Booker Little

Booker Little was a prolific trumpeter and composer by any standard, but considering his tragically brief life, his musical achievements are astonishing. A Memphis native, he trained at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, where he impressed Sonny Rollins. This association led to a number of successful recordings with Max Roach in the late 1950s. Little went on to perform on other classic albums, such as John Coltrane’s Africa/Brass and Eric Dolphy’s At the Five Spot.

His trumpet sound was characterized both by undeniable technical facility and a dark tone that reflects the bittersweet nature of his life. But it is as a composer that Little left his real mark. Despite fluency in the language of Be-Bop, his own albums display a progressive slant toward composition -- albums such as Out Front are distinguished by dense, dissonant harmonies; tempo and meter shifts; and extended forms that give equal attention to composed and improvised sections.

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Albums

Complete Recordings
Complete Recordings
Lone Hill Jazz
2005
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New York Sessions
Lone Hill Jazz
2004
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Booker Little
Lone Hill Jazz
2003
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Milestones
Lone Hill Jazz
1983
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The Legendary Quartet...
Lone Hill Jazz
1976
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Booker Little 4 & Max...
Lone Hill Jazz
1970
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Videos

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