Under The Influence: Fats Navarro - "Prime Source"

Under The Influence: Fats Navarro - "Prime Source"

While Fats Navarro didn't leave us a large body of work to appreciate, his true lasting legacy is the influence he had on the trumpeters that would come after him in the '50s and '60s. It would not be incorrect to say that as far as the jazz trumpet style and sound we know and love, all roads lead back to Fats Navarro. The double-LP Prime Source focuses on what is generally considered his finest period - the years 1947 to 1949 - when he worked with Tadd Dameron and Bud Powell, as well as in a group he co-led with his close friend and mentor Howard McGhee.

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Heavenly Hard Bop: Milt Jackson & Frank Wess - "Opus De Jazz"

Heavenly Hard Bop: Milt Jackson & Frank Wess - "Opus De Jazz"

Opus De Jazz is an "all-star" session from the 1950s that brought together a talented group of like-minded musicians who could lay down some outstanding hard bop. Milt Jackson is, as always, a delight to behold, but the real revelation here is the strong showing by Frank Wess.

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