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Booker Little

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Opening Statement
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Minor Sweet
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Bee Tee's Minor Plea
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Life's A Little Blue
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The Grand Valise
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Who Can I Turn To
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Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 35:22

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Glorious

thirdpol

One of the best records by a trumpeter, one of the best records period, from that great period of jazz playing and composition in the late fifties and early sixties. The most haunting and declamatory trumpet sound you can imagine, like Clifford Brown's as all the books say, but allied with a great compositional gift that has never been properly recognised. A much better writer than Miles, had he lived beyond 23 he would have become one of the most important figures in the music. Don't think twice, download and then go for Out Front and his recordings with George Coleman.

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Utterly Beautiful

thirdpol

Of all the brilliant young musicians who died young in the 1950s and early 1960s, Booker Little now seems the greatest loss. A magnificent trumpeter, with a ringing and distinctive tone, he was also a fine composer and would have made profound contributions to music had he lived beyond the age of 23. This album (along with Out Front and his recordings with George Coleman, all available on emusic) is unforgettable. It also has the bassist Scott LaFaro at his best. Two young geniuses soon to be gone. Little could have been better than Miles Davis.

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Trumpeter Booker Little’s second session as a leader (there would only be four) is a quartet outing (with either Wynton Kelly or Tommy Flanagan on piano, bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Roy Haynes) that puts the emphasis on relaxed tempoes. Little’s immediately recognizable melancholy sound and lyrical style are heard in top form on “Who Can I Turn To” and five of his originals, some of which deserve to be revived. His jazz waltz “The Grand Valse” (inspired by Sonny Rollins’ “Valse Hot”) is a highpoint of this set which has been reissued by Bainbridge/Time on CD. – Scott Yanow