Illinois Jacquet – The Jacquet Files, Volume 3 (Big Band Live at The Village Vanguard 1987




n 1981 Tenor Sax legend Illinois Jacquet pursued his career-long dream of assembling a truly great big jazz band in the tradition of his mentors, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton, bands with whom he recorded and toured in his youth. He would apply all the wisdom and experience he gleaned as their sideman, as well as from his years of leadership over his many small groups, and would include songs he made famous with his “little big band” of the 1940s. The Illinois Jacquet Big Band was filled with luminaries and young stars, but unfortunately would only record one studio album entitled “Jacquet’s Got It” on Atlantic Records, in 1987. Here we have a very early snapshot of what that band was like at the world famous Village Vanguard club in New York City. This is the third time Jacquet had played the Vanguard, and had previously broken attendance records in the club with what seemed to be a guerrilla marketing campaign in the streets of NYC in order to launch the debut of his Big Band. Some NYC Jazz fans may recall flyers being distributed all over town, especially in the Times Square area, revealing that the “missing in action” Jazz Legend Illinois Jacquet was indeed “back” with a full 15 piece Big Band on tow. Well, the promotions worked effectively, announcing that “The King” was back to take the jazz world by storm! As listeners will easily hear, this band rocked the house, and swung hard! Illinois himself is in rare form, playing soulfully and strong, ripping through all his classics with fervor and fire. These wonderful arrangements are mostly by the pen of Eddie Barefield, Wild Bill Davis, and Jimmy Mundy. Featured here within the band are veterans such as E.V. Perry, Irvin Stokes, Johnny Grimes, Kiane Zawadi, Richard Wyands, Eddie Barefield, Rudy Rutherford, Norris Turney, and Babe Clarke; as well as young lions such as Robert Trowers and Joey Cavaseno.

1. Robbin’s Nest
2. Tickle Toe
3. Black Velvet
4. 3 Buckets of Jive
5. Blues for Louisiana
6. Sweet Georgia Brown
7. Woody’N You
8. Harvard Blues
9. Old Man River
10. Lament
11. April In Paris
12. Cottontail
13. One O’ Clock Jump (fadeout)

(Digital Version Bonus Track: Stompin’ At The Savoy)

Recorded Live at the Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA
March 14, 1987

trumpets: E.V. Perry, Johnny Grimes, Virgil Jones, Irvin Stokes
trombones: Bob Trowers, Kiane Zawadi, Artie Hamilton
reeds: Norris Turney, Joey Cavaseno, Rudy Rutherford, Babe Clark, Eddie Barefield
piano: Richard Wyands
bass: Fred Hunter
drums: Clyde Lucas

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Weight .25 oz
Dimensions 5 × 6 × .5 in
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