Fats Navarro: Nostalgia




Fats Navarro (trumpet)


The Fats Navarro Story (Proper Box 11)

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Fats Navarro (trumpet), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Tadd Dameron (piano), Nelson Boyd (bass), Art Blakey (drums).

Composed by Fats Navarro


Recorded: New York, December 5, 1947


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Among bebop's catchiest melodies, "Nostalgia" (based on "Out of Nowhere") includes a thoughtful intro (rare in bop), relaxed tempo (also rare) and tenor/trumpet frontline less astringent than the normal alto/trumpet tandem. Navarro's cup-muted trumpet solo, with quotes from an Irish jig and "Rockin' in Rhythm," shows whence Clifford Brown's joy sprung. Ultimately, "Nostalgia" makes one less nostalgic than angry. It's hard not to be pissed at someone who died at 26 after years of heroin abuse. For those of us who love jazz but have no musical talent, it seems like throwing a gift from God back in His face.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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