Jimmy Forrest: Night Train
Jimmy Forrest (tenor sax)
Black Diamond Express to Hell (Ozit Morpheus 313)
Jimmy Forrest (tenor sax),
Bunky Parker (piano), John Mixon (bass), Oscar Oldham (drums), Percy James (conga & bongos).
Composed by Jimmy Forrest.
Recorded: Chicago, November 27, 1951
Rating: 83/100 (learn more)
In 2006, the Recording Academy inducted this track into its Grammy Hall of Fame as a Jazz Single, but only because they had no Stripper Songs category. Neither as corny as "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody" nor as tacky as "Harlem Nocturne," Jimmy Forrest's "Night Train" generates more reverb than a steam locomotive thrusting through a long tunnel (nothing Freudian implied). We haven't heard such coarse, vulgar honking since the time Mother mistook exit road for onramp leaving a truck stop. (Mom drove long-haul freight.) If those rude truckers had seen her old strip-tease runway act, though, they'd have whistled a different tune—probably "Night Train." Whew!
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
Tags: locomotive jazz