Jimmy Forrest – Night Train
Delmark DD 435 [United Series]
In St. Louis, Jimmy Forrest was very, very big and had just about all the best jobs in town sewn up. But it was a time of intellectualization in jazz, a time of retreat from hard-swinging into what seemed and almost lifeless kind of jazz known as the “cool school”.
Forrest wasn’t a cool musician: he was too strong, had too much technique, and he had but one choice, to get buried in the scuffle or go into rhythm and blues. As these recordings testify, he chose the latter and became eminently successful for quite a few years.
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