Jawbreakers
  • CAT # OJCCD-487-25

    1. Oo-ee 5:12
    2. Broadway 6:50
    3. Jawbreakers 6:34
    4. Four 4:53
    5. Moolah 4:38
    6. A Gal In Calico 4:40
    7. I've Got A Crush On You 2:55
    8. Close Your Eyes 5:33

One problem with using a pun as an album title is inadvertently illustrated here: although Webster's dictionary still lists "a round hard candy" as a definition of "jawbreaker," the term is so little used these days that even its multiple repetition on the cover of this reissue may not fully make the point that it is a play on the combined nicknames of the co-leaders. If that concept is obscure, it's probably the only unclear thing on this album--which is a wonderfully cogent, uncomplicated, hard-swinging, and joyfully straightahead collaboration. Davis and Edison, both closely associated with Count Basie but at quite different times, had never previously played together, but you'd never know it from the close-knit results.

with Hugh Lawson, Ike Isaac, Clarence Johnston

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