Saturday, June 4, 2011

Roy Eldridge, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie - Jazz Maturity

Teaming together Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge should result in some classic music, but by 1975, Eldridge (although still a fierce competitor) was past his prime and Gillespie was starting to fade. The material performed for this CD reissue is just not all that inspiring -- a few overly played standards and blues. Despite some good efforts by Gillespie and Eldridge, pianist Oscar Peterson easily emerges as the most impressive soloist; better to acquire the magnificent collaborations of the 1950s instead. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

The 1970s were a time of renaissance for Roy Eldridge, with jazz festivals and small group recording sessions plentiful. The music produced was in itself a remarkable synthesis of Eldridge's roots and the progressive schools of bop and cool jazz. This crossbreed, modern music has as much to do with the other two musicians headlining this release, Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson. Eldridge's influence on the younger generation is evident on all the solos, especially in the revved trumpeting of Gillespie. Listening to the cool playing on "Take the A Train" and "I Cried For You," one is struck by Eldridge's legacy of speed and high notes. Gillespie and Peterson are just as influential. "Quasi-Boogaloo," a collaborative piece by all three, is chock full of bop-tinged playing and cool chord structures. Roy Eldridge shows himself to be a consummate performer; his adaptations and borrowings make this set a vibrant musical exchange of ideas.- from

Artist: Roy Eldridge, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie
Album: Jazz Maturity
Year: 1975
Label: OJC (Remastered, 1994)
Runtime: 49:31

1.  Quasi-Boogaloo (Roy Eldridge/Dizziy Gillespie/Oscar Peterson) 9:03
2.  Take the A Train (Billy Strayhorn) 8:08
3.  I Cried for You (Now it's Your Turn to Cry Over Me) (Gus Arnheim/Arthur Freed/Abe Lyman) 7:56
4.  Drebirks (Roy Eldridge/Dizziy Gillespie/Oscar Peterson) 11:21
5.  When It's Sleepy Time Down South (Clarence Muse/Leon René/Otis Rene) 6:20
6.  Indiana (James F. Hanley/Ballard MacDonald) 6:40

Roy Eldridge (Trumpet)
Dizzy Gillespie (Trumpet)
Oscar Peterson (Piano)
Ray Brown (Double Bass)
Mickey Roker (Drums )


  1. Thanks for sharing this album. Hearing this is a very nostalgic experience for me!



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