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Night in Tunisia: The Very Best of Dizzy Gillespie
     

A Night in Tunisia: The Very Best of Dizzy Gillespie

by Dizzy Gillespie
 
Many arguments can be made as to which cuts constitute the "very best" of Dizzy Gillespie. These 14 cuts can certainly be argued for in making a solid case for the great trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. These tracks, all of which were cut for RCA between February of 1946 and July of 1949, still sound vital and progressive in the 21st century. The set kicks off

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Many arguments can be made as to which cuts constitute the "very best" of Dizzy Gillespie. These 14 cuts can certainly be argued for in making a solid case for the great trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. These tracks, all of which were cut for RCA between February of 1946 and July of 1949, still sound vital and progressive in the 21st century. The set kicks off with the title tune, featuring Diz with Don Byas, Milt Jackson, Al Haig, Ray Brown, J.C. Heard, and Bill DeArango. Clocking in at just over three minutes, the advanced harmonics and rhythmic invention is still startling. Thelonious Monk's "52nd Street Theme" and the Charlie Parker/Diz "Anthropology" are also included from this session. Check out DeArango's guitar solo on this last cut; it's blazing yet fluid and deeply bluesy. There are many big-band sides on this platter as well. There are three from an August 1947 session that feature James Moody, Cecil Payne, John Lewis, Jackson, Brown, and one, "Stay on It," arranged by Tadd Dameron, the cut's composer. "Two Bass Hit" is another excellent selection from this session. The big band changed a bit in December of 1947 when Al McKibbon, Chano Pozo, and Kenny Clarke entered the ranks -- check the cut "Algo Bueno (Woody 'n You)" for the new rhythmic intensity this band displayed. From the same session listeners also get "Oop-Pop-A-Da," with Kenny Hagood and Diz sharing scat vocals to add not only something humorous but also innovative to the mix (the pair appear on another tune from a later session -- eight days later to be exact -- entitled "Ool-Ya-Koo"). "Cubana Bop" -- with killer chanting from Pozo -- and "Cubana Be" (both arranged by George Russell) are also included. "Guarachi Guaro," a Diz tune with Gerald Wilson arranging (Sabú Martínez plays congas with Joe Harris, Ernie Henry appears on alto, and Budd Johnson plays tenor), comes from December of 1948. The final tune is a bona fide jazz classic updated for the bop era. Lester Young's "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid" was recorded in July of 1949 and features Yusef Lateef, Charles Greenlea, Al Gibson, and conguero Vince Guerra. So while it can be argued to the death about what the very best of Dizzy Gillespie actually is, there is no debate concerning the sheer excellence of these tracks and how they represented a small but important slice of Gillespie's development as both a student of and innovator in jazz. The Legacy issue also gets high marks for fine sound throughout.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2006
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828768486627
catalogNumber:
84866

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Performance Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Benny Bailey   Trumpet
Haig   Piano
Ernie Henry   Alto Saxophone
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
John Lewis   Piano
James Moody   Tenor Saxophone
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Bill DeArango   Guitar
Big Nick Nicholas   Tenor Saxophone
Chano Pozo   Bongos,Conga
McKibbon   Bass
Yusef Lateef   Tenor Saxophone
Taswell Baird   Trombone
Ray Brown   Bass,Upright Bass
John Brown   Alto Saxophone
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Clarke   Drums
John Collins   Guitar
Andy Duryea   Trombone
James Mtume   Piano
Joe Gayles   Tenor Saxophone
Kenny "Pancho" Hagood   Vocals
Joe Harris   Conga,Drums
J.C. Heard   Drums
Sam Hurt   Trombone
Ted Kelly   Trombone
Sabu Martinez   Bongos
William Shepherd   Trombone
Teddy Stewart   Drums
Jesse Tarrant   Trombone
Elmon Wright   Trumpet
Raymond Orr   Trumpet
Lammar Wright   Trumpet
Charles Greenlea   Trombone
Matthew McKay   Trumpet
John Richard Lewis   Piano
Howard Glover "Johnny" Johnson   Alto Saxophone
James Moody Sextet   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Composer
Gil Fuller   Arranger,Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Gerald Wilson   Arranger
Lester Young   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
George Russell   Arranger
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Babs Brown   Composer

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