Little Jazz: Trumpet Giant

Little Jazz: Trumpet Giant

by Roy Eldridge
Roy "Little Jazz" Eldridge was the living, breathing embodiment of what jazz has always stood for. Friendly and funny, fiery and eloquent, well-versed in tradition, and more than able to joust with young innovators on their newly defined turf, Eldridge's most important stylistic descendent was Dizzy Gillespie. In 2004, Proper Records


Roy "Little Jazz" Eldridge was the living, breathing embodiment of what jazz has always stood for. Friendly and funny, fiery and eloquent, well-versed in tradition, and more than able to joust with young innovators on their newly defined turf, Eldridge's most important stylistic descendent was Dizzy Gillespie. In 2004, Proper Records released Little Jazz: Trumpet Giant, a four-CD grab bag containing some of Eldridge's best recordings made during the years 1935-1953. Almost simultaneously, Avid came out with Little Jazz Giant, a three-CD set covering much of the same territory. Proper beats Avid for quantity, and you'll want to note that the two sets have many titles in common. Proper's first disc zeroes in on Eldridge's adventures from 1935-1939. He is heard with bands led by Teddy Wilson, Fletcher Henderson, and Gene Krupa; as a member of the Delta Four with clarinetist Joe Marsala; as a prime mover in Chu Berry's Little Jazz Ensemble, and as leader of his own orchestra in the studio and on live broadcasts from the Arcadia Ballroom in New York. Disc two examines the years 1940-1946. Here, Eldridge interacts with Coleman Hawkins and one of the last jazz bands ever to call itself the Chocolate Dandies. There are more adventures with a later edition of the Krupa band, including the famous duet with Anita O'Day on "Let Me Off Uptown," and a pair of inspired blowing sessions with all-star bands sponsored by Metronome and Esquire magazines. Eldridge leads several of his own groups, including a trumpet ensemble with Emmett Berry and Joe Thomas for Harry Lim's Keynote label, and his fabulous big bands stoked with Buster Harding arrangements and brave young tenor saxophonists Ike Quebec, Tom Archia, and Hal Singer. There are also several fine examples of Eldridge's achievements as a member of Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five. Disc three documents the trumpeter's triumphs in Paris and Stockholm during 1950 and 1951, including marvelous moments with Lester Young devotee Zoot Sims, primal bop drummer Kenny Clarke, and saucy singer Anita Love, who duets with Eldridge on "It Don't Mean a Thing" and "Ain't No Flies on Me." The fourth disc begins with a few more selections from Stockholm and Paris, including a dazzling pair of duets with pianist Claude Bolling on "Wild Man Blues" and "Fireworks" in a wonderful invocation of the Louis Armstrong/Earl Hines duo of 1928. Back in New York in August of 1951, Eldridge participated in a series of Mercury recordings produced by Norman Granz, including a session headed by that producer's favorite artist, Oscar Peterson, heard here playing organ. The quartet with saxophonist Buddy Tate is strong and stimulating, although the Benzedrine-paced reading of "Yard Dog," for all its raw bop excitement, may cause seasoned listeners to regret the omission of the original big-band version of this attractive Eldridge/Harding composition, which when presented just a bit more slowly, feels like a sequel to Eldridge's theme song, "Little Jazz." (Seeing as the producers didn't hesitate to include comparative versions of certain other titles, two contrasting "Yard Dogs" would have worked nicely.) This outstanding compilation closes with an extended jam on W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues," recorded in July 1953 with a decidedly modern gathering of Metronome All-Stars featuring a vocal by Billy Eckstine and cool input from beautiful people like Lester Young, John La Porta, and Warne Marsh. It's an appropriate closer for this portrait of a master musician which also provides a smart overview of how jazz evolved over 18 very eventful years.

Product Details

Release Date:
Proper Box Uk


Disc 1

  1. (Lookie, Lookie, Lookie) Here Comes Cookie
  2. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
  3. Sweet Lorraine
  4. Swingin' on the Famous Door
  5. Farewell Blues
  6. I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music
  7. Swing Is Here
  8. Blue Lou
  9. Stealin' Apples
  10. Too Good to Be True
  11. Warmin' Up
  12. Blues in C Sharp Minor
  13. Shoe Shine Boy
  14. Wabash Stomp
  15. Florida Stomp
  16. Heckler's Hop
  17. That Thing
  18. Sittin' In
  19. Stardust
  20. Body and Soul
  21. Forty Six, West Fifty Two
  22. S-H-I-N-E
  23. Roy's Riffin' Now
  24. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
  25. High Society

