Little Jazz Giant

Roy Eldridge

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Little Jazz Giant Review

by Steve Leggett

A three-disc box set from England's Avid Records, Little Jazz Giant tracks trumpeter Roy Eldridge's career from his early work as part of the Delta Four in 1935 through his own efforts to front a swing combo in the late '30s, his work with bandleaders Teddy Hill and Fletcher Henderson, his brilliant early-'40s sides with Gene Krupa, his profitable stay with Artie Shaw, his uncertain position with the modern bop community, and finally, four concluding tracks with Oscar Peterson. In retrospect, it's interesting how many of the most striking cuts here were actually written by Eldridge, including "That Thing," "The Gasser," "Fish Market," "Wild Driver," "Yard Dog," and "They Raided the Joint," each of which has a perceptible modernist edge. Pound for pound, Eldridge was one of the finest upper-range trumpet players jazz has ever produced, and this set has countless examples of his jet-propelled solos (check out his lightning-fast solos in the version of "St. Louis Blues" that is included here). Avid has released each of the discs from this set as single packages as well, entitled The Gasser (1935-1946), Wild Driver (1944-1950), and The Heat's On (1951-1952).

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Roy Eldridge feat: Delta Four 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
2 Roy Eldridge feat: Delta Four 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
3 Roy Eldridge feat: Teddy Wilson 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
4 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 03:10 SpotifyAmazon
5 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
6 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 02:37 SpotifyAmazon
7 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 02:33 SpotifyAmazon
8 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
9 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 02:56 SpotifyAmazon
10 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
11 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 02:44 SpotifyAmazon
12 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
13 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
14 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 03:18 SpotifyAmazon
15 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
16 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
17 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 02:51 SpotifyAmazon
18 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 03:26 SpotifyAmazon
19 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 02:44 SpotifyAmazon
20 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 03:23 SpotifyAmazon
21 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 02:45 SpotifyAmazon
22 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
23 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 03:18 SpotifyAmazon
24 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
25 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
26 Roy Eldridge feat: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra 02:59 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Roy Eldridge feat: Little Jazz Trumpet Ensemble 03:17 SpotifyAmazon
2 Roy Eldridge feat: Little Jazz Trumpet Ensemble 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
3 Roy Eldridge feat: Little Jazz Trumpet Ensemble 02:59 SpotifyAmazon
4 Roy Eldridge feat: Little Jazz Trumpet Ensemble 02:41 SpotifyAmazon
5 Roy Eldridge feat: Coleman Hawkins Quintet 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
6 Roy Eldridge feat: Coleman Hawkins Quintet 02:41 SpotifyAmazon
7 Roy Eldridge feat: Coleman Hawkins Quintet 03:17 SpotifyAmazon
8 Roy Eldridge feat: Coleman Hawkins Quintet 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
9 Roy Eldridge feat: Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
10 Roy Eldridge feat: Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
11 Roy Eldridge feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
12 Roy Eldridge feat: Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
13 Roy Eldridge feat: Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
14 Roy Eldridge feat: Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
15 Roy Eldridge feat: Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
16 Roy Eldridge feat: King David & His Little Jazz 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
17 Roy Eldridge feat: King David & His Little Jazz 03:25 SpotifyAmazon
18 Roy Eldridge feat: King David & His Little Jazz 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
19 Roy Eldridge feat: King David & His Little Jazz 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
20 Roy Eldridge feat: King David & His Little Jazz 03:31 SpotifyAmazon
21
Roy Eldridge feat: King David & His Little Jazz 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
22
Roy Eldridge feat: King David & His Little Jazz 03:35 SpotifyAmazon
23 Roy Eldridge feat: King David & His Little Jazz 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
24 Roy Eldridge feat: King David & His Little Jazz 03:19 SpotifyAmazon
25
Roy Eldridge feat: King David & His Little Jazz 03:24 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Roy Eldridge 03:30 SpotifyAmazon
2 Roy Eldridge 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
3 Roy Eldridge 03:45 SpotifyAmazon
4 Roy Eldridge 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
5 Roy Eldridge 02:58 SpotifyAmazon
6 Roy Eldridge 02:29 SpotifyAmazon
7 Roy Eldridge 02:36 SpotifyAmazon
8 Roy Eldridge 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
9 Roy Eldridge 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
10 Roy Eldridge 03:18 SpotifyAmazon
11 Roy Eldridge 03:27
12 Roy Eldridge 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
13 Roy Eldridge 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
14 Roy Eldridge 03:20 SpotifyAmazon
15 Roy Eldridge 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
16 Roy Eldridge 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
17 Roy Eldridge 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
18 Roy Eldridge feat: George Williams Orchestra 02:44 SpotifyAmazon
19 Roy Eldridge feat: George Williams Orchestra 03:32 SpotifyAmazon
20 Roy Eldridge feat: Jessica Williams 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
21 Roy Eldridge feat: George Williams Orchestra 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
22 Roy Eldridge feat: Oscar Peterson Quartet 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
23 Roy Eldridge feat: Oscar Peterson Quartet 03:20 SpotifyAmazon
24 Roy Eldridge feat: Oscar Peterson Quartet 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
25 Roy Eldridge feat: Oscar Peterson Quartet 02:36 SpotifyAmazon
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