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



Alternate frontcover:


Various Artists – Ballads – Tomorrow´s Jazz Classics (2003)



From the label history:
Like many other enterprises that just sort of come into being, nagel heyer records, of Hamburg, Germany, was never planned. It all started on George Gershwin’s birthday, September 26, 1992. We produced a jazz concert of Gershwin music, which was recorded live just to have a souvenir of the event. The recording was a great success thanks to the superb musicians who played on it: George Masso, Randy Sandke, Kenny Davern, Danny Moss, Eddie Higgins, Len Skeat, and Jake Hanna. Because of that seven live recordings of concerts in Hamburg followed in 1993.

Since then we have recorded over 200 titles and the label’s mission is to present the finest in modern and mainstream jazz. nagel heyer’s recent catalogue includes recordings by jazz greats such as Marc Copland, Wycliffe Gordon, Eric Reed, Greg Osby, Clark Terry, Donald Harrison, Bill Charlap, Terell Stafford, Harry Allen, Buck Clayton, Ralph Sutton, Howard Alden, Bob Wilber and Warren Vaché amongst others.

NagelHeyerLogonagel heyer records aspires to become one of the most influential independent jazz labels of the future (“…it’s not hard to say that nagel heyer are out-majoring the so-called ‘majors’.” Tim Dorset, Jazz Review), combining a healthy respect and high regard for jazz’s glorious past with a vision that looks eagerly toward jazz’s bright future.

Frank Nagel-Heyer, President/CEO of nagel heyer, himself observes “there is amazing amount of wonderful talent to be heard far and wide in the jazz world today. nagel heyer will continue to expose both established and emerging young artists.” Marcus Printup, Wayne Escoffery, Dylan Cramer, Lyambiko, David Gibson, Roy Powell, Ken Peplowski, Denis Gaebel, and Byron Stripling are but some of the emerging artists signed to the label.

It is no coincidence that reviewers wrote about us:

“Followers of the nagel heyer label know what to expect from this high quality, amazingly consistent German firm – hot, live, combo-jam performances by some of the best swing-orientated jazzmen in the world today.” Jack Sohmer, Jazz Times

“What’s the difference between mainstream, then and now? If Concord sets the standard for this kind of album two decades back, then nagel heyer are flying the same flag even higher now.” Richard Cook, Jazz Review

nagel heyer has a love affair with jazz. Each recording is a product of warmth, precision and meticulous attention to detail. Sound is mastered to perfection. Track selection and editing is a delicate and diligent collaboration of artist, engineer and producer. Both live and studio discs are available. That’s why the German label has achieved a near legendary status amongst the critics and the International jazz public at large.

BackCover1And this is brilliant sampler: 12 soulful jazz ballads (plus catalog in the booklet), the perfect music for a hot and lazy sunday … And I will hear this album during my holidays in Italy in August … and: that´s why I love music !

01. Martin Sasse Trio feat. Peter Bernstein: Search For Love (Sasse) 7.20
02. Marc Copland & Greg Osby: Silent Attitude (Osby) 5.04
03. Lyambiko: Tenderly (Gross/Lawrence) 5.25
04. Loren Stillman: Happy (Stillman) 6.31
05. Eric Reed: I Love You Lord (Reed) 6.50
06. Wycliffe Gordon: I Can`t Get Started (Duke/I.Gershwin) 8.08
07. Donald Harrison & Ron Carter: My Funny Valentine (Rodgers/Hart) 8.13
08. Harry “Sweets” Edison: Wave (Jobim) 8.44
09. Stephan Noel Lang: Parting (Lang) 6.07
10. Peter Weninger & Martin Wind: Little Prayer (Wind) 4.16
11. Ken Peplowski Quartet: Ballad For Very Tired And Very Sad Lotus Eaters (Strayhorn) 4.32
12. Claus Koch: Ghost Of A Chance (Crosby/Washington/Young) 6.11