Disc 2

  1. Smack
  2. I Surrender, Dear
  3. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
  4. Let Me Off Uptown
  5. Rockin' Chair
  6. Ball of Fire
  7. Royal Flush
  8. The Gasser
  9. Jump Through the Window
  10. Minor Jive
  11. Tea for Two
  12. Don't Be That Way
  13. I Want to Be Happy
  14. Fiesta in Brass
  15. St. Louis Blues
  16. After You've Gone
  17. The Sad Sack
  18. Little Jazz Boogie
  19. Embraceable You
  20. Little Jazz
  21. Just Floatin' Along
  22. Scuttlebutt
  23. All the Cats Join In
  24. Tippin' Out
  25. Lover, Come Back to Me

Disc 3

  1. King David
  2. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  3. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
  4. Undecided
  5. Ain't No Flies on Me
  6. The Man I Love
  7. Easter Parade
  8. Wild Driver
  9. If I Had You
  10. Nuts
  11. Someone to Watch Over Me
  12. Goliath Bounce
  13. I Remember Harlem
  14. Baby, Don't Do Me Like That
  15. L' Isle Adam
  16. (What Did I Do to Be So) Black & Blue?
  17. Echoes of Harlem
  18. Schooldays
  19. Saturday Night Fish Fry, Pt. 1
  20. Saturday Night Fish Fry, Pt. 2
  21. The Heat's On
  22. No Rolling Blues
  23. They Raided the Joint
  24. Estrad Swing (Roy's Got Rhythm)
  25. Hoppin' John

