott focuses on riffs and a theatre/accordion-type sound. Then it’s Lockjaw’s turn. Initially, Davis noodles age-old blues licks with a low-volume, breathy sound, but he progressively speaks up more forcefully and finally his howls take over the recording studio of Rudy van Gelder in Hackensack, New Jersey. One of the pleasures of playing with “Lockjaw” must’ve been that his imposing sound and scabrous style effectively pushes a group forward. Stimulated considerably, Jerome Richardson delivers a blues-drenched flute solo with a remarkable ‘singing’ tone and some rugged tongue-effects.

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