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 next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.