Disc 4

  1. Scottie
  2. Oh! Shut-Up
  3. Hollywood Pastime
  4. I'd Love Him So
  5. The Heat Is On (Tres Chaud)
  6. Wild Man Blues
  7. Fireworks
  8. Baby, What's the Matter With You?
  9. Yard Dog
  10. Sweet Lorraine
  11. Jumbo the Elephant
  12. Basin Street Blues
  13. I Remember Harlem
  14. Easter Parade
  15. I See Everybody's Baby
  16. Roy's Riff
  17. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
  18. Rockin' Chair
  19. Little Jazz
  20. Love for Sale
  21. Dale's Wail
  22. St. Louis Blues (Pts. 1 & 2)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Eldridge   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals,Dialogue
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Danny Barker   Guitar
Count Basie   Piano
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Chu Berry   Tenor Saxophone,Dialogue
Claude Bolling   Piano
Will Bradley   Trombone
Bill Coleman   Trumpet
Billy Eckstine   Vocals
Terry Gibbs   Vibes
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Dick Hyman   Piano
Franz Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Harry James   Trumpet
Barney Kessel   Guitar
John Kirby   Standup Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Warne Marsh   Tenor Saxophone
Pierre Michelot   Standup Bass
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Oscar Peterson   Organ
Oscar Pettiford   Standup Bass
Ike Quebec   Tenor Saxophone
Max Roach   Drums
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Art Tatum   Piano
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Wiggins   Piano
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Raymond Fol   Piano
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Horace Henderson   Piano
John LaPorta   Clarinet
Joe Marsala   Clarinet
Lou McGarity   Trombone
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Hal Singer   Tenor Saxophone
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Mike Bryan   Guitar
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Ken Kersey   Piano
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Herbie Steward   Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Wheeler   Trumpet
Anita O'Day   Vocals
Eddie Safranski   Standup Bass
Israel Crosby   Standup Bass
Lee Abrams   Drums
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Gus Aiken   Trumpet
Sam Allen   Guitar,Piano
Fernando Arbello   Trombone
Tom Archia   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Beason   Drums
Tex Beneke   Tenor Saxophone
Rolf Berg   Guitar
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Billie Holiday   Vocals
William Boucaya   Baritone Saxophone
Charles Bowen   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Brannon   Piano
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Caceres   Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Paul Cohen   Trumpet
John Collins   Guitar
Ed Cuffee   Trombone
Bill Dillard   Trumpet
Gus Dixon   Trombone
Mike Doty   Alto Saxophone
Ray Eckstrand   Alto Saxophone
Erskine   Drums
Stan Fishelson   Trumpet
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Panama Francis   Drums
Lou Fromm   Drums
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Bill Graham   Trumpet
Thomas Grider   Trumpet
Clyde Hart   Piano
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Teddy Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Ted Kelly   Trombone
Porter Kilbert   Alto Saxophone
Bob Kitsis   Piano
Sylvester Lewis   Trumpet
Clyde Lombardi   Standup Bass
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Dodo Marmarosa   Piano
Carmen Mastren   Guitar
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
John McConnell   Trombone
Dave McRae   Baritone Saxophone
Armand Molinetti   Drums
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Sam Musiker   Tenor Saxophone
Carl-Henrik Norin   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Ohms   Trombone
David Page   Trumpet
Truck Parham   Standup Bass
Jerome Pasquall   Alto Saxophone
Earl Phillips   Drums
Carl Pruitt   Standup Bass
Milt Raskin   Piano
Morris Rayman   Standup Bass
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Eli Robinson   Trombone
George Robinson   Trombone
Harry Rodgers   Trombone
Cecil Scott   Clarinet
Artie Shapiro   Standup Bass
Sahib Shihab   Alto Saxophone
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Smith   Drums
Jess Stacy   Piano
Ted Sturgis   Standup Bass
Rudy Tanza   Alto Saxophone
Alan Townsend   Baritone Saxophone
John Trueheart   Guitar
Dick Vance   Trumpet
Benny Vasseur   Trombone
Jon Walton   Tenor Saxophone
Sid Weiss   Standup Bass
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Harold "Doc" West   Drums
Elmer "Skippy" Williams   Tenor Saxophone
George Wilson   Trombone
Ollie Wilson   Trombone
Kai Winding   Trombone
Elmon Wright   Trumpet
Graham Young   Trumpet
William Coles   Drums
Anita Love   Vocals
Harold Matthews   Trombone
Barney Spieler   Standup Bass
Edward Mihelich   Standup Bass
Clint Neagley   Alto Saxophone
Mascagni Ruffo   Alto Saxophone
Andrew Ferretti   Trumpet
Walter Bates   Tenor Saxophone
Beck   Trumpet
Ray Biondi   Guitar
Teddy Cole   Piano
Joe Eldridge   Alto Saxophone
Andrew Gardner   Alto Saxophone
John Grassi   Trombone
Torg Halten   Trumpet
Thore Jederby   Standup Bass
Jay Kelliher   Trombone
Bob Lessey   Guitar
Sam Listengart   Baritone Saxophone
Norman Murphy   Trumpet
Fred Robinson   Trombone
Babe Wagner   Trombone
Laurel Watson   Vocals
Sandy Williams   Trombone
Gunnar Almstedt   Standup Bass
Ward Silloway   Trombone
Elton Hill   Trumpet
John "Bugs" Hamilton   Trumpet
Walter Johnson   Drums
Buster Harding   Piano,Vocals
Rodney Richardson   Standup Bass
Joe Thomas   Trumpet
Charles Greenlea   Trombone
Buddy Bastien   Standup Bass
George "Scoops" Carry   Alto Saxophone
Guy Defatto   Standup Bass
Richard Dunlap   Trombone
Rozelle Gayle   Piano
Walt Lockhart   Tenor Saxophone
Don Purvance   Tenor Saxophone
Roger G. Swift   Trombone
Sandy Watson   Trombone
Snags Allen   Guitar
Charlie Norman   Piano,Harpsichord
Andrew Burman   Drums
Lennart Sundewall   Bass Trumpet
Albert Ferreri   Tenor Saxophone
Albert Riding   Trombone
Ove Lind   Clarinet
Dave Young Orchestra   Tenor Saxophone
Chris Johnson   Alto Saxophone
John "BJ John" Smith   Guitar
Tony d'Amore   Piano
George Lawson   Tenor Saxophone
Marion Hazel   Trumpet
Sam Lee   Alto Saxophone
Melody Saunders   Drums
Albert Casey   Guitar
Robert Barnet   Drums
Henry Clay   Trumpet
Irving "Duke" Jordan   Piano
Louis Carrington   Standup Bass
Lucky Fowler   Guitar
Robert Williams & The Groovers   Trumpet
Nat Atkins   Trombone
Robert Mason   Trumpet

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Earl Bostic   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Chu Berry   Composer
Roy Eldridge   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Gene Krupa   Composer
Artie Shaw   Arranger,Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Teddy Wilson   Composer
Charlie Shavers   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Alec Wilder   Composer
George Williams   Arranger,Composer,Director
Vincent Youmans   Composer
George Siravo   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
George Duvivier   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Benny Carter   Composer
Emmett Berry   Composer
Clay Boland   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
John Collins   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Redd Evans   Composer
Milt Gabler   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lil Hardin   Composer
Clyde Hart   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Paul Mares   Composer
Billy Moll   Composer
Hot Lips Page   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Leon Roppolo   Composer
Eddie Sauter   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
George Bassman   Composer
Edgar Battle   Composer
Joe Eldridge   Composer
Stan Britt   Annotation
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Harry Brooks   Composer
Buster Harding   Arranger,Composer
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Walter Melrose   Composer
Clifford R. Burwell   Composer
Gordon Clifford   Composer
Ford Dabney   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
Porter Steele   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Ellis Walsh   Composer
A. Jackson   Composer
Joop Visser   Producer
Joe "Cornbread" Thomas   Composer
Dave Franklin   Composer
James McHugh   Composer
Harry Harris   Composer
John Carleton   Composer
Sid Robin   Composer

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