Fats Navarro Story
Audio CD | Import, Box Set
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87 track, 4 CD box-set showcases the immense talent of BeBop's trumpeter extraordinaire. 40 page booklet tells the story of a genius still to be properly recognized. Rare photos and full track information are also included. Additional artist's include, Billy Eckstine, Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Tadd Dameron, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. 2000 release. 4 standard jewelcases housed together in a deluxe slipcase.
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This 4 CD compilation spans Fats Navarro's short but utterly brilliant career, from the legendary Billy Eckstine Orchestra through his Savoy and Blue Note studio recordings, a great selection of his session work and broadcasts for and with people such as Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Tadd Dameron, Bud Powell and Charlie Parker. Also included are his two legendary 1947 Saturday Night Swing radio show tracks. Anyone can pick fault with any compilation but this is as good a compilation as I've ever seen for a jazz artist.
The sound quality is uniformly excellent throughout, the 40 page booklet well-written and impeccably researched, and the packaging tastefully done. In short, an outstanding box set. That said, it's what I've come to expect of the Proper label (I will buy anything they put out, sight unseen).
Oh, did I say that it's dirt cheap for what you get? It is. Buy it before it goes OOP.
My problem with the set is that the sound is a bit muddy. I have all of these sides on lp and have heard them on Blue Note and Savoy discs. The sound is livlier on Savoy and Blue Note. I suspect that Proper Box did some sound filtering which probably cleaned up the sound from whatever their source was, but it seems to have lost some of the treble. You do not hear any crispness from the drumset--especially the cybals.
The price is certainly right and the material is wonderful. I would recommend spending a bit more to get the Blue Note and Savoy issues. I do not think that you will regret spending the difference for the "greater presence" of the other editions of the same music.
Most of Navarro's recordings have been available in the last few decades; he did the bulk of his recording for Blue Note and Savoy, both as a leader and a sideman. But there has never been a career-spanning retrospective, at least until now. Proper Records, an English label, has issued this fine four CD set, which features excellent sound and a terrific booklet.
What makes this set special is that it traces Navarro from his days with Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra to his early solo sides for Savoy, then on to his groundbreaking work with bandleader/composer/arranger Tadd Dameron, fiery trumpet duels with Kenny Dorham and, finally, to his final recordings with Charlie Parker, a mere week before his death from tuberculosis,apparently exacerbated by heroin use. Seldom has the development of a musician been better traced and, in particular, his work with Dameron sounds better than ever. Also included are a few rareand seldom reissued sessions that demonstrate Navarro's flair as an accompaniest for vocalists.
Fats Navarro's greatest legacy may be his influence on such later trumpeters as Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard; it is worth noting that these three major figures looked towrds Navarro rather than Gillespie for much of their style. "The Fats Navarro Story" is an essential purchasr for fans of bebop, and this box set should go far in getting Navarro the recognition he deserves.
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