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Booker Little

Alyn Shipton is joined by Tom Perchard to select the highlights from the recordings of pioneering trumpeter Booker Little, who died in 1961 aged 23.

Alyn Shipton is joined by Tom Perchard to select the highlights from trumpeter Booker Little's recorded catalogue. Before his death in 1961 aged 23, Little was seen as one of the brightest hopes of jazz in the 1950s, forging a new compositional and playing style that offered a way forward from bebop that was strikingly original.

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Sun 13 Dec 2009 00:00


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  • Booker Little 4 and Max Roach

    Jewel's Tempo

    Composer: Little Performers: Booker Little (trumpet), George Coleman (tenor saxophone), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Art Davis (bass), Max Roach (drums). October 1958. Nola Studios, NYC

    • Booker Little 4 and Max Roach.
    • Blue Note.
    • CDP 7844572, Tr 5.
  • Booker Little

    Minor Sweet

    Composer: Brent Performers: Booker Little (trumpet), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Scott LaFaro (bass), Roy Haynes (drums). April 1960. NYC

    • In New York.
    • Jazz View.
    • 013, Tr 2.
  • Booker Little

    Hazy Blues

    Composer: Little Performers: Booker Little (trumpet), Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, flute, bass clarinet), Julian Priester (trombone), Max Roach (percussion), Don Friedman (piano), Ron Carter, Art Davis (bass). New York - March 17/April 4, 1961

    • Out Front.
    • Candid.
    • 79027, Tr 6.
  • Booker Little

    Fire Waltz

    Composer: Waldron Performers: Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone), Booker Little (trumpet), Mal Waldron (piano), Richard Davis (bass), Ed Blackwell (drums). July 16, 1961

    • Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot Vol 1.
    • Prestige.
    • OJCCD 133-2, Tr 1.
  • Eric Dolphy

    Mrs Parker of KC (Bird's Mother)

    Composer: Jaki Byard Performers: Booker Little (trumpet), Eric Dolphy (flute, bass clarinet), Jaki Byard (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Roy Haynes (drums)

    • The Essential Eric Dolphy.
    • Prestige.
    • 60022, Tr 7.
  • Max Roach

    Garvey's Ghost

    Composer: Roach Performers: Booker Little (trumpet), Julian Priester (trombone), Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarine), Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone), Mal Waldron (piano), Art Davis (bass), Max Roach (drums); Abbey Lincoln (vocals). Aug 61

    • Percussion Bitter Sweet.
    • Impulse.
    • 122, Tr 1.
  • Booker Little

    If I Should Lose You

    Composer: Robin/Rainger Performers: Booker Little (trumpet), Don Friedman (piano), Reggie Workman (bass), Pete LaRoca (drums), (Julian Priester (trombone), George Coleman (tenor sax) - do not appear on this track)

    • Booker Little and Friend.
    • JVC Japan.
    • 61453, Tr 4.
  • Dave Douglas

    Forward Flight

    Composer: Little Performers: Dave Douglas (trumpet), Chris Speed (tenor sax, cello), Josh Roseman (trombone), Marty Ehrlich (bass clarinet), Uri Caine (piano), James Genus (bass), Joey Baron (drums). Recorded at Power Station, New York City on December 7, 8, 1994.

    • In Our Lifetime.
    • New World.
    • 80471, Tr 3.