Booker Little – Booker Little And Friend (1961/2014) [PrestoClassical FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Booker Little – Booker Little And Friend (1961/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 42:00 minutes | 756 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Digital Booklet | © Bethlehem Records

Booker Little, Jr. was an American jazz trumpeter and composer. He appeared on a number of recordings, both as side-man and as leader. Little was closely associated with Max Roach, but also performed with John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy and was strongly influenced by Sonny Rollins and Clifford Brown. This was Booker Little’s last album, recorded shortly before his premature death at the age of 23.

It was his fourth session as a bandleader and spotlighted not only his mastery of the trumpet but his maturity as a composer and arranger. Included in Little’s sextet is George Coleman on tenor saxophone and Pete La Roca on drums. A fitting legacy and reminder of what might have been. This album has also been released under the title Victory And Sorrow.

However, Booker Little is generally the top soloist on the harmonically advanced hard bop date and he is in peak form throughout although he would pass away on October 5 of that year. Of his six originals, ‘Molotone Music’ and ‘Victory and Sorrow’ are most memorable even if Little’s beautiful playing on a quartet version of the date’s one standard, ‘If I Should Lose You’, is actually the highpoint.

01 – Victory And Sorrow
02 – Forward Flight
03 – Looking Ahead
04 – If I Should Lose You
05 – Calling Softly
06 – Booker’s Blues
07 – Matilde

Produced by Teddy Charles. Transfer Engineers: Alex Nappi, Dana Pedersen.
Recorded in 1961. Remastered by John Sigmon at Frankford Wayne Mastering Labs N.Y.



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