Off the Beaten Track -- and Worth it,
This review is from: Fats Navarro Story (Audio CD)
Fats Navarro had a sweet, flawless technique which few trumpeters of his generation possessed. It is, on the one hand, unfortunate that
Navarro's discography is s0 small. On the other hand, except for the recent Savoy reissue of Navarro's best -- which is generous and remastered with great skill -- Proper's FATS NAVARRO STORY is probably the best summation of Navarro's achievement on record. The final sessions with Charlie Parker alone are worth the investment, but for those who shun Parker's brand of bebop, there are ample cuts to soothe and inspire, from a lavish rendition of "Gone with the Wind" to "A Night in Tunisia." The value of the set is simply extraordinary, with four discs, 87 cuts -- most beautifully remastered to capture the warmth of Navarro's tone-color, and an illustrated booklet which provides a brief, but educated, history of an American legend who worked for just a few years, but prepared a new generation of trumpeters for the promise of modernism. All this and a sturdy slipcase, too and you can't go wrong at this price. As someone who respects Miles Davis (especially for his Plugged Nickel set on CBS), I fear too much attention has been paid to Miles and too little to Navarro and Clifford Brown. As usual, Proper Records has developed a package that delights as it educates. And there's absolutely nothing like it in the catalog. Warmly recommended.