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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Pairing Dizzy Gillespie with Cuban arranger/composer Chico O'Farrill produced a stunning session which originally made up the first half of a Norgran LP. O'Farrill conducts an expanded orchestra which combines a jazz band with a Latin rhythm section; among the participants in the four-part "Manteca Suite" are trumpeters Quincy Jones and Ernie Royal, trombonist J.J. Johnson, tenor saxophonists Hank Mobley and Lucky Thompson, and conga player Mongo Santamaria. "Manteca," written during the previous decade, serves as an exciting opening movement, while the next two segments build upon this famous theme, though they are jointly credited to O'Farrill as well. "Rhumba-Finale" is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Pairing Dizzy Gillespie with Cuban arranger/composer Chico O'Farrill produced a stunning session which originally made up the first half of a Norgran LP. O'Farrill conducts an expanded orchestra which combines a jazz band with a Latin rhythm section; among the participants in the four-part "Manteca Suite" are trumpeters Quincy Jones and Ernie Royal, trombonist J.J. Johnson, tenor saxophonists Hank Mobley and Lucky Thompson, and conga player Mongo Santamaria. "Manteca," written during the previous decade, serves as an exciting opening movement, while the next two segments build upon this famous theme, though they are jointly credited to O'Farrill as well. "Rhumba-Finale" is straight-ahead jazz with some delicious solo work by Gillespie. A later small-group session features the trumpeter with an all-Latin rhythm section, and flutist Gilberto Valdes, who is heard on "A Night in Tunisia" and "Caravan." Both of the Latin versions of these pieces are far more interesting than "Con Alma," as the excessive percussion and dull piano accompaniment add little to this normally captivating theme. Long out of print, this 2002 CD reissue will only be available until May 2005; it is well-worth acquiring.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2002
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731451705229
  • Catalog Number: 517052

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Manteca Theme (4:10)
  2. 2 Contraste (2:45)
  3. 3 Jungla (4:44)
  4. 4 Rhumba-Finale (4:43)
  5. 5 A Night in Tunisia (4:19)
  6. 6 Con Alma (5:05)
  7. 7 Caravan (7:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Primary Artist, Trumpet
Quincy Jones Trumpet
Hank Mobley Tenor Saxophone
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Wade Legge Piano
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Danny Bank Baritone Saxophone
Candido Camero Conga
Leon Comegys Trombone
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Lou Hackney Bass
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
J.J. Johnson Trombone
George Matthews Trombone
Rafael Miranda Percussion
Ubaldo Nieto Timbales
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Chico O'Farrill Conductor
Charlie Persip Drums
Mongo SantamarĂ­a Conga
Robert Rodriguez Bass
Alejandro Hernandez Trumpet
Technical Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Norman Granz Liner Notes
Chico O'Farrill Arranger
Frank Paparelli Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
David Stone Martin Original Cover Artwork
Hollis King Art Direction
Bryan Koniarz Producer
Ken Druker Executive Producer
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