Roy Eldridge – The Nifty Cat (Full Album)

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
One of only two Eldridge-led studio sessions from the 1961-1974 period, this CD reissue of a set originally recorded for Master Jazz matches the great swing trumpeter with Budd Johnson (who doubles on tenor and soprano), trombonist Benny Morton, pianist Nat Pierce, bassist Tommy Bryant, and drummer Oliver Jackson. All six of the jump tunes are by Eldridge with “5400 North” and “Ball of Fire” being the best-known. For this album, the veteran trumpeter had a very rare opportunity to call his own shots on a recording date, and the generally inspired playing makes this CD a fine example of small-group swing from the early ’70s (

Track listing:

1 Jolly Hollis 9:48
2 Cotton 4:48
3 5400 North 6:03
4 Ball Of Fire 3:59
5 Wineola 7:50
6 The Nifty Cat 6:54

Tommy Bryant – bass
Oliver Jackson – drums
Nat Pierce – piano
Budd Johnson – tenor & soprano saxophone
Benny Morton – trombone
Roy Eldridge – trumpet

Label: Master Jazz Recordings ‎– MJR 8110
November 24, 1970; NYC