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I Remember Harlem Baby Don't Do Me Like That Une Petite Laitue Une Petite Laitue L'Isle Adam Black and Blue Tu Disais Que Tu M'Aimais Oh Shut Up Hollywood Pastime I'd Love Him So The Heat Is On (Très Chaud) Wild Man Blues Fireworks Just Fooling List Blues Improvisation
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Don Byas, Claude Bolling|
Customer Reviews (3)
- "Parisian Cooking"Review by Big Toots
If there was such a thing as a hair-trigger tempered jazzers Hall of Fame, Roy Eldridge would be in its most honored wing, perhaps in the proximity of Buddy Rich. That’s because Roy could be as insanely competitive and feisty as they come. And, that fire spewed forth from his trumpet – and also his mouth as he was expelled from high school - from his first days on the horn. We hear a “hornucopia” of that flame – and more - in this magnificent Eldridge retrospective which was recorded in Paris in 1950.
A man possessed of as many talents as hot-buttons, Eldridge is heard here performing brilliantly with various ensemble formats – with a quintet, a small-big band, and in a duo with Claude Bolling on piano. Eldridge’s abilities also spin off a fine piano solo (“Improvisation”) and vocals in the local tongue. Across all of this and on trumpet especially, Eldridge is a demon possessed by swingin’ devils (and some ghosting from Louis Armstrong).
Eldridge’s gargantuan trumpet tone is on vivid display right off the bat on his deeply blue and rather ominously droning original, “I Remember Harlem.” However, the swing party jumps and jives immediately thereafter with “Little Jazz” bringing on the big voice and upper register fireworks (“Baby Don’t Do Me Like That,” “L’Isle Adam,””Black and Blue”). No wallflower when it came to onstage hi-jinks, Eldridge does some neat Gallic vocalizing and scatting, too (“Une Petit Latiue”).
Virtually all of the selections here are Eldridge compositions, each of which is drenched with “Swing” trademarks – driving “all-four” rhythmic underpinnings, highly-syncopated melodies and shadings of an earlier day in Jazz (“Oh Shut Up”). The various ensembles provide solid rhythmic support for all that transpires above. However, this is Eldridge’s show all around, no doubt ‘bout.
While this outstanding recording suggests Roy’s reminiscing about Harlem, after a listen or two, you’ll certainly always remember him in Paris.
(Posted on 5/24/2015)
- Roy Eldridge: I Remember HarlemReview by Simon Sez
I Remember Harlem has a lot of really fascinating music with lots of surprises. Roy Eldridge is heard on the only piano solos that he ever recorded (not sounding bad), he sings pretty decently on a few numbers, and he pays tribute to Louis Armstrong of the late 1920s on a pair of duets with pianist Claude Bolling. Roy is typically explosive in his matchups with Don Byas including on “Oh Shut Up.” Roy Eldridge shows that when it came to playing with fire, no one could keep up with him. This is a great set.
Simon Sez: Roy Eldridge on I Remember Harlem (IC7012) sings a bit, takes three piano solos, pays tribute to Satchmo and is explosive throughout.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
- Review by Scott Yanow
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