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  • Audio CD (26 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Proper Records Ltd
  • ASIN: B0001ZXOLG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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One of the outstanding stylists on his instrument during 1940s, Roy Eldridge's trumpet style was a prime influence for the bebop movement. He spent most of the '40s playing with big bands, including those of Artie Shaw and Gene Krupa, where he became a star with his high energy solos and daring aggression and strove to overcome the racial prejudices of the time. Following the end of the big band era, he worked in small group settings with the likes of Oscar Peterson. This 4CD box set, presented with all of Proper's usual care, attention and quality, covers Eldridge's career from its beginnings with the bands of Teddy Wilson, Teddy Hill and Fletcher Henderson, through the big band era and up to his classic early '50s sessions. A 48 page illustrated booklet, with discography tells the whole story

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nikica Gilic on 1 Jun 2008
Format: Audio CD
Comprehensive overview of the most significant part of a rich career - to say the least. This 4 CD collection starts with Roy's very first recording in 1935 (with Teddy Hill's big band), and ends with some of his choisiest work from the 50's. The booklet is very informative; it has some fine pictures and complete dates and personell listing. Also; it tells the story of Eldridge's career prior to his first recordings.

Sound quality is fine and music is, well, perfect.

Naturally, I already have some of the tracks in Teddy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Gene Krupa or Fletcher henderson collections, but this is still great.
There are some of the best swing combos I have ever heard in this collection, Roy's work in France is marvelous, there are the incredible "Metronome All stars" (on "St. Louis Blues" in two tempos...) with great Billy Eckstine, Lester Young, Terry Gibbs, Kai Winding and others... Big band tracks lag behind a bit (even Henderson, influntial as he was, doesn't fare well when compared to Krupa's, Eldridge's or Hawkins' combos represented here). But, the big band sides are still good or very good swing music.

Contributions of Coleman Hawkins, Chu Berry, Benny Goodman, Oscar Peterson, Gene Krupa, Israel Crosby (on Teddy Wilson's rightly famous "Blues in C sharp minor"), Don Byas, Buddy Tate and others are great but I would particularly like to recomend the Paris tracks, particularly those with Claude Bolling (duos: "Wild man blues" and "Fireworks"). These are marvelous reworking od Armstrong-Hines classics...

All swing and classic jazz fans should get this music on this or any other collections
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A Link Between Satchmo and Dizzy 8 Jun 2005
By JG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Sorry to label the man but he is a great one ...you can hear the emotion..He can really blow...this CD set clocks in at about at 5 hours and it captures a great musician on excellent sound from the early days of his Little Jazz to Swing with Krupa and other names to his own band and beyond...the material spans,live material, excellent sounding source materials and mixes unheard by me...these excellent UK companies give consumers a real treat..and with great books.. I am certain experts may look down on these type of collections but besides the value they are wonderful fun and gives great overviews on quality remastered sound that can only spur interest in Jazz.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great selection 30 Sep 2006
By Nikica Gilic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Comprehensive overview of the most significant part of a rich career - to say the least. This 4 CD collection starts with Roy's very first recording in 1935 (with Teddy Hill's big band), and ends with some of his choisiest work from the 50's. The booklet is very informative; it has some fine pictures and complete dates and personell listing. Also; it tells the story of Eldridge's career prior to his first recordings.

Sound quality is fine and music is, well, perfect.

Naturally, I already have some of the tracks in Teddy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Gene Krupa or Fletcher henderson collections, but this is still great.
There are some of the best swing combos I have ever heard in this collection, Roy's work in France is marvelous, there are the incredible "Metronome All stars" (on "St. Louis Blues" in two tempos...) with great Billy Eckstine, Lester Young, Terry Gibbs, Kai Winding and others... Big band tracks lag behind a bit (even Henderson, influntial as he was, doesn't fare well when compared to Krupa's, Eldridge's or Hawkins' combos represented here). But, the big band sides are still good or very good swing music.

Contributions of Coleman Hawkins, Chu Berry, Benny Goodman, Oscar Peterson, Gene Krupa, Israel Crosby (on Teddy Wilson's rightly famous "Blues in C sharp minor"), Don Byas, Buddy Tate and others are great but I would particularly like to recomend the Paris tracks, particularly those with Claude Bolling (duos: "Wild man blues" and "Fireworks"). These are marvelous reworking od Armstrong-Hines classics...
All swing fans should get this music on this or any other collections
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Blow, Roy, blow! What an awesome collection on 4 CDs. 20 May 2007
By David G. Lucas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You know how hot young guitarists always say that they discovered Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy through the Rolling Stones or Eric Clapton? The amazing Anita O'Day introduced me to Roy Eldridge in much the same way.

