Afternoon In A Doghouse – Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

A blues head with plenty of bop influence that sounds just as at home today as it did in 1946.

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

March 2, 1922 – November 6, 1986

Tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis was self-taught. He developed his own sound and had an often unorthodox way of playing the saxophone. Johnny Griffin, with whom Lockjaw created an important 2-tenor sax alliance, and Lockjaw made many incredible recordings together, starting with their "Battle Stations" session for Prestige on September 2, 1960. Don Sickler recalls, "Johnny told me that, at first, he used to look at Jaws' fingers to try to figure out how he came up with his unique lines. Johnny quickly abandoned that effort (trying to figure out Lockjaw's unorthodox approach), telling me something like: 'He was incredible, I have no idea how he could play the saxophone that way. I very quickly stopped trying to figure out what he was doing. Watching his fingers would mess me up!'" Read more...

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