Most of these players can be explored, miraculously, on YouTube—here’s Fats Navarro (1923–50, yet another distressingly short life):
God, I wish I could do all that…
It’s gratifying that Anthropology is not only one dry textual approach to bebop, but (thanks to Charlie Parker) a real living piece:
Casbah, again with Tadd Dameron, and Rae Pearl (Harrison) singing:
And savour Guilty, a rare male-voice ballad featuring Earl Coleman:
From his last gig, with Bird on 30th June 1950—a week before Fats died:
The treasures of YouTube are inexhaustible, but as a change, the 4-CD set The Fats Navarro story is instructively annotated, like other gems in the Proper Records series—and it ends with two further searing tracks from that last session.