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Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis

Possessor of the reducing and immediately identifiable rough tenor build, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis could keep his own within a saxophone struggle with anyone. In early stages, he found experience using the rings of Cootie Williams (1942-1944), Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk (1945-1946), and Louis Armstrong. He started heading his very own groupings from 1946 and Davis’ first recordings being a head tended to end up being explosive R&B affairs with a lot of screaming from his horn; he matched up wits effectively with Extra fat Navarro using one program. Davis was with Count number Basie’s Orchestra on many periodic (including 1952-1953, 1957, and 1964-1973) and teamed up with Shirley Scott’s trio during 1955-1960. During 1960-1962, he collaborated in a few exciting shows and recordings with Johnny Griffin, a fellow tenor who was simply just like combative as Davis. After briefly retiring to become reserving agent (1963-1964), Davis rejoined Basie. In his old age, Lockjaw often documented with Harry “Sweets” Edison and he continued to be a active soloist until his loss of life. Through the years, he recorded like a innovator for many brands, including Savoy, Apollo, Roost, Ruler, Roulette, Prestige/Jazzland/Moodsville, RCA, Storyville, MPS, Dark & Blue, Spotlite, SteepleChase, Pablo, Muse, and Enja.

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