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The Complete Blue Note and Capitol Recordings of Fats Navarro and Tadd Dameron

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Audio CD, September 26, 1995
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000005H0W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By punkviper on October 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The world seems to know Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, and Miles Davis as the ultimate bebop trumpet players, but Fats Navarro truly deserves a spot in that hall-of-fame also. The recordings represented here, mostly recorded from 1947 to 1949, show how Fats represents a link between Diz and Brownie. Though he died far too young at age 26 (tuberculosis complicated by a heroin addiction) his work still sounds fresh and exciting to this day.
Since this is a Blue Note release, you know the sound quality is first-rate. This 36 song collection (23 songs, 13 alternate takes) would make an excellent companion to the circa '46-'47 collection Goin' To Minton's. Overall, if you can only have one CD release of Fats Navarro's greatness, make it this one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timothy E. Barnes on January 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A wonderful two-disc set including performances by the legendary Tadd Dameron, Bud Powell, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, and Miles Davis corresponding with the lesser known Charlie Rouse (Monks tenor of choice), the ill-fated alto-saxophonist Ernie Henry, trombonists J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding, and transcendental RoyEldridge/DizzyGillespie hybrid Howard Mcghee. And, ofcourse, the illimitable Fats Navarro featured on 32 of the 36 tracks. A fine collection in every aspect highlighted by Dameron and Powell originals, however, the first six songs on the second disc are all-solid Mcghee-Navarro collaborations. Lots of Fats through and through and through...a classic record. P.S.....intrestingly the four tunes minus Navarro include a young Miles Davis as the ninth piece in Damerons' band.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By p dizzle on November 21, 2000
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was tadd dameron one of the greatest jazz composers of all time? one run through this wonderful blue note compilation serves as heavy evidence that he was. several of his standards are here played by the composer with some great icons of the be-bop era. a 22 year old miles davis appears on the last four tracks of disc 1 and a young sonny rollins appears on the navarro tracks with bud powell (disc 2, tracks 7-14). the music is a glimpse of the revolution happening on 52nd street and at minton's playhouse in the 1940s as jazz suddenly had swing infused with bop. mr. navarro may not be all that familiar to audiences today (he died in the late 40s), but his influence has been heard through jazz from the trumpet voices of clifford brown, miles davis,lee morgan, and younger voices like roy hargrove. mr. navarro was a follower of dizzy gillespie, but soon developed his own sound. listen to the tracks with bud powell and you will know that jazz lost a great innovator just as he was coming into his prime. this is a great set, especially for those wanting to hear bebop in its purest form.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen LH Braunginn on June 25, 2012
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It's challenging to find historical recordings from modern jazz innovators that are remastered as well as "Fats Navarro and Tadd Dameron." This is a gem of a find, two great jazz artists surrounded by now legendary sidemen that's not garbled, scratchy or just plain unplayable. Digital remastering is a great tool to bring these sounds back to life and it does just that with this two CD set.

Subtitled "The Complete Blue Note and Capitol Recordings," this CD set comprises 23 songs and 13 alternate takes, which for me is just another way to stretch what could be a one CD release and save money. But, as Blue Note and their cohorts are known to do, they fill disc time with outtakes and alternate recordings. Sometimes this is fine but this reissue is in excess of what's necessary to showcase the breadth of talent displayed on these recordings. However, with that said, the complete package provides quality recordings, the original releases and the alternate takes that are worth listening to if not only for their historical significance.

One of the factors that makes this a must-have CD is that it features Fats Navarro in peak form with three groups headed by Tadd Dameron. This double CD set showcases Dameron's composing talent, whose work you hear entirely on disc-1, save one piece, "What's New," by Johnny Burke and Bob Haggart. It also includes recordings written by one of Dameron's major influences, trumpeter Howard McGee, written in concert with Fats Navarro. Other works found are by Dameron's jazz colleague, pianist Bud Powell and one by the most prolific jazz composer second only to Duke Ellington, pianist Thelonious Monk.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shawn on October 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro were very important figures in bebop, and these tracks demonstrate why...

Dameron came up with a lot of interesting chord progressions, and he was a fine melodist and small group arranger. Thelonius Monk gets more attention as the great composer to come out of the beboppers, but Damerson certainly could hold his own. Check out Heavens Doors Are Open Wide.. Like Gil Evans, he was great at arranging for a small group taking a few horns voicing them to sound much larger.

Fats plays does some great (if short - many of the tracks run under 3:00) soloing on this, and you also get a snapshot of Sonny Rollins early style too. Fats Navarro was the link between Dizzy Gillespie and Clifford Brown. While he had great technique and was harmonically advanced, he was also a very melodic player.

If you're a bebop fan, you'll want this.

Shawn
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