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The name Dizzy Gillespie conjures up the image of the hip trailblazer in the world of bop jazz and later the synthesis between jazz and the sounds and rhythms of Cuba and Africa. However, this period encapsulated his early yearsbut what happened to him after the 1960’s? The release of Matrix hopes to revive this era in Gillespie’s career.
After the '60s had passed, Gillespie, much like his Bop era contemporaries, was not a man to stand in one place or continue to perform the same songs the same way he did years earlier. The 1970’s saw Gillespie fuse jazz with the contemporary sounds of soul and funk. Check out the groove they are laying down on tracks like “Ding A Ling” and “Diddy Wa Diddy.”
The album is comprised of three previously released Gillespie Records: The Real Thing, Portrait of Jenny, and Giants (Live).
Matrix delves into a long forgotten period in Gillespie’s career and will get your feet tapping and your fingers snapping to this funky collection.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.