I was talking with friends about vocalist Johnny Hartman and his justifiably esteemed 1962-63 recording with John Coltrane. Dan said: "Very few things send chills up my spine like his entrance on My One and Only Love. Up out of the basement..."
That got me thinking about other phrases that move dazzlingly up and down and out of the basement. The first two are on I Can't Get Started:
Bunny Berigan (The shift between the basement starting about 3:30 and the stratosphere at about 3:50 is dramatic):
Dizzy (phrase at :54):
And, possibly the most extreme register change in a (non avant-garde) jazz recording, Roy Eldridge in After You've Gone (at 2:14)
What ya got for me, cognoscenti?