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Album Review

Roy Eldridge actually spends as much time singing as playing during the ten standards here, but the solos he takes (although concise) have their explosive moments. With pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Eddie Locke providing the support, the music always swings in an exuberant fashion. This CD reissue, although not essential, is worth acquiring.


Born: 30 January 1911 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

One of the most exciting trumpeters to emerge during the swing era, Roy Eldridge's combative approach, chance-taking style and strong musicianship were an inspiration (and an influence) to the next musical generation, most notably Dizzy Gillespie. Although he sometimes pushed himself farther than he could go, Eldridge never played a dull solo. Roy Eldridge started out playing trumpet and drums in carnival and circus bands. With the Nighthawk Syncopators he received a bit of attention by playing...
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