Track Selection 1: Boperation (with Navarro)
Track Selection 2. I’ll Remember April
Track Selection 3. Fluid Drive
Boperation: Fats Navarro (tp) Howard McGhee (tp, p) Ernie Henry (as) Milt Jackson (vib, p) Curly Russell (b) Kenny Clarke (d) recorded Apex Studios, NYC, October 11, 1948
I’ll Remember April & Fuid Drive: Howard McGhee (tp) J.J. Johnson (tb) Brew Moore (ts) Kenny Drew (p) Curly Russell (b) Max Roach (d) recorded WOR Studios, NYC, January 23, 1950
As the tracks on this ten inch are ultra short, a broader selection is included, including Fats Navarro’s hot “Boperation”. Trumpet overdose!
“Despite having such a short career, the impact of Navarro’s stature amongst his peers is most evident in his “trumpet battles” with the elite blowers of the time, such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and the following session for Blue Note. This October 11, 1948 session is with former Andy Kirk-days colleague Howard McGhee, known by Fats as “the influence”. Sadly, McGhee has slipped into obscurity, which makes this session all the more valuable.”
– from the excellent at the JazzNote
Music definitely with “another time” feel, musicians squashed into under three minutes per track with 4, or 8 bar solos and the next soloists steps in. Gives you an understanding what a revolution the 12″ microgroove LP was for music, paving the way for extended solo’s, greater exploration, probing boundaries, tune-deconstruction, all the new musical possibilities unleashed simply by having more time.
Brew Moore on tenor is a new name for me, and I like his voice, though there is scarcely more than an appetiser here.
Vinyl: Toshiba-EMI Blue Note’s 10″” transferred onto 12″
They had the two McGhees, so I bought the other as well.I know you can buy they compiled on to a single LP, but I liked them as separate records and covers.