Jimmy Forrest: Night Train


Night Train


Jimmy Forrest (tenor sax)


Black Diamond Express to Hell (Ozit Morpheus 313)

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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


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