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Illinois Jacquet

One of the great tenors, Illinois Jacquet's 1942 "Flying Home" solo is considered the first R&B sax solo, and spawned a full generation of younger tenors (including Joe Houston and Big Jay McNeely) who built their careers from his style, and practically from that one song.

Jacquet, whose older brother Russell (1917-1990) was a trumpeter who sometimes played in his bands, grew up in Houston, and his tough tone and emotional sound defined the Texas tenor school. After playing locally, he moved to Los Angeles where, in 1941, he played with Floyd Ray. He was the star of Lionel Hampton's 1942 big band ("Flying Home" became a signature song for Jacquet, Hampton, and even Illinois Jacquet' successor Arnett Cobb), and also was with Cab Calloway (1943-1944) and well featured with Count Basie (1945-1946). Jacquet's playing at the first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert (1944) included a screaming solo on "Blues" that found him biting on his reed to achieve high-register effects; the crowd went wild. He repeated the idea during his appearance in the 1944 film short Jammin' the Blues. In 1945, Jacquet put together his own band, and both his recordings and live performances were quite exciting. He appeared with JATP on several tours in the 1950s, recorded steadily, and never really lost his popularity. In the 1960s, he sometimes doubled on bassoon (usually for a slow number such as "'Round Midnight") and it was an effective contrast to his stomping tenor. In the late '80s, Jacquet started leading an exciting part-time big band that only recorded one album, an Atlantic date from 1988. Through the years, Illinois Jacquet (whose occasional features on alto are quite influenced by Charlie Parker) has recorded as a leader for such labels as Apollo, Savoy, Aladdin, RCA, Verve, Mercury, Roulette, Epic, Argo, Prestige, Black Lion, Black & Blue, JRC, and Atlantic. Illinois Jacquet died on July 22, 2004. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Jacquet and Coat - Jazz Saxophone

1. Minor Romp (AKA Jacquet And Coat) (Remastered)

2. Jacquet And No Vest (Remastered)

3. Jacquet In The Box (Remastered)

4. Jumpin' Jacquet (Remastered)

5. Try Me One More Time (Remastered)

6. Jumpin' At Apollo (Remastered)

7. Henderson Romp (Remastered)

8. High Tide (Remastered)

9. Uptown Boogie (Remastered)

10. Flying Home (Remastered)

11. Mutton Leg (Remastered)

12. The King (Remastered)

13. What's This (Remastered)

14. She's Funny That Way (Remastered)

15. Here Comes The Blues (Remastered)

16. Berry's Blues (AKA Illinois' Blues) (Remastered)

17. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You (Remastered)

18. Wondering And Thinking Of You (Remastered)

19. Don't Blame Me (Remastered)

20. Blue Mood (Remastered)

21. Memories Of You (Remastered)

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Track List: The Man I Love (Paris, France 1973) (The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions)

1. The Man I Love (feat. Al Bartee & Wild Bill Davis)

2. No Sweat (feat. Al Bartee & Wild Bill Davis)

3. Misty (feat. Al Bartee & Wild Bill Davis)

4. Blue Skies (feat. Al Bartee & Wild Bill Davis)

5. Cottontail (feat. Al Bartee & Wild Bill Davis)

6. Blues for New Orleans (feat. Al Bartee & Wild Bill Davis)

7. It Don't Mean a Thing (feat. Al Bartee & Wild Bill Davis)

8. Blue and Sentimental (feat. Al Bartee & Wild Bill Davis)

9. Pamela's Blues (feat. Al Bartee & Wild Bill Davis)

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Track List: Jumpin' At Apollo

1. Diggin' The Count

2. Bottoms Up

3. Ghost Of A Chance

4. South Street Special

5. Jacquet Bounce

6. Robbins' Nest

7. Jumpin' At Apollo

8. What's This

9. Memories Of You

10. Music Hall Beat

11. Jumpin' At The Woodside

12. Merle's Mood

13. She's Funny That Way

14. 12 Minutes To Go

15. Wondering And Thinking Of You

16. Here Comes The Blues

17. Wynonie's Blues

18. Bottoms Up

19. 12 Minutes To Go

20. Merle's Mood

21. South Street Special

22. Jumpin' At The Woodside

23. Jacquet Mood

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Track List: The Kid And The Brute

