Roy Eldridge

Little Jazz: The Best of the Verve Years

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These 19 songs cut throughout the 1950s offer a smorgasbord of Roy Eldridge's expertise. There's an impressive array of musical talents and settings here, forming something of a sampler of Eldridge's time on the Verve label.

"Ja-Da" finds him combining with a spirited group of Basie alumni, while "Let Me Off Uptown" reunites the trumpeter with Anita O'Day and Gene Krupa in a reprise of their trend-setting 1941 hit which is as aurally fulfilling as the original. "I Remember Harlem" is another standout; here, the moody, atmospheric melody is like few other Eldridge recordings. Against a beautiful and eerie arrangement featuring a bevy of strings and flute, Eldridge's playing is gorgeous and seductive, illuminating the nocturnal mood of the song like a street light on a darkened avenue.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:36 Amazon
2 2:36 Amazon
3 3:30 Amazon
4
feat: Gene Krupa
3:21
5 3:14 Amazon
6 3:20 Amazon
7 5:06
8 4:35
9 3:12 Amazon
10 3:57 Amazon
11 4:30 Amazon
12 5:19 Amazon
13 5:45 Amazon
14 4:04 Amazon
15 3:06 Amazon
16 9:10
17 2:39 Amazon
18 3:00 Amazon
19 3:32 Amazon
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