Chip Deffaa
June 07, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Complete Illinois Jacquet Sessions, 1945-50

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Illinois Jacquet
Producers
Mosaic
genre
Jazz, Reissues

We gave it a B+

The Complete Illinois Jacquet Sessions, 1945-50 is a long-overdue box set which gathers 78 hard-to-find swing-to-bop sides by one of the most influential tenor saxists. Although sound quality varies, Illinois Jacquet’s commanding presence and mastery of all tempos prove irresistible. His erotic, upper-register eruptions on the wilder numbers illustrate how he helped liberate the sax for later, avant-garde stylists. B+

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