Dizzy Retrospective

A Dizzy Retrospective

by Dizzy Gillespie
     
 
In the mid-'40s, bebop was what free jazz would be in the '60s and fusion would be in the '70s -- cutting-edge and controversial. Many swing fans of the 1940s had a hard time comprehending bop, but thankfully, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie "Bird" Parker didn't let that discourage them from forging ahead. Gillespie's revolutionary recordings of 1945 and 1946 are the main

Overview

In the mid-'40s, bebop was what free jazz would be in the '60s and fusion would be in the '70s -- cutting-edge and controversial. Many swing fans of the 1940s had a hard time comprehending bop, but thankfully, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie "Bird" Parker didn't let that discourage them from forging ahead. Gillespie's revolutionary recordings of 1945 and 1946 are the main focus of this collection, which Cleopatra assembled for its Golden Lane label in 2000. Anthology boasts some of the trumpeter's definitive recordings from that period, including "Groovin' High," "Hot House," "All the Things You Are," and "Blue 'N Boogie." Some of those gems feature Bird on alto sax, and Gillespie is also in the company of such heavyweights as drummer Kenny Clarke and the unique bassist Slam Stewart. After providing 11 recordings from 1945-1946, Anthology shifts gears and offers six bonus tracks that were probably recorded during the 1960s. All of them are live recordings, and that includes rewarding (if less than essential) performances of "Lorraine," Lalo Schifrin's "Long, Long Summer," and Jobim's "Desafinado." Unfortunately, Golden Lane/Cleopatra doesn't have exact recording dates or personnel for the live material. Anthology is far from the last word on Gillespie in 1945 and 1946; essential treasures like "A Night in Tunisia" and "Anthropology" are missing. Nonetheless, this 17-track CD is generally excellent, and it is among the collections that novices can start out with if they're exploring Gillespie's early work for the first time.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2000
Label:
Cleopatra
UPC:
0741157084023
catalogNumber:
840

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Gil Fuller   Vocals
Dexter Gordon   Tenor Saxophone
Haig   Piano
Milt Jackson   Piano,Vibes
John Lewis   Piano
Shelly Manne   Drums
James Moody   Trumpet
Slam Stewart   Bass
Dave Burns   Trumpet
Chuck Wayne   Guitar
Ray Abrams   Saxophone
Taswell Baird   Trombone
Ray Brown   Bass
Scoops Carey   Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Leon Comegys   Trombone
Charles "Majeed" Greenlee   Trombone
Joe Harris   Drums
Clyde Hart   Piano
Warren Luckey   Saxophone
John Lynch   Trumpet
Alton Moore   Trombone
Frank Paparelli   Piano
Charlie Parker   Alto
Curly Russell   Bass
Elmon Wright   Trumpet
Pee Wee Moore   Saxophone
Raymond Orr   Trumpet
Remo Palmieri   Guitar
Murray Shipinski   Bass
Matthew McKay   Trumpet
Alice Roberts   Vocals
Gordon Thomas   Trombone
Howard E. Johnson   Saxophone
John Brown   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Gil Fuller   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Babs Gonzales   Composer
Ray Brown   Composer
Walter Fuller   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Jay Roberts   Composer
Athan Maroulis   Liner Notes,Art Direction
Newton Mendonça   Composer
Boris Claudio Schifrin   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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