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5.0 out of 5 stars Illinois Bursts through his Wrapping
Illinois Jacquet was a super tenor saxophonist and leader. Sometimes labelled as 'honkey-tonk' unfairly, as this collecton of 5 classic albums prove. Avid need congratulations for producing another budget collection. Digitally re-mastered. Sound quality is excellent.

'The Kid and The Brute': 1954. Welcome for the two tracks with Ben Webster. The two tenors are...
Published on 28 Jun. 2012 by ACB(swansea)

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3.0 out of 5 stars FRENETIC but fine
A classic example of be bop noisy, fast paced for the main;with some quasi tender numbers.It merits 3'5 stars -will play it often but not regularly
Published on 11 Dec. 2012 by descartes


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illinois Bursts through his Wrapping, 28 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Five Classic Albums (The Kid And The Brute / Swing's The Thing / Illinois Jacquet Flies Again / Illinois Jacquet Collates / Groovin' With Jacquet) (Audio CD)
Illinois Jacquet was a super tenor saxophonist and leader. Sometimes labelled as 'honkey-tonk' unfairly, as this collecton of 5 classic albums prove. Avid need congratulations for producing another budget collection. Digitally re-mastered. Sound quality is excellent.

'The Kid and The Brute': 1954. Welcome for the two tracks with Ben Webster. The two tenors are at their best on 'I Wrote this for the Kid' and 'The Kid and the Brute'. Long tracks worth the price of the album alone. Illinois is everywhere and clearly in charge (if that's possible with Webster around!) 'September Song' is a tender ballad.

'Swing's The Thing: 1958. Roy Eldridge adds his power on trumpet along with Herb Ellis(g), Ray Brown(b)and Jimmy Jones (p), Jo Jones(d).' Las Vega's Blues', and 'Lullaby of the Leaves' are outstanding. Swing plus three ballads including 'Harlem Nocturne' and 'Have You Met Miss Jones'.

'Flies Again: 1959. A swinging set in a big band setting. Short tracks.' That's My desire', 'Robbin's Nest', 'Potpourri' and the lovely ballad 'I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance' show off Illinois's talents whether pushing the pace or suddenly blowing tender ballads. Jimmy Jones did most of the arrangements.

'Collates' and 'Groovin' with Jacquet are examples of his versatility, whether taking ballads such as 'Pastel', 'Wrap Your Troubles In dreams' or faster numbers exemplified by 'Groovin', 'Jacquet Jumps' or 'Speedliner'. These again are times associated with 78's of the period. Accompanying musicians include Carl Perkins(p),Oscar Moore (g), Red Callender(b), J.C.Heard(d), Art Blakey(d).
Excellent and highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JACQUET UNBUTTONED, 9 April 2012
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Barry McCanna (Normandy, France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Five Classic Albums (The Kid And The Brute / Swing's The Thing / Illinois Jacquet Flies Again / Illinois Jacquet Collates / Groovin' With Jacquet) (Audio CD)
This 2-CD set offers five albums which span the decade of the fifties. The earliest is "IJ Collates", the first four tracks of which date from January 1951. The other four tracks were duplicated on "Groovin' with Jacquet", and those tracks plus a further three date from December 1953, the remainder on that album from May 1951. "The Kid and the Brute" dates from December 1954, "Swing's the Thing" from July 1957, and "Illinois Jacquet Flies Again" from August 1959.

Taking these in the order in which they are presented, the album "The Kid and the Brute" was somewhat deceptive, because Illinois was joined by Ben Webster on only two tracks. Both the title song and "I Wrote this for The Kid" are extended pieces on which the two tenor men solo and duet with just a rhythm accompaniment. On the remaining four numbers Illinois heads up his mid-fifties group, and brother Russell on trumpet, Matthew Gee on trombone, Leo Parker on baritone and Al Lucas on bass sax contribute punchy solos to the mainly up-tempo numbers. Ben Webster's comment in the original sleeve note that Illinois "can play very exciting and then turn around play a pretty ballad" is exemplified by the ballad "September Song".

"Swing's the Thing" is also misleading, featuring as it does three ballads, of which "Harlem Nocturne" is the stand-out. Jacquet is in great company, with Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Jimmy Jones on piano, Ray Brown on bass, Herb Ellis on guitar and Jo Jones on drums. "Illinois Jacquet Flies Again" was recorded with an eleven-piece band, and was rightly acclaimed at the time. Seven of the eleven tracks were recreations of earlier recordings by Illinois, including "Robbins Nest", Lean", Baby", and "Black Velvet". The sheer drive of his playing, pushing against the beat, is much in evidence on the faster numbers here.

The "Collates" album (and possibly also "Groovin'") was compiled from Mercury singles. That's reflected in the varying line-ups involved, which are never less than stellar, and include Joe Newman on trumpet, Carl Perkins on piano, Oscar Moore on guitar, and Art Blakey on drums. This was during Illinois' JATP phase, which points to Norman Granz' involvement. It's a judicious blend of ballads and hard-driving numbers, which showcases the range of Illinois' playing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five superb albums from a wonderful saxophonist, 18 May 2015
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This review is from: Five Classic Albums (The Kid And The Brute / Swing's The Thing / Illinois Jacquet Flies Again / Illinois Jacquet Collates / Groovin' With Jacquet) (Audio CD)
Five superb albums from a wonderful saxophonist. The sound on some tracks (not all) sounds a little compressed to my ear (which if you check the bitrate indicates why). Cramming 5 albums on 2 cds may be a factor, but overall the quality is perfectly acceptable to good and you get a clear insight into the music. Value for money (from an independent trader) it has to be 5 stars. Good on Avid Jazz for providing such a cheap route into such great music.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FRENETIC but fine, 11 Dec. 2012
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A classic example of be bop noisy, fast paced for the main;with some quasi tender numbers.It merits 3'5 stars -will play it often but not regularly
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