In the mid-1970s, photographer Richard Avedon gave Tharp a copy of an album by jazz musician Roy Eldridge. She revisited this recording in Roy’s Joys, an ensemble work for her modern dance company.
The choreography is rooted in the strong technique of the dancers. A spirit of spontaneity carries over from the Eldridge recordings. Even the unison duets are infused with this easy and carefree energy.
All songs from the album "Roy Eldridge Vol. II - French Cooking"
Vogue Records - 1993
By Roy Eldridge
Une Petite Laitue, I Remember Harlem, L'Isle Adam and Tu disais qu'tu M'aimais
By Roy Eldrdige with Benny Vasseur, Albert Ferreri, William Boucaya, Raumond Fol, Barney Spieler and Robert Barnet
Oh Shut Up! and Hollywood Pastime
By Roy Eldridge with Don Byas, Claude Bolling, Guy de fatto and Armand Molinetti