With a name like Chubby, the set ought to be a snoozer – but Chubby's Back swings nicely, thanks to some strong bass work by Jackson
! The group's a Chicago ensemble, featuring lesser-known players of the 50s – like Vito Price, Cy Touff, Don Lamond, and Jimmy Gourley – plus trombone by Bill Harris, whose earlier work is clearly an influence on Jackson
's own here. Tunes are in a swinging Basie/
Hefti mode – and titles include "Flyin The Coop", "Plymouth Rock", "Tiny's Blues", and "Raffles". I'm Entitled To You is quite possibly the hippest record ever cut by bassist Chubby Jackson
– a session of mostly original numbers performed by a pretty great group that includes Jackie Paris on vocals on 3 tracks! Apart from trombonist Bill Harris and tenor saxophonist Vito Price, most of the players here are lesser-known 50s talents – but they come together perfectly in a post-Woody Herman styled group that blasts out Jackson
's musical vision nicely. Most tracks have a strong brassy lead with breakaway solos on trumpet, trombone, and saxes – and Chubby's bass work is bold and proud throughout, really prominent in the mix and driving the tunes with incredible force. Paris vocals are always a treat – he sings on the tunes "I'm Entitled To You", "Big Fat Nothin", and "Do Me Sum'n", all great numbers – and other titles include "To Seek", "New York To Chicago", "Gus' Blues", and "Mister Duff".