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One of the first re-issues from the recently 60 year old, newly revived, Savoy label is a retrospective of the works of John Birks ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie that span the years from 1945 to 1952. During this pivotal time jazz moved away from the pop swing / big band music of the era into the newer exploratory, artistic style of bop.
This collection offers the wide range of band formations (small group, big band, back-up for a blues singer and some tracks with string accompaniment) in which Gillespie chose to not only to explore, but to reach and convey a message to his audience. No matter in which formation Gillespie perform, this collection provides further evidence (as if needed) that he was a master of his instrument and a vessel of inspired music.
Particular performances of note in this three CD collection include the spirited ‘Salt Peanuts,’ a previously unissued ‘He Beeped When He Should Have Bopped,” and the atmospheric standard “Star Dust.”
This Dizzy retrospective is a wonderful package with extensive liner notes by both Dan Morganstern and Orrin Keepnews that helps to see why this will be a happy 60th birthday celebration for Savoy. A must have collection!
Track Listing: 64 tracks including:
He Beeped When He Should Have Bopped
Things to Come
For Hecklers Only
Boppin the Blues
Interlude in C
They Cant Take That Away from Me
Personnel: Dizzy Gillespie
and many others
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me. If we don't run a review, Alligator Records is going to stop servicing us.
Night Flight opened up a whole new world for me--the blues led me, inevitably, to Basie, who led to Duke, who led to Mingus, who led to Miles, who led to ...