1. I Wrote This For The Kid (Feat. Ben Webster)

2. Saph

3. Mambocito Mio

4. The Kid And The Brute (Feat. Ben Webster)

5. September Song

6. Jacquet's Dilemma

7. Little Jeff

8. Jacquet Jumps

9. Blue Nocturne

10. On Your Toes

11. R.U. One

12. Jatap La Conga

13. It's The Talk Of The Town

14. Heads

15. On Your Toes

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Track List: Flying Home - The Best Of The Verve Years

1. Speedliner

2. Pastel

3. Groovin'

4. Cotton Tail

5. Boot 'Em Up

6. Bluesitis

7. Lean Baby

8. Port Of Rico

9. Where Are You

10. Heads

11. It's The Talk Of The Town

12. The Kid And The Brute

13. Sophia

14. Honeysuckle Rose

15. Star Dust

16. Las Vegas Blues

17. Achtung

18. Have You Met Miss Jones?

19. No Sweat

20. Flying Home

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Track List: Loot To Boot

1. Soft Winds

2. Sweet Georgia Brown

3. How Long

4. Racquet Club

5. Loot To Boot

6. No Sweat

7. Blues for New Orleans

8. It Don't Mean a Thing

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Track List: Jacquet's Street (Nice, France 1976) (The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions)

1. Rock A Bye Basie

2. Don't Blame Me

3. Baptiste Blues

4. Jacquet's Street

5. Broadway

6. Don't Blame Me

7. Indiana

8. Taps Miller

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Track List: The Comeback

1. The King

2. Easy Living

3. C Jam Blues

4. The Comeback

5. Take The A Train

6. I Wanna Blow Now

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Track List: The Blues; That's Me!

1. The Blues; That's Me!

2. Still King

3. 'Round Midnight

4. The Galloping Latin

5. For Once In My Life

6. Everyday I Have The Blues

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Track List: Illinois Jacquet Flies Again

1. Sleeping Susan

2. Robbin's Nest

3. Lean Baby

4. Bottoms Up

5. That's My Desire

6. Black Velvet

7. Teddy Bear

8. Pleasingly Plump

9. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance

10. Potpourri

11. The King

12. Robbin's Nest (Alternate Take)

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Track List: Bosses Of The Ballad: Illinois Jacquet Plays Cole Porter

1. I Love You

2. Get Out Of Town

3. So In Love

4. I Concentrate On You

5. You Do Something To Me

6. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

7. Use Your Imagination

8. All Through The Night

9. Begin The Beguine

10. It's All Right With Me

11. Do I Love You?

12. I've Got You Under My Skin

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Track List: Desert Winds

1. When My Dreamboat Comes Home

2. Desert Winds

3. Star Eyes

4. Blues For The Early Bird

5. Lester Leaps In

6. You're My Thrill

7. Canadian Sunset

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Track List: Swing's The Thing

1. Las Vegas Blues

2. Harlem Nocturne

3. Can't We Be Friends?

4. Achtung

5. Have You Met Miss Jones?

6. Lullaby Of The Leaves

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poppa_bear49
The man can truly PLAY!!!
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I'm 64 and have been a jazz fan since the mid to late 70's. Groups such as The Weather Report, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, Santana and Steely Dan helped my transition from rock and r&b (which I still enjoy) into main-stream jazz. Still, I might never have hear of Illinois Jacquet but for Dick Buckley playing jazz at WBEZ public radio in Chicago for a number of years. He often featured Illinois Jacquet--a truly underappreci a t e d and little known musician among the general audience
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Had the distinct and enjoyable pleasure of seeing Illinois Jacquet perform in the late 60's at Lennies on the Turnpike in Peabody, MA.
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jono793
I'm 59 & I'd never heard his music before. I have to say Thanks Pandora!
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I'm only 32 but I love it so much!
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jcmercer
More i hear Illinois the more I am blown away. In the same group as Lester and Coleman easily
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I'm in my 60's and as a young kid from Chicago I used to listen to him at my uncles jazz club hell I always thought he was from Illinois lol sweet sax
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Yes mam you just have excellent taste. Dont deny it.
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I know i'm only 40 but this is great music.

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