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Four Classic Albums (Out Of The Forrest / Sit Down And Relax With Jimmy Forrest / Most Much / Soul Street) Double CD

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  • Audio CD (2 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Avid Jazz
  • ASIN: B00EDWCPJU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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AVID Jazz here presents four classic Jimmy Forrest albums including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. 'Out Of The Forrest'; 'Sit Down And Relax With Jimmy Forrest'; 'Most Much' and 'Soul Street' Jimmy Forrest came from the 'middle school' of jazz tenor men, somewhere between the pre bop style of Lester Young, Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins and the post bop style of Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. His sound was both big and warm and steeped in the blues. 'Out Of The Forrest' recorded in 1961 represents Jimmy Forrest's first Prestige LP under his own name since his debut 'Forrest Fire' on the Prestige New Jazz label that introduced new acts. Labelled in the original liner notes as 'roadhouse music' where a band must play tight together to entertain the crowd with first dance numbers but also slow numbers for the smoochers. This lineup includes men who were with Forrest in the 'Sweets' Edison band and had learnt to play with a tightness born of their experience together. Jimmy Forrest on tenor, Joe Zawinul on piano, (who of course went on to greater glory with Miles and Weather Report), Tommy Potter on bass and Clarence Johnston on drums. 'Sit Down and Relax With Jimmy Forrest' again from 1961 features Calvin Newborn on guitar, Tommy Potter on bass, Hugh Lawson on piano and Clarendon Johnston on drums. Featuring a set list as 'diverse and varied as anyone could want …………..Jimmy Forest and Co approach each tune with an originality and spontaneity that makes each tune seem new, although most of these tunes are old standards'. 'Most Much' is an album which according to the original lines notes is 'melodically satisfying, emotionally moving and highly danceable'. Jimmy is again joined by Hugh Lawson on piano, Tommy Potter on bass, Clarendon Johnston on drums with Ray Barretto on congas. While still a hard blowing set in the inimitable JF style, the music also represents a return to melody and away from the long and technically accomplished solos popular at the time. Who can the liner notes writer be referring to when he remarks …..'they have placed increasing emphasis and reliance on complex 'way out' harmonic structures which is largely devoid of melodic content......dulled by monotonously long solos in which technical brilliance too often has to take the place of 'soul' and 'swing'?? For our final selection 'Soul Street' Jimmy is showcased in three distinct settings, a small group in which he is the leader and pianist Hugh Lawson is heavily featured. On a track where three tenors are featured including Oliver Nelson and thirdly in front of a big band, again led by Oliver Nelson. All four albums have been digitally re-mastered.

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Jimmy Forrest's footnote in jazz history is not entirely respectable for the most famous claimed composition "Night train" became involved in a wrangle over a copyright issue with Duke Ellington who considered that the tune's theme had been lifted from his own substantial stable. Forrest is also remembered in boxing circles as the musician of choice for a Sonny Liston training session.

The excellent and very reasonably priced Avid offering presents four albums recorded by Forrest in 1961 & 1962. On three albums Forrest fronts a rhythm group but Soul Street is a mixed bag comprising quintet, sextet and big band under the direction of fellow tenor man Oliver Nelson. Worthy of note on three albums is the fine piano work of Hugh Lawson

Together with such robust players as Eddie Barefield and John Hardee Forrest, a hard driving player, now tends to be somewhat overlooked. Fortunately he is quite well recorded and a number of CDs are currently available. The Avid issue is a very good introduction to the work of a soloist and reed section man who worked with both Count Basie & Duke Ellington. Forrest is also heard to good effect on Avid's tribute to Harry Edison. Here on disc one the two horns front a very competent small group.

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A bit of a peculiar mixture in some ways. Jimmy was a strong tenor player who occupied the ground in between mainstream and modern jazz, a convincing player of the blues, and usually an out and out swinger. Most of the tracks here are straight ahead and highly satisfying, but every now and then Jimmy is just a little too relaxed, and on 'Soul Street' there are a few attempts to set him up in slightly unsuitable surroundings.
'Out Of The Forrest' is very good. On it he is accompanied by Joe Zawinul, Tommy Potter and Clarence Johnson. Bass and drums were obviously part of Jimmy's working band of the time, and produce a comfortable relaxed beat. Zawinul is a surprise, and fits in perfectly, eschewing the jangly stuff he did a little later with Cannonball, or the cod electronics that came even later.
'Sit Down and Relax' is equally good. Bass and drums remain the same, Hugh Lawson replaces Zawinul on piano, and Calvin Newborn is added on guitar, The band are very comfortable with each other, and the new boy, Newborn, is an attractive player, obviously at home with the blues, albeit technically slightly limited. Again, a thoroughly satisfying session.
'Most Much' features the same band but with Ray Barretto on conga drums replacing the guitar. The music is pretty much as before but with one or two conga features and with the resounding thwack of the conga laying down the back beat on most of the other tunes. Barretto was a frequent and welcome visitor to modern jazz sessions around this time, and shows why here.
So far the slight changes in personnel provide variety and interest to the first three sessions. The problems start with 'Soul Street', which seems to be a collection of odds and ends from several sessions. The only personnels given are collective and misleading.
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Jimmy Forest was in a group of Tenor men that were not the greatest, but very satisfying, I only had one of his CD's previouslym'Sit down and Relax', very pleasant.now had 3 unheard sessions,all satisfying,3,Tenor with Rhythm and 'Soull Street with a bigger band,the last two, 'Most Much' and 'Soul Steet', with an added Bongo player-most effective,As stgated earlier,most satisfying and recommended.
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Jimmy forrest plays some lovely cool tenor on these selection of albums, very much in the ben webster
coleman hawkins traditon . All i can say if your interest is this type of jazz this double set is well worth purchasing
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