Aggression – Booker Little
Open-ended and forward-thinking, a classic from Booker Little's last live recording.
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- Recording: Eric Dolphy - At The Five Spot, vol. 2
- Recorded on: July 16, 1961
- Label: Prestige (PTLP 7294)
- Concert Key: C minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Trumpet - Booker Little
- Bass Clarinet - Eric Dolphy
- Piano - Mal Waldron
- Bass - Richard Davis
- Drums - Ed Blackwell
On the recording, after the solos the horns improvise together on the vamp before playing the A, B and C sections. The C section is repeated a few more times and "breaks down," becoming rubato and freely interpreted.
The rhythm section from this recording got back together in October of 1986 to perform a tribute to Dolphy and Little, with Terence Blanchard on trumpet and Donald Harrison on reeds. A recording from this performance is the only other definitely known recording of this song.
For more from this Five Spot show, check out Booker's Waltz and Bee Vamp.
April 2, 1938 – October 5, 1961
A tragic loss to the world of jazz at age 23! Hearing is certainly believing: in Booker's short life, he still was able to leave us with recordings and compositions that are guaranteed to astonish and captivate. His effortless-sounding virtuosity ranks him as one of the greatest trumpet players. He was also a gifted composer, who obviously took composing very seriously, as his recording output shows. Booker began on trumpet when he was 12 and played with Johnny Griffin and the MJT + 3 while attending the Chicago Conservatory. He worked with Max Roach (1958-1959) and then freelanced in New York. He recorded with Roach and Abbey Lincoln, was on John Coltrane's Africa/Brass album, and was well-documented during a July 1961 gig at the Five Spot with Eric Dolphy. Booker Little led four sessions before his tragic early death. Read more...