Roy Eldridge – What it’s All About {Pablo} [OJC]

Roy Eldridge – What it’s All About {Pablo} [OJC]

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

What It’s All About is swinging, building up solos to potentially ferocious levels and going for broke. That was always the philosophy that Roy Eldridge followed and, even though it was rather late in his career by the time he recorded this Pablo set, he was still pushing himself.

His septet on the album is full of talented veterans including altoist Norris Turney, Budd Johnson on tenor, pianist Norman Simmons, and (on half of the set) vibraphonist Milt Jackson. The music (three Eldridge originals and two obscurities) features plenty of lengthy and spirited soloing.

01. I Still Love Him So (6:19)
02. The Heat’s On (7:53)
03. That Thing (8:23)
04. Recado Bossa Nova (6:50)
05. Melange (13:10)

Roy Eldridge – trumpet
Budd Johnson – tenor saxophone
Norris Turney – alto saxophone
Norman Simmons – piano
Milt Jackson – vibes (#4-5 only)
Ted Sturgis – bass
Eddie Locke – drums

Produced by Norman Granz
Recorded at RCA Recording Studios, New York City; January 16, 1976
Recording and remix supervision by Eric Miller
Engineer: Bob Simpson
Digital remastering, 1995 – Phil De Lancie (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley)
Art Direction: Phil Carroll
Design: Gilles Margerin
Photography: Phil Stern
Liner notes by Dan Morgenstern

Pablo Records, Tenth and Parker, Berkeley, CA 94710
1976, 1995 – Fantasy, Inc.

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