Roy EldridgeIn ParisVogue1951Trumpeter Roy Eldridge left the United States for Paris in 1950 fearing that the emergence of bebop, which he had strongly influenced, would make his more traditional style of playing obsolete and lose him his formerly adoring audiences. Eldridge did not stay in Paris for as long as some of his colleagues, but he managed to produce some fine, swinging recordings during his time abroad. In Paris documents two vibrant, gem-filled, European recording sessions and still sounds hip over 60 years after it was made.The album, which also ...read more
After the triumphant, news-making appearance by the Duke Ellington Orchestra the preceding year, the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival was eagerly awaited by Verve impresario Norman Granz, no doubt hopeful of replicating the success of the best-selling album of Ellington's entire career (Ellington at Newport 1956 Complete, Columbia/Legacy). Although Verve's releases marking the 50th anniversary of the mother of all jazz festivals don't disappoint, there's much that's unlikely to strike the present-day listener as essential or even historic.The Coleman Hawkins-Roy Eldridge set was one of those spirited, fiery affairs that no doubt sounded better at the time than when ...read more
Roy Eldridge, Little Jazz GiantAuthor: John ChiltonContinuum, August 2002456 pages, photos: 18 b/w halftonesISBN 0-8264-5692-8Known for his dazzling improvisational skills and intensely competitive nature, Roy Eldridge is generally regarded as a key instrumentalist of the swing era. His extroverted, virtuoso style influenced a generation of swing trumpeters and paved the way for many bebop innovators including Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham and Dexter Gordon. A new biography, Roy Eldridge, Little Jazz Giant, provides a detailed, chronological study of the great trumpeter's career from his early years in Pittsburgh, through his rise ...read more
Norman Granz, legendary label impresario and concert organizer, had his own niche in the Seventies. Take an aging, but estimable swing star; match him with a band built on the talents of younger players; incite some sparks through friendly rivalries both manufactured and genuine; apply some promotional spin and watch the greenbacks roll in. Such was presumably the case with this until now unreleased concert recording financed and produced by Granz for a French audience under the auspices of his JATP promotional juggernaut. To be fair, Eldridge was more than deserving of the applause and adulation even though his chops ...read more
This 1958 all-star date documents Pres on his last legs, about a year away from death. His tone is faltering and his energy level is low — especially on the clarinet, which he plays on Salute to Benny" and They Can’t Take That Away From Me." But still, on Gypsy In My Soul" and Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone," his entrances are pure Lester Young. One note and you know it’s him.Joining Lester are trumpet greats Roy Eldridge and Harry Sweets" Edison, backed by the fabulous rhythm section of Hank Jones, Herb Ellis, George Duvivier, ...read more
Verve's Take 2" series has been reissuing collections of material in two disc sets for a few years now, and many of the selections in the series have been collections of the work of well known artists -- people like Maz Roach, Clifford Brown, Charlie Parker, and Joe Williams. However, recently, Verve has moved the focus of this series towards less well known, but artistically important artists and musical forms. Swing Trumpet Kings is one of the latest additions to the Take 2 series, and it follows in Verve's recent direction.
A reissue of three classic albums from the late ...read more