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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Roy Eldridge visited Stockholm in January of 1951. The first two numbers recorded there were issued on Classics 1259 1950-1951. These remaining Swedish selections cover a wide range of styles and moods. Eldridge's adaptation of Louis Jordan's "Saturday Night Fish Fry" was issued on two sides of a 78-rpm platter. His approach to "They Raided the Joint" is not quite as rowdy as that of Hot Lips Page. "The Heat's On" and "Estrad Swing" convey powerful currents of what at the time was modern, up-to-date jazz, comparable to what Coleman Hawkins was blowing. "No Rolling Blues" is a slow exercise in artful complaining, the subject being a dishonest woman. Two final Stockholm ...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Roy Eldridge visited Stockholm in January of 1951. The first two numbers recorded there were issued on Classics 1259 1950-1951. These remaining Swedish selections cover a wide range of styles and moods. Eldridge's adaptation of Louis Jordan's "Saturday Night Fish Fry" was issued on two sides of a 78-rpm platter. His approach to "They Raided the Joint" is not quite as rowdy as that of Hot Lips Page. "The Heat's On" and "Estrad Swing" convey powerful currents of what at the time was modern, up-to-date jazz, comparable to what Coleman Hawkins was blowing. "No Rolling Blues" is a slow exercise in artful complaining, the subject being a dishonest woman. Two final Stockholm recordings, spruced up with Charles Norman's harpsichord, resemble the Artie Shaw Gramercy Five at their finest, when the tinkling keyboard was handled by Johnny Guarnieri. Back in Paris during March of 1951, Eldridge pooled his energies with tenor saxophonist Don Byas and a rhythm trio featuring Claude Bolling at the piano. This blowing session, resulting in three pressure cookers and a cool processional, was energized by the inspired drumming of Armand Molinetti. On the following day, Eldridge recorded a fine pair of duets with Claude Bolling as a tribute to Earl Hines and Louis Armstrong. "Wild Man Blues" evokes the original pairing, while "Fireworks" is based on the famous stomp by Armstrong's Hot Five. Back in New York six months later, Eldridge collaborated wonderfully with tenor saxophonist Buddy Tate on a mixed bag of selections recorded for the Mercury label. Tate pours himself into "Baby What's the Matter With You." "Sweet Lorraine" features the trumpet with lots of reverb, and "Yard Dog," initially waxed by Eldridge's big band in May of 1946, whips along at an almost alarmingly rapid pace, with Charlie Smith socking the drums and Buddy Tate booting away on his tenor. Considering the fact that "Jumbo the Elephant" is a novelty singalong, Eldridge's band manages to swing fairly hard with it. In December of 1951 Norman Granz recorded Eldridge backed by a large string ensemble. This was not at all unusual at the time, as Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday made many wonderful records using this sort of instrumentation. Roy Eldridge was such a soulful, pungent player that these orchestral settings come off as honest, reflective, and substantial.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
  • EAN: 3307517131126
  • Catalog Number: 1311
  • Sales rank: 160,631

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Eldridge Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Claude Bolling Piano
Buddy Tate Tenor Saxophone
Rolf Berg Guitar
Teddy Brannon Piano
Anders Burman Drums
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Clyde Lombardi Guitar
Armand Molinetti Drums
Carl-Henrik Norin Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Smith Drums
Thore Jederby Bass
Gunnar Almstedt Bass
Guy Defatto Bass
Leppe Sundevall Trumpet
Charlie Norman Piano, Harpsichord
Ove Lind Clarinet
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Roy Eldridge Composer
Louis Jordan Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
George Williams Composer, Orchestra Director
George Duvivier Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Benny Carter Composer
Teddy Brannon Composer
Jimmy Dorsey Composer
Hot Lips Page Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Buster Harding Composer
Anatol Schenker Liner Notes
Clifford R. Burwell Composer
Sam Theard Composer
Robert Dade Composer
Ellis Walsh Composer
A. Jackson Composer
John Collins Composer
Bob Astor Composer
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