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[Answered] Flying Home, Illinois Jacquet, 1945

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:15 pm
by dekindia

Re: Need help, can anyone identify version of this flying ho

Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:41 pm
by kitkat
That's a really deep, big honk and rich tone in the sax, and the sax leads the head (first time through) the song really strongly, and it's a smaller combo ... I'd say dig through later Illinois Jacquet recordings and see what you can find. His solo on the original hit with Lionel Hampton was his #1 claim to fame, and I think he milked it a lot (there's a later recording of his I play quite a bit that's basically a rewrite of Flying Home).

Otherwise, when I hear honking sax as the featured artist & intense jump-blues-ey swing, I think Louis Jordan.

Beyond that, there are some celebrities of jump blues and later Rock&Roll who had very intense sax sounds who might've banged out a swing tune ... I'd be surprised if this is someone we've never heard of on that sax, though -- despite the low-quality recording.

And my first instinct says, "still Jacquet."


Update: A search of "illinois jacquet" "flying home" piano drums turns up this: ... ost2578456 -- there's a 1944 (late enough to be intensely jump-blues-ey, early enough & during-the-war enough to be badly recorded) Jazz At The Philharmonic concert where Illinois Jacquet played in a sextet with Nat King Cole on piano -- I like that combo as a possibility (the piano sounds really prominent & skilled, too -- like someone famous -- but also someone with some notion of an influence from Basie, given the moments without a lot of notes -- maybe Oscar Peterson ... he seems to have played with Jacquet a bit, too, but King Cole sounds like a good lead).


See if you can get ahold of what seems to indicate "disc 9, track 7" of a Jazz At The Philharmonic 10-disc box set. This lineup sounds promising, except that the bigger names than the pianist aren't really featured enough...
Alto Saxophone – Charlie Parker
Bass – Ray Brown
Drums – Buddy Rich
Piano – Hank Jones
Tenor Saxophone – Flip Phillips, Lester Young
Trombone – Tommy Turk
Trumpet – Roy Eldridge
5:33 ... ase/476803

Nope ... I take it back ... that seems to be :-(

Re: Need help, can anyone identify version of this flying ho

Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:54 pm
by lipi
I think it's the 1945 Illinois Jacquet recording, with a cut in the intro (taking out a few 8-counts of the Rag Mop theme).

Illinois Jacquet and his All Stars: Russell Jacquet (tp), Henry Coker (tb), Illinois Jacquet (ts), Arthur Dennis (bar), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Ulysses Livingston (g), Billy Hadnott (b), Johnny Otis (d)
Los Angeles, July 1945

Here it is on YouTube:

I have it on this compilation album: ... B0000083I4
...and also on the (shitty sound, questionable sources) Illinois Jacquet Proper Box.

Re: Need help, can anyone identify version of this flying ho

Posted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:11 am
by kitkat
I think you got it, lipi! Good call.

Re: [Answered] Flying Home, Illinois Jacquet, 1945

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:40 pm
by dekindia
Million Thank you! Kitkat and Lipi.