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Composed of broadcast sessions from 1947, Saturday Night Swing Session proves that there was some middle ground between swing and early bebop after all, contradicting the widely held impression that the bop movement split the jazz world into two neatly divided, non-communicating factions. Swing stylists, bop pioneers, and in-betweeners populate these performances, which feature – among many others – trumpeter Fats Navarro, drummer Buddy Rich, vocalist Mel Tormé, tenor saxophonists Flip Phillips, Charlie Ventura, and Allen Eager, and trombonist Bill Harris. The music is stimulating, accessible, and historically important.
Two of these tracks featured Fats Navarro, and they have been transcribed Note for Note by Erik Veldkamp as part of his complete Navarro transcription project.
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