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  • Audio CD (29 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Poll Winners
  • ASIN: B0038AN1XM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The complete original album Urbane Jazz (Verve MGV8212, tracks 1-10), as well as all of the other tunes taped during those sessions. While the main focus here is on the quintet fronted by Eldridge and Carter, four tracks present Eldridge playing amazing duets with drummer Alvin Stoller (the trumpeter also plays piano on Wailing ). The only two tracks featuring Eldridge from the soundtrack of the French movie Les Tricheurs have been added as a bonus (on one track Roy shares the front line with Stan Getz in a sextet).

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By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Recorded over the course of a number of sessions (1955/1958) this CD is one truly entertaining and incredibly consistent serving of straight -ahead jazz.

Roy Eldridge on trumpet, true to his fashion is a player who never lets up- inventive, fizzing with energy and blessed with a sort of rasping tone that puts me in mind of Louis Armstrong on occasion, is a positive joy. Have a listen to 'Phil's Tune', here he gets bluesy in way that harks back to New Orleans; melodic and sensitive but with a degree of muscularity lurking in the background.

Benny Carter on alto inspires with his warm tone and ability to incorporate interesting phrases into his melodies, especially at slow tempo. The 'Ballad Medley' is particularly a case in point, where his playing is as well considered as it is brilliantly executed and represents one of the many highlights of this set. Or try 'Polite Blues'. Here Benny's sinuous playing gets to the spirit of the medium without recourse to cliché or mindless blowing; he simply plays what is required whilst also adding a little Carter magic along the way.

Anyone can enjoy this album - the level of musicianship and inspiration is so very high and the material very accessible. This is no one off jam session summit but a properly organized musical program that allows room for the soloists to do their stuff without outstaying their welcome. This keeps the listener involved rather then encouraging thoughts of reaching for the shift button on the CD control. People who claim to hate jazz might just admit that there is merit in the music after hearing 'Urbane Jazz'. For the rest of us, this album is a great listen. Even the bonus tracks are excellent.

Highly recommended.
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Roy Eldridge and Benny Carter have collaborated for the first time long ago before these 1950s recordings.... And it actually made me think how both have actually changed (NOT improved, just changerd) between 30s and the 50s (or in Benny's case since 30s and 70s or 90s)... No wonder that liner notes compare Carter to Stan Getz...
These sophisticated players are sophisticated in quite different manner and, in addition to that, both are swinging so strongly...
SUch a rich mainstream jazz offering this CD is (with bonus tracks of Roy playing duo with the hot drums of Alvin Stoller).

This oone might, just might hook you up on jazz if you're not already a fan.... The fans, on other hand, know, what Roy adn Benny can do (and at this occasion they rise to the expectations IMHO)..
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Bravo.
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HASH(0x942181c8) out of 5 stars SO beautiful 11 July 2011
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Roy Eldridge and Benny Carter have collaborated for the first time long ago before these 1950s recordings.... And it actually made me think how both have actually changed (NOT improved, just changerd) between 30s and the 50s (or in Benny's case since 30s and 70s or 90s)... No wonder that liner notes compare Carter to Stan Getz...
These sophisticated players are sophisticated in quite different manner and, in addition to that, both are swinging so strongly...
SUch a rich mainstream jazz offering this CD is (with bonus tracks of Roy playing duo with the hot drums of Alvin Stoller).

This oone might, just might hook you up on jazz if you're not already a fan.... The fans, on other hand, know, what Roy adn Benny can do (and at this occasion they rise to the expectations IMHO)..
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