September 19, 2000
Definitive Classics
Jazz, Bop, Trumpet Jazz, Jazz Instrument

Album Review

Howard McGhee was one of the main bebop trumpeters of the mid- to late '40s with Dizzy Gillespie and Fats Navarro. These 20 cuts are the complete master takes, originally made for the Savoy and Dial labels, and retain the vital energy that went along with the initial wave of beboppers. McGhee is heard at the peak of his powers, playing a few standards ("I'm in the Mood for Love," "The Man I Love") and many self-penned titles that provide a behind-the-scenes story of this music ("Dilated Pupils," "High Wind in Hollywood," "Trumpet at Tempo," "Midnight at Minton's," and "Sleepwalker Boogie"). The equally impressive sidemen on this disc include Teddy Edwards and James Moody on tenor saxophone, Jimmy Heath on alto saxophone, pianists Dodo Marmarosa and Hank Jones, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, Ray Brown on bass, and J.C. Heard and Roy Porter on drums.
Al Campbell, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Trumpet at Tempo
  2. Thermodynamics
  3. Dilated Pupils
  4. Midnight at Minton's
  5. Up in Dodo's Room
  6. High Wind in Hollywood
  7. Dorothy
  8. Night Mist
  9. Coolie-Rini
  10. Night Music
  11. Turnip Blood
  12. Surrender
  13. Sleepwalker Boogie
  14. Stop Time Blues
  15. You
  16. Merry Lee
  17. Short Life
  18. The Talk of the Town
  19. Bass C Jam
  20. Down Home
  21. Sweet and Lovely
  22. Fiesta
  23. I'm in the Mood for Love
  24. Belle from Bunnycock
  25. Flip Lip
  26. The Man I Love
  27. The Last Word