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Biography

One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, Fats Navarro had a tragically brief career yet his influence is still being felt. His fat sound combined aspects of Howard McGhee, Roy Eldridge, and Dizzy Gillespie, became the main inspiration for Clifford Brown, and through Brownie greatly affected the tones and styles of Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, and Woody Shaw. Navarro originally played piano and tenor before switching to trumpet. He started gigging with dance bands when he was 17, was with Andy Kirk during 1943-1944, and replaced Dizzy Gillespie with the Billy Eckstine big band during 1945-1946. During the next three years, Fats was second to only Dizzy among bop trumpeters. Navarro recorded with Kenny Clarke's Be Bop Boys, Coleman Hawkins, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Illinois Jacquet, and most significantly Tadd Dameron during 1946-1947. He had short stints with the big bands of Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman, continued working with Dameron, made classic recordings with Bud Powell (in a quintet with a young Sonny Rollins) and the Metronome All-Stars, and a 1950 Birdland appearance with Charlie Parker was privately recorded. However, Navarro was a heroin addict and that affliction certainly did not help him in what would be a fatal bout with tuberculosis that ended his life at age 26. He was well documented during the 1946-1949 period and most of his sessions are currently available on CD, but Fats Navarro could have done so much more. ~ Scott Yanow
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  4.   Be Bop Romp
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  9.   What's New
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  18.   That Someone Must Be You
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  23.   Go
  24.   Lady Bird by Tadd Dameron
  25.   March of the Martians
  26.   Bevans Birthday
  27.   On a Misty Night
  28.   Fontainebleau
  29.   As Time Goes By by Earl Coleman
  30.   Yardbird Suite by Earl Coleman
  31.   The Squirrel (No. 2)
  32.   Be-Bop
  33.   The Squirrel (No. 1)
  34.   Street Beat by Charlie Parker Quintet
  35.   Wail by Bud Powell's Modernists
  36.   Bouncing with Bud by Bud Powell's Modernists
  37.   The Things We Did Last Summer
  38.   Victory Ball by The Metronome All-Stars
  39.   Boperation by Freddie Redd
  40.   Ko-Ko
  41.   Big Dog by Jacquet, Illinois & His Orchestra
  42.   Boppin in a Riff
  43.   Ooh Bop Sh'bam
  44.   Avalon by Andy Kirk & His Orchestra
  45.   Fat Boys Parts I & Ii
  46.   The Skink
  47.   52nd St
  48.   High on a Open Mike, Pt. 1
  49.   Eb-Bop
  50.   52 St. Theme
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  66.   Ice Freezes Red
  67.   Fat Girl by Fats Navarro & the Be Bop Boys
  68.   Our Delight by Tadd Dameron Sextet
  69.   Bean and the Boys by Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra
  70.   Ice Freezes Red by Leo Parker
  71.   Concerto For Cootie
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  73.   April in Paris
  74.   Angel Face
  75.   Sweet Georgia Brown, Pt. 3
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  78.   A Stranger in Town
  79.   Yardbird Suite
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  86.   Heaven's Doors Are Wide Open
  87.   John's Delight by Miles Davis
  88.   Casbah featuring Pete Rugolo
  89.   Sid's Delight
  90.   I Think I'll Go Away
  91.   Good Bait, No. 2
  92.   Webb City
  93.   Boppin' a Riff
  94.   Goin' to Minton's
  95.   Fat Girl
  96.   Good Bait
  97.   Stop
  98.   Stealing Trash
  99.   Index
  100.   Dextrose
  101.   Fats Blows
  102.   Barry's Bop
  103.   Maternity
  104.   Just a Mystery
  105.   Red Pepper
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  116.   Symphonette
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  118.   Anthropology
  119.   Dameronia
  120.   The Squirrel
  121.   Double Talk
  122.   52nd Street Theme
  123.   Wail
  124.   High on a Open Mike, Pt. 3
  125.   Rue Chaptal (Royal Roost)
  126.   Air Mail Special by Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra
  127.   Just Plain Talkin'
  128.   EB Pob
  129.   The Chase by Tadd Dameron Sextet
  130.   The Squirrel by Tadd Dameron Sextet
  131.   52nd St. Theme
  132.   The Chase by Tadd Dameron Sextet
  133.   Anthropolgy
  134.   A Bop Carroll
  135.   Move
  136.   Overtime by The Metronome All-Stars
  137.   Wailing Wall
  138.   How Strange
  139.   Dameronia
  140.   Eb-Pob
  141.   Dial B for Beauty
  142.   Allen's Alley
  143.   Stop
  144.   Opus X by Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra
  145.   Clean Is the Scene
  146.   Lady Bird by Tadd Dameron Sextet
  147.   Go
  148.   If You Could See Me Now
  149.   Dameronia by Tadd Dameron Sextet
  150.   Epistrophy
  151.   Barry's Bop
  152.   Swift as the Wind
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  161.   New Orleans Jump by Andy Kirk & His Orchestra
  162.   Fat Girl by Fats Navarro & His Thin Men
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  164.   Koko/Anthropology
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