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Little Jazz: The Best of the Verve Years

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Roy Eldridge 9/27/1994

Review

These 19 songs cut throughout the 1950s offer a smorgasbord of Roy Eldridge's expertise. There's an impressive array of musical talents and settings here, forming something of a sampler of Eldridge's time on the Verve label. "Ja-Da" finds him combining with a spirited group of Basie alumni, while "Let Me Off Uptown" reunites the trumpeter with Anita O'Day and Gene Krupa in a reprise of their trend-setting 1941 hit which is as aurally fulfilling as the original. "I Remember Harlem" is another standout; here, the moody, atmospheric melody is like few other Eldridge recordings. Against a beautiful and eerie arrangement featuring a bevy of strings and flute, Eldridge's playing is gorgeous and seductive, illuminating the nocturnal mood of the song like a street light on a darkened avenue.
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Dale's Wail Roy Eldridge 3:36
  3. 2 Little Jazz Roy Eldridge 2:37
  4. 3 I Remember Harlem Roy Eldridge 3:30
  5. 4 Let Me off Uptown Gene Krupa 3:22
  6. 5 Rockin' Chair Roy Eldridge 3:14
  7. 6 Willow Weep for Me Roy Eldridge 3:20
  8. 7 Bugle Call Rag Roy Eldridge And His Central Plaza Dixielanders 5:6
  9. 8 Ja-Da Roy Eldridge And His Central Plaza Dixielanders 4:36
  10. 9 Wailin' Roy Eldridge 3:12
  11. 10 Blue Moon Roy Eldridge 3:57
  12. 11 Sweet Georgia Brown Roy Eldridge 4:30
  13. 12 Sunday Roy Eldridge 5:19
  14. 13 I Still Love Him So Roy Eldridge 5:45
  15. 14 Honey Hill Roy Eldridge 4:4
  16. 15 How Long Has This Been Going On? Roy Eldridge 3:6
  17. 16 Allen's Alley Roy Eldridge 9:7
  18. 17 Dreamy Roy Eldridge 2:39
  19. 18 When I Grow Too Old to Dream Roy Eldridge 3:0
  20. 19 The Song Is Ended Roy Eldridge 3:33

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