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The Fats Navarro Collection 1943-50
The Fats Navarro Collection 1943-50

Fats Navarro
Styles: Jazz
Catalogue Number: ADDCD3145
Despite his tragically brief career, cut short as it was by tuberculosis, exacerbated by heroin addiction, at the age of 26, bebop trumpeter Fats Navarro built an extraordinarily high profile and reputation during the few short years he was recording and performing, and through his involvement in some landmark recordings was a substantial influence on his peers and those who came after. Having cut his teeth playing with the orchestras of Andy Kirk and Billy Eckstine, the latter a renowned staging post for future bebop stars, he came to real prominence after settling in New York in 1946, working with some of the most important established and emerging talents of the day. His style was distinctively different from the other pioneering bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, and he was a marvellously fluent and original improviser. This 39-track 2-CD collection, which includes some extended ‘live’ performances towards the end, begins with examples of his early recordings with the orchestras mentioned, and includes sessions and performances with a host of luminaries, including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Bud Powell, Milt Jackson, Kenny Clarke, Illinois Jacquet, Tadd Dameron, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Sonny Rollins and Benny Goodman. The final ‘live’ recordings were made just a week before his death in 1950. It’s a hugely entertaining snapshot of his all-too-brief, but stellar career.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Avalon Andy Kirk & His Orchestra
2 New Orleans Jump Andy Kirk & His Orchestra
3 Air Mail Special Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra
4 Opus X Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra
5 Doggin' Man Blues Andy Kirk & His Orchestra
6 Epistrophy Kenny Clarke And His 52nd Steet Boys
7 Ooh Bop Sh'bam Kenny Clarke And His 52nd Steet Boys
8 Boppin In A Riff Fats Navarro/Gil Fuller's Modernists
9 Fat Boy Parts 1 & 2 Fats Navarro/Gil Fuller's Modernists
10 Bean And The Boys Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra
11 Spinal Eddie Davis & His Beboppers :
12 Big Dog Illinois Jacquet And His Orchestra
13 Fat Girl Fats Navarro And His Thin Men
14 Goin' To Minton's Fats Navarro And His Thin Men
15 Dameronia The Tadd Dameron Sextet 
16 The Chase The Tadd Dameron Sextet 
17 The Tadd Walk Tadd Dameron And His Band
18 Ko-Ko Barry Ulanov And His All Star Metronome Jazzmen
19 Nostalgia Dexter Gordon And His Boys
20 Barry's Bop Fats Navarro Quintette 
21 Half Step Down, Please Fats Navarro Quintette 
22 Index Coleman Hawkins And His All Stars
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Good Bait Tadd Dameron Quintet
2 Anthropology Tadd Dameron Quintet
3 Stealin' Apples Benny Goodman Septet
4 Lady Bird The Tadd Dameron Septet
5 Jahbero The Tadd Dameron Septet
6 Boperation Howard McGhee/Fats Navarro Boptet 
7 The Skunk Howard McGhee/Fats Navarro Boptet 
8 Our Delight The Tadd Dameron Septet
9 Move Earl Coleman with the Fats Navarro Sextet
10 Overtime Metronome All Stars
11 Victory Ball Metronome All Stars
12 The Things We Did Last Summer Jazz At The Philharmonic
13 Bouncing With Bud Bud Powell's Modernists
14 Wail Bud Powell's Modernists
15 Street Beat Charlie Parker Quintet
16 Ornithology Charlie Parker Quintet
17 52nd Street Theme Charlie Parker Quintet
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