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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
It is June 1950. Roy "Little Jazz" Eldridge is in Paris, making records with a small band of younger musicians. Easily adapting to rapidly evolving styles in music, the trumpeter eases himself into a steadily developing tide of modernity. The music forms a wonderful and comparatively elegant sequel to his rip-snorting big-band recordings of the 1940s. It is a pleasure to hear young tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims relaxing with Eldridge, and the pianist is 23-year-old Dick Hyman, already a strikingly facile and inventive performer. Pierre Michelot and Eddie Shaughnessy form the rest of the rhythm section in this tight little group. Continuing his personal tradition of great ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
It is June 1950. Roy "Little Jazz" Eldridge is in Paris, making records with a small band of younger musicians. Easily adapting to rapidly evolving styles in music, the trumpeter eases himself into a steadily developing tide of modernity. The music forms a wonderful and comparatively elegant sequel to his rip-snorting big-band recordings of the 1940s. It is a pleasure to hear young tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims relaxing with Eldridge, and the pianist is 23-year-old Dick Hyman, already a strikingly facile and inventive performer. Pierre Michelot and Eddie Shaughnessy form the rest of the rhythm section in this tight little group. Continuing his personal tradition of great ballad interpretations, Eldridge delivers "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" with an open horn. "King David," "Undecided," and "The Man I Love" are each cooked at brisk velocities. Anita Love joins with Eldridge in energetic scat singing throughout Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing." Yet the very funny, effortlessly hip, and decidedly cool "Ain't No Flies On Me" allows the two singers to relax and interact more deliciously than ever. The next session in the Eldridge chronology scales the band down to a quartet, with Gerald Wiggins, Pierre Michelot, and the great Kenny "Klook" Clarke. Eldridge ambles through Irving Berlin's "Easter Parade" -- which sounds a bit like "Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet" -- and renders up two more gorgeous ballads. "Goliath Bounce" is a smooth walk and "Wild Driver" a rolling boil, but the hottest number from this date, simply titled "Nuts," opens with a sort of Caribbean brushfire percussion maneuver by Clarke. As the tune unfolds its many intricate bop ideas, Clarke rides his cymbals most excitingly. The session of October 28, 1950, touched upon a wide range of styles and moods. "I Remember Harlem" is a deep study in reflective blue impressions, chamber jazz with bowed bass and haunted horn. Fats Waller's sobering "Black and Blue" gets a slight adjustment in the lyric, "Baby, Don't Do Me Like that" is more or less patterned after Louis Jordan's R&B act, and "L'Isle Adam" is a burner for muted trumpet on the fast track. Eldridge also sang two of his original songs with French lyrics, including a cheerful ode to lettuce and mayonnaise. The great surprise in this package is the inclusion of three long-forgotten piano solos from the same session. "Boogie Eldridge" is the veritable spark plug, as our man growls and even howls while massaging the keys. The last two tracks find Eldridge in Stockholm, sitting in with musicians well schooled in every style of jazz and popular music of the day. Duke Ellington's "Echoes of Harlem" is deep and ominous, while "School Days" plays off of the novelty antics of Joe Carroll and Dizzy Gillespie.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2002
  • Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
  • EAN: 3307517125927
  • Catalog Number: 1259
  • Sales rank: 358,000

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 King David - Anita Love (3:01)
  2. 2 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Anita Love (3:01)
  3. 3 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away) - Anita Love (3:06)
  4. 4 Undecided - Anita Love (3:24)
  5. 5 Ain't No Flies on Me - Anita Love (3:15)
  6. 6 The Man I Love - Anita Love (3:29)
  7. 7 Easter Parade (2:55)
  8. 8 Wild Driver (3:07)
  9. 9 If I Had You (3:32)
  10. 10 Nuts (3:16)
  11. 11 Someone to Watch Over Me (3:07)
  12. 12 Goliath Bounce (3:35)
  13. 13 I Remember Harlem (2:57)
  14. 14 Baby, Don't Do Me Like That (3:24)
  15. 15 Une Petite Laitue (3:12)
  16. 16 L Isle Adam (3:20)
  17. 17 Black and Blue (3:20)
  18. 18 Tu Disais Qu' Tu M'Aimais (3:19)
  19. 19 Boogie Roy (3:30)
  20. 20 List Blues (1:47)
  21. 21 Just Fooling (2:11)
  22. 22 Echoes of Harlem (2:45)
  23. 23 School Days (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Eldridge Primary Artist, Piano, Trumpet, Vocals, Soloist
Dick Hyman Piano
Pierre Michelot Bass
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Gerald Wiggins Piano
Raymond Fol Piano
Kenny Clarke Drums
Carl-Henrik Norin Tenor Saxophone
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
Benny Vasseur Trombone
Anita Love Vocals
Barney Spieler Bass
Thore Jederby Bass
Charlie Norman Piano
Andrew Burman Drums
Lennart Sundewall Trumpet
Albert Ferreri Tenor Saxophone
Robert Barnet Drums
N. Bray Piano
William Boucayabar Piano
Technical Credits
Anatol Schenker Liner Notes
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