Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Review by Ian King

Issue 346 – October 2016

(2CDs) Jackie Davis – Five Classic Albums
Running Time 2 hours 40 minutes – Price £7.95

Jackie Davis - Five Classic Albums
Jackie Davis – Five Classic Albums

Alan Ashton pointed me in the general direction of this new re-release by the legendary Hammond organist Jackie Davis just before its release. I thought it would be a popular addition to our catalogue and indeed we have sold quite a few copies since its debut on July 1st.

You may think it was released on the Jasmine label as they’ve produced quite a few Hammond discs in this vein including Jackie, Buddy Cole and Lenny Dee (although nothing since 2013), however it’s not and this is the first title we have stocked from classic CD re-issuer AVID Jazz (as it’s their first organ issue).

AVID have managed to cram, not one, two, three or four LPs onto this set, but FIVE! These span just five years from 1958-1962. He also did another two LPs during this time which aren’t included, so he had a pretty heavy output back then. The albums included here are; Jumping’ Jackie (1958), Hammond Gone Cha-Cha (1959), Meets The Trombones (1959), Tiger On The Hammond (1960) and Big Beat Hammond (1962). The booklet also includes the original artwork and liner notes, although you may need a magnifying glass to get the full benefit.

As you can probably tell from the titles, the LPs vary in styles, but overall they all have the Hammond as the star of the show and pushed well in the foreground. Obviously there is more of a latin feel and instrumentation on the “Hammond Gone Cha-Cha” tracks and everything’s a bit more brassy on the “Meets The Trombones” ones.

Many of the tracks may not be that recognisable, but there are many organ standards too, some of which became standards due to their appearance on these LPs. The more recognisable titles include, “Moonlight Becomes You”, “Ain’t She Sweet”, “Perfidia”, “Frenesi”, “Falling In Love With Love”, “Fascinating Rhythm”, “This Can’t Be Love”, “Thou Swell”, “I’ve Got The World On A String”, “Stompin’ At The Savoy”, “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Sweet Sue, Just You” and “Time On My Hands. All the tracks are played in Jackie’s laid-back jazz style, but they’re not so jazzy as to put off any middle-of-the-road organ listener.

This is a great set and, with a running time of two hours and forty minutes, it is extremely good value for money. Considering their age, AVID have done a great job transferring the LPs to digital as the sound is crisp and clear. I hope they plan to do a few more Hammond re-issues as they’ve made a top job of this one.

FULL TRACKS: JUMPIN’ JACKIE: Across The Alley From The Alamo • Darn That Dream • I Got The Sun In The Morning • I Wonder When My Baby’s Coming Home • Isn’t It Romantic • What’s The Trouble • I’ve Hitched My Wagon To A Star • So Beats My Heart For You • Jumpin’ Jackie • Moonlight Becomes You • I’d Love To Take Orders From You • Coffee Time • HAMMOND GONE CHA CHA: Ain’t She Sweet • A Woman In Love • Rain On The Roof • Heat Wave • In A Little Spanish Town • Then I’ll Be Happy • Lady, Play Your Mandolin • I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ • The Glow-Worm Cha Cha Cha • Perfidia • Love Is Just Around The Corner • Manana • MEETS THE TROMBONES: Yours Is My Heart Alone • Frenesi • When I’m With You • My! My! • There’s Something In The Air • Charleston Alley • Falling In Love With Love • Gonna Get A Girl • Fascinating Rhythm • This Can’t Be Love • TIGER ON THE HAMMOND: You Took Advantage Of Me • You Forgot Your Gloves • Should I? • You Do Something To Me • Calypso Blues • Thou Swell • Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise • In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree • I Don’t Want To Walk Without You • You And The Night And The Music • I’ve Got The World On A String • The Major And The Minor • BIG BEAT HAMMOND: Stompin’ At The Savoy • Shadow Waltz • Honeysuckle Rose • What Can I Say After I Say I’m Sorry? • Sunday Punch • Stop, Look And Listen • The Song Is You • Sweet Sue, Just You • Strange Music • Time On My Hands.

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Review by Ian King from Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Magazine.