Edward F. Davis, known professionally as Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. This CD features his Quintet, Eddie Davis and his Beboppers and four tracks by The Eddie Davis Orchestra. Also one live track with His quartet featuring vocalist Sarah Vaughn and musicians John Lewis, Thelonious Monk, Ray Brown and Kenny Clarke. Davis played with Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk, Eddie Bonnemere, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie, as well as leading his own bands and making many recordings as a leader. He played in the swing, bop, hard bop, Latin jazz, and soul jazz genres.
Some of his recordings from the 1940s also could be classified as rhythm and blues.
His 1946 band, Eddie Davis and His Beboppers, featured Fats Navarro, Al Haig, Huey Long, Gene Ramey and Denzil Best.