Harry Edison & Eddie Davis – Live At Paris (1977)

FrontCover1In 1937, American jazz trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison moved to New York and joined the Count Basie Orchestra. His colleagues included Buck Clayton, Lester Young (who named him “Sweets”), Buddy Tate, Freddie Green, Jo Jones, and other original members of that famous band. In a 2003 interview for the National Museum of American History, drummer Elvin Jones explained the origin of Edison’s nickname: “Sweets had so many lady friends, he was such a handsome man. He had all these girls all over him all the time, that’s why they called him Sweets.” “Sweets” Edison came to prominence as a soloist with the Basie Band and as an occasional composer/arranger for the band.He also appeared in the 1944 film Jammin’ the Blues. He passed away in 1999, at the age of 83.

American jazz tenor saxophonist Edward F Davis, known professionally as Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, played with Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk, Eddie Bonnemere, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie, as well as leading his own bands and making many recordings as a leader. He played in the swing, bop, hard bop, Latin jazz, and soul jazz genres. Some of his recordings from the 1940s also could be classified as rhythm and blues. He died of cancer at the age of 64 in 1986. (bigozine2 magazine)


And here´s a beautiful concert of this two masers of Swing, recorded live in Paris, 1977.

This is actually good old school jazz . Heavy on horns and piano and light on theatrics ala the hack McLaughlin. Big thumbs up from me . Give this a listen as it has my approval. (by Smashmouth)

Recorded live at the Espace Cardin, Paris, France; January 23, 1977
Very good FM broadcast.


Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis (saxophone)
Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison (trumpet)
Major Holley (bass)
Oliver Jackson (drums)
Gerry Wiggins (piano)

01. Three Little Words (Ruby/Kalmar) 4.17
02. Broadway (Woode/Bird/McRae) 9.42
03. I’ve Got A Crush On You (Gershwin) 8.04
04. Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Jobim) 4.31
05. Just Friends (Klenner/Lewis) 9.30
06. Lady Is A Tramp (Rodgers/Hart) 4.28
07. (This Is The End Of) A Beautiful Friendship (Kahn/Styne) 5.57
08. Blues In G (Edison) 6.49
09. Like Someone In Love (Van Heusen/Burke) 8.05
10. Days Of Wine And Roses (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) 8.50
11. Bye Bye Blackbird (Henderson/Dixon) 9.12
12. But Beautiful (Van Heusen/Burke) 4.38
13. Satin Doll Ellington/Strayhorn/Mercer) 7.08
14. Indiana (Hanley/MacDonald) 9.51
15. Blues In C (Davis) 4.39



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