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Roy Eldridge: In Paris

Read "Roy Eldridge: In Paris" reviewed by Thomas Carroll

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, ...

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Roy Eldridge: Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge All-Stars at Newport

Read "Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge All-Stars at Newport" reviewed by Samuel Chell

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 ...

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Roy Eldridge, Little Jazz Giant

Read "Roy Eldridge, Little Jazz Giant" reviewed by Mark Rattner

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 ...

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Roy Eldridge: Decidedly

Read "Decidedly" reviewed by Derek Taylor

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 ...


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