Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the September 2011 Issue of Stereophile!
TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 5/5 Sonics in the May/June 2011 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
When a jazz fan begins to hum "Flying Home", the chances are that his buddy
will cry out: "Hey, I know that tune – it’s "Flying Home" by Lionel Hampton with
a fantastic solo by Illinois Jacquet!" Seldom is a solo so closely associated
with its soloist. Throughout his career, Jacquet, who was born of a Sioux mother
and a Creole father, played marvelous swing music. He was famed for his
imaginative improvisations, and gave brilliant shows with the Count Basie
orchestra and at a number of Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts.
The man from Louisiana performed swing at every live appearance – no wonder,
then, that Norman Granz chose this theme as the title of the present recording,
which was set down in October 1956. This time, however, Jimmy Jones on the piano
was not responsible for providing the background for a vocal soloist; rather he
delivers airy chords for the swinging tenor sax.
That all the musicians are superb interpreters of ballads is testified to in
"Harlem Nocturne", where Illinois Jacquet’s sound can best be described as
'soulful'. In stark contrast to this is "Achtung", where the tempo sheer takes
your breath away! The program closes with a distinguished version of the classic
"Have You Met Miss Jones", and the swing title-number par excellence, "Lullaby
Of The Leaves".
So much has been written and discussed about swing; but if you want to know what
it is all about, just put this record on the turntable and lower the needle into
the groove. Say nothing – only listen!
"It's hard to believe that anything short of a time machine and front-row seat in a great listening room could deliver better sound fidelity than this beautifully remastered LP reissue." - Duck Baker, The Absolute Sound, May/June 2011, Issue 213
• Presented in Original Mono
• 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
• High Quality Pressing
• Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering
Illinois Jacquet, tenor saxophone
Roy Eldridge, trumpet
Jimmy Jones, piano
Ray Brown, bass
Herb Ellis, guitar
Jo Jones, drums
1. Las Vegas Blues
2. Harlem Nocturne
3. Can't We Be Friends
2. Have You Met Miss Jones
3. Lullaby Of The Leaves
Recorded October 1956 in Los Angeles, California.