Little Jazz: Trumpet Giant

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 805520020695
  • Catalog Number: 69


Disc 1
  1. 1 (Lookie, Lookie, Lookie) Here Comes Cookie - Teddy Hill & His Orchestra (3:05)
  2. 2 What a Little Moonlight Can Do - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (3:01)
  3. 3 Sweet Lorraine - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (3:05)
  4. 4 Swingin' on the Famous Door - Delta Four (3:04)
  5. 5 Farewell Blues - Delta Four (3:04)
  6. 6 I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music - Gene Krupa (3:04)
  7. 7 Swing Is Here - Gene Krupa (2:55)
  8. 8 Blue Lou - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (3:07)
  9. 9 Stealin' Apples - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (3:00)
  10. 10 Too Good to Be True - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (3:11)
  11. 11 Warmin' Up - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (3:18)
  12. 12 Blues in C Sharp Minor - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (3:21)
  13. 13 Shoe Shine Boy - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (3:34)
  14. 14 Wabash Stomp - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (3:07)
  15. 15 Florida Stomp - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (2:56)
  16. 16 Heckler's Hop - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (2:35)
  17. 17 That Thing - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (2:59)
  18. 18 Sittin' In - Chu Berry & His "Little Jazz" Ensemble (2:13)
  19. 19 Stardust - Chu Berry & His "Little Jazz" Ensemble (3:57)
  20. 20 Body and Soul - Chu Berry & His "Little Jazz" Ensemble (3:54)
  21. 21 Forty Six, West Fifty Two - Chu Berry & His "Little Jazz" Ensemble (2:35)
  22. 22 S-H-I-N-E - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (4:07)
  23. 23 Roy's Riffin' Now - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (1:48)
  24. 24 I'm Getting Sentimental Over You - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (2:59)
  25. 25 High Society - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (3:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Smack - Coleman Hawkins (2:43)
  2. 2 I Surrender, Dear - Coleman Hawkins (4:40)
  3. 3 I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me - Coleman Hawkins (4:15)
  4. 4 Let Me Off Uptown - Gene Krupa & His Orchestra (3:05)
  5. 5 Rockin' Chair - Gene Krupa & His Orchestra (3:02)
  6. 6 Ball of Fire - Gene Krupa & His Orchestra (3:02)
  7. 7 Royal Flush - The Metronome All-Stars (3:31)
  8. 8 The Gasser - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (2:56)
  9. 9 Jump Through the Window - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (2:42)
  10. 10 Minor Jive - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (2:44)
  11. 11 Tea for Two (3:26)
  12. 12 Don't Be That Way - Little Jazz Trumpet Ensemble (3:19)
  13. 13 I Want to Be Happy - Little Jazz Trumpet Ensemble (3:04)
  14. 14 Fiesta in Brass - Little Jazz Trumpet Ensemble (3:01)
  15. 15 St. Louis Blues - Little Jazz Trumpet Ensemble (2:38)
  16. 16 After You've Gone - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (3:04)
  17. 17 The Sad Sack - Artie Shaw (3:06)
  18. 18 Little Jazz Boogie - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (2:48)
  19. 19 Embraceable You - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (3:29)
  20. 20 Little Jazz - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (3:02)
  21. 21 Just Floatin' Along - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (3:05)
  22. 22 Scuttlebutt - Artie Shaw (3:11)
  23. 23 All the Cats Join In - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (2:47)
  24. 24 Tippin' Out - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (2:48)
  25. 25 Lover, Come Back to Me - Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra (3:10)
Disc 3
  1. 1 King David (3:03)
  2. 2 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (3:03)
  3. 3 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (3:11)
  4. 4 Undecided (3:26)
  5. 5 Ain't No Flies on Me (3:21)
  6. 6 The Man I Love (3:34)
  7. 7 Easter Parade (2:57)
  8. 8 Wild Driver (3:11)
  9. 9 If I Had You (3:35)
  10. 10 Nuts (3:17)
  11. 11 Someone to Watch Over Me (3:10)
  12. 12 Goliath Bounce (3:38)
  13. 13 I Remember Harlem (2:56)
  14. 14 Baby, Don't Do Me Like That (3:26)
  15. 15 L' Isle Adam (3:19)
  16. 16 (What Did I Do to Be So) Black & Blue? (3:28)
  17. 17 Echoes of Harlem (2:44)
  18. 18 Schooldays (2:54)
  19. 19 Saturday Night Fish Fry, Pt. 1 (2:24)
  20. 20 Saturday Night Fish Fry, Pt. 2 (2:34)
  21. 21 The Heat's On (3:02)
  22. 22 No Rolling Blues (3:06)
  23. 23 They Raided the Joint (3:15)
  24. 24 Estrad Swing (Roy's Got Rhythm) (3:25)
  25. 25 Hoppin' John (3:09)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Scottie (3:02)
  2. 2 Oh! Shut-Up (3:11)
  3. 3 Hollywood Pastime (4:02)
  4. 4 I'd Love Him So (3:26)
  5. 5 The Heat Is On (Tres Chaud) (3:25)
  6. 6 Wild Man Blues (3:50)
  7. 7 Fireworks (3:01)
  8. 8 Baby, What's the Matter With You? (3:22)
  9. 9 Yard Dog (2:56)
  10. 10 Sweet Lorraine (2:53)
  11. 11 Jumbo the Elephant (2:50)
  12. 12 Basin Street Blues - George Williams Orchestra (2:45)
  13. 13 I Remember Harlem - George Williams Orchestra (3:32)
  14. 14 Easter Parade - Jessica Williams (2:52)
  15. 15 I See Everybody's Baby - George Williams Orchestra (2:55)
  16. 16 Roy's Riff - Oscar Peterson Quartet (3:10)
  17. 17 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams - Oscar Peterson Quartet (3:21)
  18. 18 Rockin' Chair - Oscar Peterson Quartet (3:15)
  19. 19 Little Jazz - Oscar Peterson Quartet (2:38)
  20. 20 Love for Sale - Oscar Peterson Quartet (3:41)
  21. 21 Dale's Wail - Oscar Peterson Quartet (3:39)
  22. 22 St. Louis Blues (Pts. 1 & 2) - The Metronome All-Stars (6:20)
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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
Ed Cuffee Trombone
Bill Dillard Trumpet
Gus Dixon Trombone
Mike Doty Alto Saxophone
Ray Eckstrand Alto Saxophone
Les 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
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
Al 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
John Collins Guitar
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
Michael "Dodo" Marmarosa Piano
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
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 II 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
John Collins Composer
Joe "Cornbread" Thomas Composer
Dave Franklin Composer
James McHugh Composer
Harry Harris Composer
John Carleton Composer
Sid Robin Composer
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