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One can only speculate on the things Navarro would have accomplished had tuberculosis (a condition that his heroin addiction made him more vulnerable to) not claimed his life at the age of 26 in 1950, but we do know this much: Navarro’s contributions to jazz were enormous. Now, what’s really important here is we’re talking about Fats Navarro with Tadd Dameron (one of the best bebop composer/arrangers) and Kenny Clarke live at the Royal Roost, with a good supporting cast. Fats rips off huge, articulate runs at breath-taking speed and makes it sound so easy. His playing is as good as anything I have in my Fats collection. Absolutely essential for any Fats Navarro fan or any early bebop fan, and highly recommended.
This complete album note-for-note transcription by Erik Veldkamp is an absolute masterpiece. Every note is perfectly preserved, ready for you to play along with your favourite recording.
Click to the left for samples, check the song list below, and get an immediate digital download above.