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Many valuable performances from the height of the bop era are included on this double album. Subtitled “The Complete Blue Note and Capitol Recordings” and comprised of 23 songs and 13 alternate takes, it features the great trumpeter Fats Navarro in peak form with three groups headed by pianist/arranger Tadd Dameron, in trumpet battles with one of his major influences, Howard McGhee, and on a remarkable all-star quintet with pianist Bud Powell and the young tenor Sonny Rollins; among the other sidemen are altoist Ernie Henry; tenors Charlie Rouse, Allen Eager, Wardell Gray, and Dexter Gordon; and vibraphonist Milt Jackson. In addition to such gems as “Our Delight,” “Lady Bird,” “Double Talk,” “Bouncing With Bud,” “Dance of the Infidels,” and “52nd Street Theme,” Fats is heard with the 1948 Benny Goodman septet (“Stealin’ Apples”) and Dameron leads a group with the 22-year-old Miles Davis. On a whole, this double album has more than its share of essential music that belongs in all historical jazz collections.
This huge 76 page book is a complete note for note transcription from Erik Veldkamp’s huge project to record every note Fats Navarro ever recorded. You can check out some samples to see the quality to the left, see the song list below, then grab an immediate PDF download above.
Song List Disc One
Song List Disc Two