Bar code: 8436019581803
This set contains two complete LPs:
- "Booker Little 4 & Max Roach" (United Artists, 1958)
- "Booker Little and Friend" (Bethlehem, 1961)
This exceptional release features Booker Littles complete recorded discography as a leader with tenor saxophone virtuoso George Coleman. The October 1958 album Booker Little 4 & Max Roach and September 1961 release Booker Little and Friend mark the trumpeters recording debut as a leader and his final album respectively. The listener is thus afforded here the rare opportunity to chart the development of one of jazzs greatest instrumentalists on one single CD.
It is interesting to note Booker Littles evolution as both a composer and improviser by comparing his first album Booker Little 4 & Max Roach with his last, Booker Little and Friend. While the former album is excellent, the latter gives testimony to the fact that Littles playing had arrived at a new plateau. The exquisite compositions Victory And Sorrow, Looking Ahead and Matilde also show just how far the young trumpeter had grown as a writer.
01. Victory and Sorrow (Little) 5:55
02. Forward Flight (Little) 6:19
03. Looking Ahead (Little) 7:25
04. If I Should Lose You (Rainger) 5:12
05. Calling Softly (Little) 5:39
06. Booker's Blues (Little) 5:15
07. Matilde (Little) 5:57
08. Milestones (Davis) 5:34
09. Sweet and Lovely (Arnheim-Tobias) 4:14
10. Rounder's Mood (Little) 5:20
11. Dungeon Waltz (Little) 4:28
12. Jewel's Tempo (Little) 6:35
13. Moonlight Becomes You (Burke-Van Heusen) 7:25
Total Time: 73:44
Personnel on tracks #1-7:
Booker Little (tp), Julian Priester (tb), George Coleman (ts), Don Friedman (p), Reggie Workman (b), Pete LaRoca (d).
Recorded in New York, August or September, 1961
Personnel on tracks #8-13:
Booker Little (tp), George Coleman (ts), Tommy Flanagan (p), Art Davis (b), Max Roach (d).
Recorded at Nola Studios, New York, October, 1958
What youll hear from his trumpet is a virtuoso technique and a tremendous harmonic subtlety allied to an unforgettably vivid imagination. Forgetting his agehes one of the greatest trumpet soloists in all of jazz, his characteristic smoothness of delivery never vitiating the essential adventurousness of his approach.
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