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Album Review

Booker Little was the first trumpet soloist to emerge in jazz after the death of Clifford Brown to have his own sound. His tragically brief life (he died at age 23 later in 1961) cut short what would have certainly been a major career. Little, on this sextet date with multi-reedist Eric Dolphy, trombonist Julian Priester, and drummer Max Roach, shows that his playing was really beyond bebop. His seven now-obscure originals (several of which deserve to be revived) are challenging for the soloists and there are many strong moments during these consistently challenging and satisfying performances.

Customer Reviews

A great album!

I try not to use the cliche and somehow equate brilliance to age, but listening to the level of creativity combinined with the maturity of his playing, it is difficult to believe that Booker Little was only 23 years old when he passed away. Even then, in his short life he recorded 4 albums as a leader, this one featuring Max Roach and Eric Dolphy. This is thoroughly exciting and adventurous music, and a pleasure to listen to. Terrific that it has been re-issued.

waning horns

A beautiful mix of Wayne Shorter Schizophrenia and Miles Davis Birth of the Cool but without the flute and french horn. Its own thing.

Biography

Born: April 2, 1938 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s

The first trumpeter emerging after Clifford Brown's death to gain his own sound, Booker Little had a tremendous amount of potential before his premature death. He began on trumpet when he was 12 and played with Johnny Griffin and the MJT + 3 while attending the Chicago Conservatory. Little was with Max Roach (1958-1959) and then freelanced in New York. He recorded with Roach and Abbey Lincoln, was on John Coltrane's Africa/Brass album, and was well-documented during a July 1961 gig at the Five Spot...
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