I am a big Anita O'Day fan, and finally one day I followed her music back to the Gene Krupa days, and then one tune changed forever how I feel about the trumpet. "Let Me Off Uptown" starts off with a jazzy conversation between Anita and Roy that immediately made me want to know who Roy was. He sings back to her and gets the invitation to "Blow, Roy, blow!" and then he just blew me away. Roy Eldridge, the hottest trumpet player on the circuit since Louis and reigning champion on my playlist all the way up to Clifford Brown.

Well, turns out that tune was also an album title; the whole Gene Krupa band is hot and Eldridge provided the steam on thier recordings. From there, you just have to get his whole collection! Far too many albums to choose from, but this amazing twenty year overview of Eldridge's career highlights is a truly joy giving start on the road to absolutely loving the role of the trumpet in big band swing.

Let your ears lead the way to the great ones...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Hot Trumpet Blowing from a Little Trumpet Giant 5 Jan 2009
By Roger Berlind - Published on Amazon.com
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Roy Eldridge might have been short, but he was a giant among trumpeters, one of the best of all time, forming a link between Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. This 4 CD collection is full of hot trumpet blowing from 1935 to 1953 in both big band and small jazz ensemble settings with many famous musicians as Nikica Gillic already mentioned in his review. His trumpet playing is as good as Armstrong's in my book, but without Armstrong's bufoonery.

Like trumpeters Armstrong, Gillespie, and Taft Jordan, Eldridge also mixed up some singing with his blowing. (Maybe jazz trumpeters need to relax their lips from all those high notes?) His singing is fine, but nothing special. Fortunately, (unlike the Proper Jack Teagarden set), the number of tunes where he sings on this collection is fairly small, letting you really enjoy his trumpet playing and the contributions from his illustrious co-stars.

As with all Proper box sets, you get great value for your money with this one. Searching on Amazon for "Roy Eldridge" shows 175 results, including a CD he did with Dizzy Gillespie in 1954, a live concert he did with Coleman Hawkins at Newport in 1957, a live concert with Oscar Peterson in Montreux in 1977, and a complete 7-CD box set of all his Verve recordings. Unfortunately, the last appears to be out of print or unavailable at this time. That's a shame, because after listening to this Proper collection, I'd like to get the Verve collection too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Documents an important segment in Eldridge's career 26 Aug 2012
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Although he was active from the mid 1920s to the 1980s, this set captures some of his best years, spanning 1935 through 1953.

Up front the key questions you may have are: (1) how is the sound quality? (2) is this a typical hodge-podge of tracks thrown together to take advantage of expiring copyrights per European laws?

The answer to the first question is the sound quality is excellent. Even the early tracks circa 1935 are clear and probably better than the originals due to remastering. There are no popping noises associated with raw transfers from old shellac albums to CD. I am sure die hard purists and audiophiles will find some cause to complain, but I am more than pleased.

On the second question: this is a well thought out set, with each CD having a theme. Disc 1 is Swing is Here, Disc 2 is The Gasser, Disc 3 is King David in Paris and Stockholm Too and the final disc is Dale's Wail. What truly sets this collection apart, aside from the attention to logical grouping, is the 47-page booklet that is included. It is well written with a lot of Roy's history and the context of the tracks on each disc. But the real value is the comprehensive discography that lists each track on each disc, provides personnel and dates, and even label catalog information for each and every track. That is not the stuff of hastily thrown together compilations by fly-by-night labels.

The period covers his most important work (in my opinion), as well as his evolution as a musician that paralleled jazz itself. He was one of the few oldtimers (he was born in 1911) to make a successful transition from swing to bebop. He was a regular at the birthplace of bebop - Minton's Playhouse - and contributed musical ideas to that genre. More importantly, he was the idol and inspiration of Dizzy who was one of the architects of the new style. However, Roy continued to remain relevant as a jazz musician into the early 1970s. So this set of CDs show from where he came and to where he was ultimately headed.

It's a shame there are no sound samples on this page, but the track listing provided above is accurate and it is not difficult to track down some of the songs to get an idea of what is included in this set. I think it's not only a bargain, but an invaluable collection for amateur jazz historians like myself (and especially the accompanying booklet.)
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