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Tragically, Fats Navarro epitomized the stereotype of the heroin-addicted bebopper who lived fast and died young. The trumpeter’s potential was enormous, but like so many of his colleagues Navarro allowed heroin to rob him of what should have been a very long career. Focusing Dameronia, this release boasts some of early bop’s finest, most influential trumpet playing. While “Our Delight,” “The Squirrel,” “Dameronia,” “Lady Bird,” and “The Chase” are among the well known classics that find Navarro being employed as a sideman by pianist Tadd Dameron, Navarro co-leads a sextet with fellow trumpeter Howard McGhee on “Double Talk,” and leads various groups of his own on exuberant gems that include “Fat Girl,” “Fats Blows,” “Bebop Romp,” and “Barry’s Bop.”
This complete album note-for-note transcription comes from the prolific Erik Veldkamp. The engraving is incredibly easy to read, and the quality of the transcriptions are simply unmatched.
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