Roy Eldridge

Live at the Three Duces

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Trumpeter Roy Eldridge's octet, which recorded six songs in Jan. 1937, is heard on this LP stretching out during a couple of radio broadcasts from later that year. Actually, despite the fine playing of altoists Joe Eldridge and Scoops Carey, tenor Dave Young and the four-piece rhythm section, the focus is generally on the exciting trumpeter/leader. The recording quality is erratic but the performances are often quite heated with Eldridge showing what he learned from listening to Louis Armstrong, most notably how to build a solo gradually up to a high note. Highlights include "Little Jazz," "Basin Street Blues," "Heckler's Hop" and "Chinatown, My Chinatown."

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