“Moonlight in Vermont”: Modern Jazz, Cincinnati-style

Even though he would one day record in New York City at a 1957 session that included Ray Barretto on conga, tenor saxman Eddie “Lock Jaw” Davis otherwise did the majority of his recording at the King Records studio in Cincinnati, such as this modern take on “Moonlight in Vermont” with his trio – Doc Bagby on organ and Charlie Rice on drums:

Moonlight In Vermont – Eddie Davis Trio

[Pssst:  Click the triangle to play “Moonlight in Vermont” as dug by The Eddie Davis Trio.]

1956 King LP, Modern Jazz Expressions, would be reissued in 1960 as Modern Jazz.

Eddie Davis LP-aEddie Davis LP-b

Eddie & Ray:  Together Again for the First Time

Check out this Eddie Davis 45 from 1957 on the Bethlehem label with both sides played back-to-back — “Tia Juana,” the A-side that is curiously bereft of any Latin percussion, while the B-side, “I Wished on the Moon,” features Ray Barretto’s great conga work, as well as Shirley Scott’s big organ chops:

King Records Buys Bethlehem

In 1960 Syd Nathan would acquire the NYC-based Bethlehem label and move its offices to Cincinnati.