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
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total)
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total). He saw an alto sax on my neck and said: Hey, how about you there, would you like to play something for us? I played a piece with the piano. OK, said Lee, how about you play something unaccompanied? Oh yeah! I was deep into transcribing Sonny Stitt and pretty much into playing as fast as possible as many right notes as possible. So I played Oleo in about 300 beats per minute and was very proud of myself. Lee was tapping his foot all the way through. Hmm, he said, that was in time and all that... (I thought - yeah, of course, haha!) and then he said, You've got a lot of quantity, how about quality? It took me 15 years to realize what he meant.