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Fats Navarro and his Thin Men

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September 24, 1923 – July 7, 1950

Fats Navarro and his Thin Men


Fats Navarro, trumpet
Leo Parker, baritone sax
Tadd Dameron, piano
Gene Ramey, bass
Denzil Best, drums

Recorded in New York, January 1947.

Fats was one of the SOURCES of trumpet. A musicians with amazing technical ability, he had a big influence on Clifford Brown and thus his approach to the instrument influenced Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, and Woody Shaw and indirectly thousands of jazz trumpeters of the post war era.

Here's what drummer Roy Haynes said about him:

“Fats was a spectacular musician because, in a time when cats arrived on the scene with nothing, he came on with everything...

He could read, he could play high and hold anybody’s first trumpet chair, he could play those singing, melodic solos with a big beautiful sound nobody could believe at the time, and he could fly in fast tempos with staccato, biting notes and execute whatever he wanted with apparently no strain, everything clear.

And every note meant something. You know, there are those kinds of guys who just play a lot of notes, some good, some bad. Fats wasn’t one of those. He made his music be about each note having a place and a reason. And he had so much warmth, so much feeling.

That’s why I said he had everything.” End of quote.

And he was Cuban :-)

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