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Fabulous Fats Navarro, Vol. 2 [Japan Bonus Tracks]

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Fats Navarro 8/24/2005

Review

Picking up some of the slack from the first volume, The Fabulous Fats Navarro, Vol. 2 takes in two fine 1948 sessions featuring the bebop trumpeter. The first three cuts come from a Tadd Dameron-led date featuring top players like Dexter Gordon, Cecil Payne, Kai Winding, Sahib Shihab, and Kenny Clarke. The group avails itself nicely on Dameron originals like the mercurial Latin cut "Jahbero" (including congas and bongos), the classic "Lady Bird," and the predictably complex "Symphonette." Navarro runs the gamut here, turning in both high-flying solos and gracefully cool statements. And with enough in the way of engaging solo work, the alternate takes of all three of these tracks prove to be more than just filler. The remainder is culled from a session Navarro co-led with trumpeter Howard McGhee, and includes collaborative numbers like "The Skunk," "Boperation," and an alternate take of "Double Talk." The group also features Ernie Henry, Milt Jackson, Curly Russell, and Kenny Clarke. Now, plaudits aside, these two volumes of Blue Note Navarro recordings are not only hard to find (they've primarily been available only as an import), but seem to have come out with varying track listings over time. So, the best option is to pick up Blue Note's very welcome Fats Navarro and Tadd Dameron: The Complete Blue Note and Capitol Recordings, which not only has all the Fabulous material, but includes a Dameron date with Miles Davis, as well as a cover of Fats Waller's "Stealin' Apples" featuring Navarro, Benny Goodman, and Wardell Gray. [The Japanese version included bonus tracks.] ~ Stephen Cook
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Lady Bird Fats Navarro 2:49
  3. 2 Lady Bird Fats Navarro 2:48
  4. 3 Jahbero Fats Navarro 2:59
  5. 4 Jahbero Fats Navarro 2:52
  6. 5 Symphonette Fats Navarro 3:3
  7. 6 Symphonette Fats Navarro 3:5
  8. 7 Double Talk Fats Navarro 5:18
  9. 8 Bouncing With Bud Fats Navarro 3:3
  10. 9 Dance of the Infidels Fats Navarro 2:48
  11. 10 Skunk Fats Navarro 2:55
  12. 11 Boperation Fats Navarro 3:6

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