The Trumpeters: Jazz Fest Masters

Buck Clayton / Roy Eldridge / Dizzy Gillespie

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The Trumpeters: Jazz Fest Masters Review

by Scott Yanow

A lot of classic greats are heard on this CD, taken from the 1969 New Orleans Jazz Festival. Roy Eldridge performs four songs while backed by pianist Jaki Byard, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Alan Dawson; on "Perdido" fellow trumpeters Bobby Hackett and Clark Terry sit in. Dizzy Gillespie plays two obscure numbers with his quintet of the time (with James Moody on tenor and flute) while Buck Clayton heads an octet on "St. Louis Blues" that also includes Buddy (not Bunny as it says in the scanty liner notes) Tate and trombonist Dickie Wells. The performances are quite enjoyable, obscure and well-recorded. This CD is worth getting for Roy Eldridge's playing by itself.

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