Chu Berry & Roy Eldridge: Body and Soul


Body and Soul


Chu Berry and His Little Jazz Ensemble


Roy Eldridge: Heckler's Hop (Hep 1030)

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Chu Berry (tenor sax), Roy Eldridge (trumpet), Clyde Hart (piano), Danny Barker (guitar), Artie Shapiro (bass), Sid Catlett (drums).

Composed by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton and Johnny Green


Recorded: New York, Nov. 11, 1938


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

This record exerted a tremendous influence during the late 1930s. Coleman Hawkins may well have learned from Berry's example -- although Hawk's famous tenor solo on the same chord changes eleven months later shows how fast jazz was evolving during these years. But Berry's tenor musings are merely an appetizer for the main course provided by Roy Eldridge. Eldridge upstages the bandleader with a trumpet solo for the ages. A generation of brass players studied this performance, and even saxophonists memorized these licks -- a recording of Charlie Parker from 1940 finds him quoting Eldridge's solo. This landmark recording sums up the previous decade, and looks forward to the next stage in the evolution of the jazz idiom.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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  • 1 James Stevens // Apr 05, 2008 at 08:56 PM
    My mother told me I was born 30years too late(1951)the Jazz of the late 30's thru the late 60's was the meter that all Jazz should be measured against.