Sunday, March 24, 2013

Fats Navarro

Taken from three different, late-'40s sessions, Nostalgia features Navarro in the fine company of bebop stars like Dexter Gordon, Tadd Dameron, and Art Blakey. While looser sounding than the legendary sides the trumpeter cut for Blue Note, the tracks here still include the usual bevy of sharp Navarro solos, plus stellar contributions by all involved. The first session with tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse (one of the earliest recordings of the future Monk sideman), Dameron, and Blakey, finds Navarro mixing poised and fluid solo work with more intense high-note statements, demonstrating his masterful blend of both Miles Davis' cool approach and Dizzy Gillespie's incendiary technique. The highlights continue with four more cuts from a Dexter Gordon-led session from 1947, which adheres to the brief head statement and round of solos mode used on the earlier cuts. Dameron returns on piano, nicely comping behind Gordon's already distinct solo work and more of Navarro's pearl-like horn lines (these numbers have also been released on various Gordon titles on Savoy). The disc ends with a date led by honking tenor man Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, which, while less intriguing than the other sessions, stills swings mightily with a mix of bebop and R&B flavored tunes. Nostalgia is worthy of any jazz collection and certainly is an essential title from the bebop era.
Stephen Cook

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Fats Navarro


1 Nostalgia (Navarro) 2:45
2 Barry's Bop (Navarro) 2:40
3 Be-Bop Romp (Navarro) 2:38
4 Fats Blows (Navarro) 2:51
5 Dextivity (Gordon) 3:02
6 Dextrose (Gordon) 2:50
7 Dexter's Mood (Gordon) 2:53
8 Index (Gordon) 3:05
9 Stealing Trash (Davis) 2:50
10 Hollerin' and Screamin' (Davis) 2:43
11 Fracture (Davis) 2:54
12 Calling Dr. Jazz (Davis) 2:51

[# 1-4]
Fats Navarro - tp
Charlie Rouse - ts
Tadd Dameron - p
Nelson Boyd - b
Art Blakey - dr
Recorded on December 5, 1947
[# 5-8]
Fats Navarro - tp
Dexter Gordon - ts
Tadd Dameron - p
Nelson Boyd - b
Art Mardigan - dr
Recorded on December 22, 1947
[# 9-12]
Fats Navarro - tp
Eddie Davis - ts
Al Haig - p
Huey Long - g
Gene Ramey - b
Denzil Best - dr
Recorded on December 18, 1946


Philo said...

Fats Navarro - Nostalgia (1947)

I have several of these Savoy reissues in my collection, but was not aware of this album.

Another great find. I'm enjoying the music a lot.

Big Papi said...

Is there a link for this Fats?

musician3 said...

Great......Thank You

ita diegues said...

Thank you Mel.

Frasco said...

Caught it just before the débacle... great, Melanchton!

Bhowani said...

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melanchthon !
it's good to see you again on board !

Bhowani said...

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Baruch said...

PW - melanchthon

Bhowani said...

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thank you !!

Melanchthon said...

CrunchyFrog said...

excellent recording... thank you!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you Mel!

jose luis said...

Thank you Mel, fine record and a very complete post.

rm said...

merci beaucoup