But Not For Me – early 1960s

Roy Eldridge

A muted Eldridge plays a tasteful solo

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Roy Eldridge (1911-89) was one of the giants of the trumpet, emerging in 1935 and playing in his prime until he had to stop performing in the late 1970s.

Always a competitive and combative player, Eldridge could blow the roof off of most venues, but on this particular performance from the early 1960s, he is using a harmon mute and plays with a bit of restraint; still, he cannot resist building up to some fiery high notes.

Eldridge is accompanied by pianist Oscar Peterson, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Ed Thigpen.

-Scott Yanow


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