Monday, January 2, 2017

The Fabulous Fats Navarro, vol. 1

Primarily comprised of recordings made with pianist Tadd Dameron, The Fabulous Fats Navarro, vol. 1 spotlights the fluid and inventive bebop trumpeter on nine master takes and several alternate versions. (The impressive bonus cuts will not only excite completists, but should please the casual fan as well.) From the two Dameron-led dates in 1947 and 1948, we have classic Navarro performances like "The Chase," "Our Delight," "The Squirrel," and "Lady Bird." Navarro's stellar solos here (both muted and not) are complimented by equally impressive statements from alto saxophonist Ernie Henry and tenor saxophonists Wardell Gray and Charlie Rouse. And while drummers Shadow Wilson and Kenny Clarke provide fine rhythmic support throughout, conga player Chino Pozo (cousin of Chano Pozo) provides some nice additional texture on a few numbers. Also included on this disc are excellent tracks from a 1948 date with trumpeter Howard McGhee. Covering McGhee and Navarro originals like "Boperation" and "Double Talk," this session features more stellar solo work from Henry as well as some fine contributions by vibraphonist Milt Jackson (who actually plays piano on most of the cuts). And rounding out things are a few alternate takes from a date with pianist Bud Powell, including worthwhile versions of "Wail" and "Bouncing With Bud." This is an essential title for jazz enthusiasts, but one that seems to go in and out of print quite often. Luckily, all the tracks on both volumes of The Fabulous Fats Navarro, plus some additional Dameron cuts, can be heard on Blue Note's Fats Navarro and Tadd Dameron : The Complete Blue Note and Capitol Recordings.
Stephen Cook

Source :

The Fabulous
Fats Navarro
vol. 1


1 The Chase [alt. take] (Dameron)  2:58
2 The Chase (Dameron)  2:42
3 The Squirrel (Dameron)  3:18
4 The Squirrel [alt. take] (Dameron)  2:57
5 Our Delight [alt. take]  3:03
6 Our Delight (Dameron)  2:57
7 Dameronia [alt. take] (Dameron)  3:11
8 Dameronia (Dameron)  2:57
9 Sid's Delight (Dameron)  2:54
10 Casbah (Dameron)  2:57
11 John's Delight (Dameron)  2:56
12 What's New ? (Haggart, Burke)  2:59
13 Heaven's Doors Are Wide Open (Dameron)  3:17
14 Focus (Dameron)  2:59


[# 1-8]
Fats Navarro - tp
Ernie Henry - as
Charlie Rouse - ts
Tadd Dameron - p
Nelson Boyd - b
Shadow Wilson - dr
Recorded at WOR Studios, New York City ; September 26, 1947
[# 9-10]
Fats Navarro - tp
Kai Winding - tb
Sahib Shihab - as
Dexter Gordon - ts
Cecil Payne - bs
Tadd Dameron - p
Curly Russell - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Diego Ibarra - bng
Vidal Bolado - cng
Rae Pearl - vcl [# 10]
Recorded in New York City ; January 18, 1949
[# 11-14]
Miles Davis - tp
J. J. Johnson - tb
Benjamen Lundy - ts
Cecil Payne - bs
John Collins - g
Tadd Dameron - p
Curly Russell - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Kay Penton - vcl [# 13]
Recorded in New York City ; April 21, 1949


Melanchthon said...

furnguy said...

thnx and happy new year.

musician3 said...


Gil said...

Bonne et heureuse année,merci.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much.

Happy New Year!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

lucky5 said...

Much appreciated, Mel!

cvllos said...

Thank you, Melanchthon! A nice New Year's gift. Brownie's idol?

jerry g said...

Hope everyone has a great year!

francisco santos said...


george said...

Many thanks, Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you!!!

WOODY said...

What a fine share, absolutely recommended and very much appreciated. Love music of this era, still fresh and worth to listen to. So I say thanks and wish all the best to Mel for 2017!

baar said...

thank you Mel for all your excellent work! I wish you a very good year

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon - happy new year

Olde Edo said...

Thanks for this and also vol.2. Such a pity that he died so young...

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks for purging some MP3 copies of these two from my collection!

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you!