Charlie Shavers. Why is this man's work not better known? The only other swing trumpet players who could give him a run for his money in all facets of playing were Roy Eldridge and Buck Clayton. If you happened to like the particularities of their sounds, you might rate Harry Edison, Harry James, Cootie Williams or Red Allen as highly. The guy who most followed in his sonic footsteps was Clark Terry, although I have no idea if they knew each other well.
I first heard him many years ago on Lady Day's Verve LP Solitude"- my favorite Lady Day record. Charlie's playing, both open and muted, was beautiful. I don't know why I didn't pursue his discography at that point; it just kind of spun out over time and I have grown to increasingly dig Shaver's facility, creativity and tone.
There's a surprising dearth of info out there about the man. For example, I've seen no references to Charlie's narcolepsy except in this interview with Bobby Shew. In any case, the chronology of his career is out there for you to explore. This posting is just to give a taste.
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