Born January 5, 1931, in Kingston, Jamaica, trumpeter Alphonso Son Dizzy" Reece moved to England in 1948 to continue his jazz studies, as his countrymen alto saxophonist Joe Harriott and tenor man Ken Terroade would also do. Following some time in Paris, Reece recorded with Ronnie Scott, Victor Feldman and Tubby Hayes for the Tempo and Savoy labels before making his Blue Note debut in 1958. Reece moved to New York the following year on the recommendation of Miles Davis, and recorded for Alfred Lion for the next three years. Reece was in Paris again in the late '60s, working ...read more
To grasp the art and life's work of trumpeter-composer-philosopher (not necessarily in that order) Alphonso Son Dizzy Reece, a short biographical sketch and recording data, though not thrown completely out the window in terms of relevance, are only relevant insofar as one gets an idea of the artist as a whole. Facts of his birthplace (Kingston, Jamaica, 1931) and relocations to London (1948) and New York (1959) and the collection of recordings for Tempo, Savoy, Blue Note, Prestige, Futura, Beehive and other labels throughout the past fifty years are surely crucial sonic tools that one can use to discover certain ...read more
Dizzy Reece Mosaic Select 11 Mosaic Records
During the '50s and '60s there were any number of minor jazz legends recording actively for such independent labels as Prestige, Riverside, Savoy, and Blue Note. As far as trumpeters go, the names Richard Williams, Blue Mitchell, Carmell Jones , Booker Little, and Dizzy Reece come to mind. In the case of Reece, he might have fared much better with a different moniker. Oddly enough his own individual style owed much less to the bop legacy of that other Dizzy, making any comparisons a moot point. In fact, Reece's ...read more
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