Ice Freezes Red – Tadd Dameron & Fats Navarro
A bebop classic! This line over the changes of (Back Home Again In) Indiana comes from one of the definitive recordings of Fats Navarro. A transcription of Fats' solo is available.
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- Recording: Fats Navarro - Fats Navarro Quintette
- Recorded on: January 29, 1947
- Label: Savoy (976-A)
- Concert Key: A-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Trumpet - Fats Navarro
- Bari Sax - Leo Parker
- Piano - Tadd Dameron
- Bass - Gene Ramey
- Drums - Denzil Best
A transcription of Fats Navarro's solo is available; click on Solos for more details.
Fats Navarro's session of January 29, 1947, was the first of only two sessions he recorded as the sole leader. Both were for the Savoy label and feature Tadd Dameron on piano. This session was also the only small group session with Fats alongside baritone saxophonist Leo Parker; they also played together in Billy Eckstine's and Illinois Jacquet's big bands. Both Fats Navarro quintet sessions, as well as an octet session co-led by Navarro and arranger Gil Fuller (check out Sonny Stitt's Boppin' A Riff), are among the sessions issued on Mosaic's box set "Classic Savoy Bebop Sessions 1945-49."
Our transcription shows detailed articulations for an in-depth look at Fats' technique. His solo is a great example of his style and the harmonic and rhythmic vocabulary of bebop in general. Fats' lines contain a lot of passing tones and enclosures. There are a couple of rhythmic figures that he uses to begin several phrases. One starts with a quarter note on beat 3 followed by two eighth notes, which he uses in both solo fills on the head as well as the fifth measure of B in his first solo chorus. The other related figure starts on the downbeat with two quarter notes, two eighth notes, an eighth rest and one more eighth note, ascending a scale; he uses this at the beginning of both C and D in his first solo chorus and a variation at the beginning of the second chorus. Some of Fats' lines in the head chorus are very similar to those in his first solo chorus (second half of B and second half of D); check out how they begin the same but end up in a different place.
February 21, 1917 – March 8, 1965
A giant of the bebop era, Dameron had a wonderful melodic and harmonic imagination which he brought to compositions and arrangements for both small and big bands. Writing first for Harlan Leonard, Jimmy Lunceford, Count Basie and Billy Eckstine, in the late '40s Dameron started composing and arranging for Dizzy Gillespie's big band. He also recorded his own superb sextet for Blue Note Records in 1947 which featured trumpet great Fats Navarro. Read more...
September 24, 1923 – July 7, 1950
Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest trumpeters of all time, Theodore "Fats" Navarro had a brief life but his influence cannot be overstated. His brawny, fat sound was the main inspiration for Clifford Brown, and through Clifford, Fats' unique style continues to inspire new trumpeters every day. Read more...