Featuring George Coleman: Complete Recordings
Booker Little (tp), Julian Priester (tb), George Coleman (ts), Don Friedman or Tommy Flanagan (p), Art Davis or Reggie Workman (b), Max Roach or Pete LaRoca (d)
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
02. Forward Flight
03. Looking Ahead
04. If I Should Lose You
05. Calling Softly
06. Booker's Blues
09. Sweet and Lovely
10. Rounder's Mood
11. Dungeon Waltz
12. Jewel's Tempo
13. Moonlight Becomes You
Total Time: 73:44
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.