Rarest Papa Jo Jones at JATP
This is an incredibly rare and musically astounding Jazz at the Philharmonic show, recorded live in absolutely superb fidelity, in Stockholm on April 28, 1957. The principals--Roy Eldridge, Stuff Smith, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, the one and only "Papa"Jo Jones, and Ella Fitzgerald (backed by Don Abeny, Ray Brown and Papa Jo)--are all incredible. Truth be told, in terms of playing and actual audio fidelity, this is the best I've ever heard Roy, Ella and Papa Jo. And yes, Jo takes a rare and fabulous extended outing. Stuff Smith? What can you say? Eldridge plays "Undecided," "Embraceable You," sings and plays "School Days," "Lester Leaps In" featuring Jo on drums, and is joined by Smith on fiddle on "Moonlight in Vermont" and "Bugle Call Rag." Songs on the full-length Fitzgerald set are "You've Got Me Singing the Blues," "Angel Eyes," "Lullaby of Birdland," "Tenderly," "April in Paris," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Love for Sale" and a finale of "It Don't Mean a Thing." I've heard mostly all the released--and a few unreleased--JATP shows through the years. This is one of the best. And audio-wise, you would think you were there. Announcements by Norman Granz. Almost 75 minutes of rare and marvelous music.

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