Two wonderful sessions from Roulette, both quite hard to find on vinyl, but compiled here in the 70s as a nice 2-fer! Locking Horns defies the title a bit, as it's a sweet, laid back set with Newman
and Sims acting as co-leaders, playing with a trio that includes Oscar Pettiford, Adrian Acea, and Osie Johson, all coming together nicely with the feel of a late 50s session for Prestige. Newman
's horn has an especially gutbuckety quality to it, and Sims follows suit with some deeply soulful work on his solos. Titles include "Corky", "Mambo For Joe
", "Midnite Fantasy", "Tater Pie", "Oh Joe
", "Wolafunt's Laent", "Bassing Around" and "Oh Shaye". Next is the album Joe Newman
With Woodwinds – not as sleepy as it may sound, as Joe
does a nice job of blowing in a large group filled with reed players that include Marshall Royal, Frank Wess, Romeo Penque, and others. Rhythm is by Jimmie Jones, Freddie Green, Eddie Jones, and Charlie Persip – and Ernie Wilkins handled the arrangements. Tracks include "Star Eyes", "Time", "Travlin Light", "That Old Devil Moon", "I'll Get By", and "Nancy".
(70s UK pressing.)