An Introduction: His Best Recordings 1935-46

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A vital link between the early jazz innovations of Louis Armstrong and the bebop explorations of Dizzy Gillespie, "Little Jazz," as the diminutive dynamo came to be known, was also a punishing horn soloist for top-rank big bands throughout the '30s and '40s, including the Fletcher Henderson, Artie Shaw, and Gene Krupa orchestras. Eldridge was the trumpeter to beat during this era, though few, if any, ever did. This fine collection features some of the highlights of his brilliant early career.
All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In the powerhouse pantheon of 20th century jazz trumpeters, Roy "Little Jazz" Eldridge 1911-1989 occupies a place of honor ...
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A vital link between the early jazz innovations of Louis Armstrong and the bebop explorations of Dizzy Gillespie, "Little Jazz," as the diminutive dynamo came to be known, was also a punishing horn soloist for top-rank big bands throughout the '30s and '40s, including the Fletcher Henderson, Artie Shaw, and Gene Krupa orchestras. Eldridge was the trumpeter to beat during this era, though few, if any, ever did. This fine collection features some of the highlights of his brilliant early career.
All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In the powerhouse pantheon of 20th century jazz trumpeters, Roy "Little Jazz" Eldridge 1911-1989 occupies a place of honor among Cootie Williams, Henry "Red" Allen, Hot Lips Page, Buck Clayton, Charlie Shavers, and Dizzy Gillespie. That means he played a crucial role in the exciting stylistic transformation from swing to bop. By sampling Eldridge's recordings as leader and sideman from 1935 to 1946, this 1998 Best of Jazz compilation illustrates that rapid stylistic evolution with 22 exciting and very enjoyable performances. Eldridge is heard in orchestras led by Teddy Hill, Fletcher Henderson, and Gene Krupa; he leads his own small and big bands, collaborating with his brother, alto saxophonist Joe Eldridge, and with tenor saxophonists Chu Berry, Coleman Hawkins, Hal Singer, Ike Quebec, Dave Young, and Tom Archia. The chronological progression makes for a dramatic buildup as the Roy Eldridge Orchestra of the mid-'40s hammers out three dynamic numbers co-composed and arranged by Buster Harding: "Little Jazz," "Little Jazz Boogie" and the rowdy "Hi Ho Trailus Boot Whip."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/1998
  • Label: Best Of Jazz
  • UPC: 723723210722
  • Catalog Number: 4051

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Eldridge Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Trumpet
Al Green Tenor Saxophone
Buster Bailey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Will Bradley Trombone
Bill Coleman Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Franz Jackson Tenor Saxophone
Barney Kessel Guitar
Gene Krupa Drums
Yank Lawson Trumpet
Ike Quebec Tenor Saxophone
Cozy Cole Drums
Hal Singer Tenor Saxophone
Zutty Singleton Drums
Mike Bryan Guitar
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Herbie Steward Tenor Saxophone
Anita O'Day Vocals
Israel Crosby Bass
Sam Allen Piano
Fernando Arbello Trombone
Tom Archia Tenor Saxophone
Bill Beason Drums
Dave Bowman Piano
Ernie Caceres Baritone
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Paul Cohen Trumpet
John Collins Guitar
Ed Cuffee Trombone
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Bill Dillard Trumpet, Vocals
Mike Doty Alto Saxophone
Ray Eckstrand Tenor Saxophone
Richard "Dick" Fullbright Bass
Chuck Gentry Baritone
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Thomas Grider Trumpet
Clyde Hart Piano
Teddy Hill Tenor Saxophone
Porter Kilbert Alto Saxophone
Bob Kitsis Piano
Dodo Marmarosa Piano
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet
John McConnell Trombone
Dave McRae Baritone
Sam Musiker Tenor Saxophone
Charles "Truck" Parham Bass
Earl Phillips Drums
Lou Prisby Alto Saxophone
Allan Reuss Guitar
Harry Rodgers Trombone
George Schwartz Trumpet
Artie Shapiro Bass
Omer Simeon Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
John Smith Guitar
Jess Stacy Piano
Bob Swift Trombone
Rudy Tanza Alto Saxophone
Alan Townsend Baritone Saxophone
Dick Vance Trumpet
Jon Walton Tenor Saxophone
Dicky Wells Trombone
Harold "Doc" West Drums
Ollie Wilson Trombone
Elmon Wright Trumpet
Dave Young Tenor Saxophone
Edward Mihelich Bass
Clint Neagley Alto Saxophone
Curby Alexander Alto Saxophone
Walter Bates Tenor Saxophone
Ray Biondi Guitar, Drums
Teddy Cole Piano
Joe Eldridge Alto Saxophone
Andrew Gardner Alto Saxophone
Torg Halten Trumpet
Jay Kelliher Trombone
Bob Lessey Guitar
Sam Listengart Alto Saxophone
Norman Murphy Trumpet
Pinky Savitt Trumpet
George Stevenson Trombone
Babe Wagner Trombone
Sandy Williams Trombone
Ward Silloway Alto Saxophone
Billy Taylor Sr. Bass
Elton Hill Trumpet
Buster Harding Piano, Vocals
Rodney Richardson Bass
Joe Thomas Trumpet
Buddy Bastien Bass
George "Scoops" Carry Alto Saxophone
Rozelle Gayle Piano
Don Purvance Tenor Saxophone
Sandy Watson Trombone
Snags Allen Guitar
Howard E. Johnson Alto Saxophone
Albert Riding Trombone
Chris Johnson Alto Saxophone
Gladys Palmer Vocals
Louis Carrington Bass
Clay Henry Trumpet
Robert Mason Trumpet
Technical Credits
Roy Eldridge Composer
Gene Krupa Director
Artie Shaw Director
Buck Ram Composer
Roger Moore Arranger
Alan Dunn Composer
Fletcher Henderson Arranger, Director
Teddy Hill Director
Al Nevins Composer
Jack Palmer Composer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
Wilbur De Paris Contributor
Edgar Battle Composer
Buster Harding Arranger, Composer
George "Scoops" Carry Contributor
Graham Colombe Liner Notes
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