Bebop Professor

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Veteran jazz producer Orrin Keepnews once stated that there are basically two types of jazz: before Charlie Parker and after Charlie Parker. Keepnews wasn't saying that bop, modal post-bop, third stream, and free jazz were identical, or that Dixieland sounded exactly like swing. His point was that in certain respects, Bird changed jazz forever. The bebop revolutionary changed the way jazzmen improvised, and thanks to Bird, jazz became more cerebral and less commercial -- after World War II, jazz no long enjoyed mass appeal except on rare occasions. One of the people who helped Parker lead that bebop revolution was trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, and this collection boasts ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Veteran jazz producer Orrin Keepnews once stated that there are basically two types of jazz: before Charlie Parker and after Charlie Parker. Keepnews wasn't saying that bop, modal post-bop, third stream, and free jazz were identical, or that Dixieland sounded exactly like swing. His point was that in certain respects, Bird changed jazz forever. The bebop revolutionary changed the way jazzmen improvised, and thanks to Bird, jazz became more cerebral and less commercial -- after World War II, jazz no long enjoyed mass appeal except on rare occasions. One of the people who helped Parker lead that bebop revolution was trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, and this collection boasts some of the most important recordings from bop's early years. Many of the classics on Bebop Professor, which spans 1939-1949, are an essential part of any bop collection, including "A Night in Tunisia," "Anthropology," "Good Bait," and Gillespie's 1949 interpretation of Lester Young's "Jumpin' With Symphony Sid." This CD also contains a few early examples of what came to be called Latin jazz; in 1947, "Manteca" and "Chano Pozo" both demonstrated that bop and Afro-Cuban music could be a powerful combination. The only track that doesn't fall into the bop category is 1939's "Hot Mallets," which takes listeners back to a time when Gillespie was a sideman in Lionel Hampton's big band and was still playing swing. Bebop Professor isn't the last word on Gillespie's early years; some essential recordings from the '40s are missing, including "Groovin' High" and "Woody 'n You." And for novices, a better, more comprehensive starting point would be RCA's two-CD set The Complete RCA Victor Recordings: 1937-1949. Nonetheless, Bebop Professor does offer an exciting, although not terribly generous, overview of the trumpeter's early period.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2003
  • Label: Tombstone Records
  • EAN: 4988017613795
  • Catalog Number: 38044

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Anthropology - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (2:39)
  2. 2 52nd Street Theme - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (3:05)
  3. 3 Overtime - The Metronome All-Stars (3:08)
  4. 4 Manteca - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (3:07)
  5. 5 Hot Mallets - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra (2:17)
  6. 6 Two Bass Hit - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (2:49)
  7. 7 Cubana Be, Cubana Bop - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (6:04)
  8. 8 Ol' Man Rebop - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (2:45)
  9. 9 Good Bait - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (2:47)
  10. 10 Jump Di-Le-Ba - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (2:29)
  11. 11 Jumpin' With Symphony Sid - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (3:04)
  12. 12 Dizzier and Dizzier (aka Katy) - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (3:07)
  13. 13 A Night in Tunisia - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (3:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals, Soloist
Billy Bauer Guitar
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Joe Carroll Vocals
Miles Davis Trumpet
Al Haig Piano, Soloist
Lionel Hampton Vibes, Soloist
Milt Jackson Vibes, Soloist
Shelly Manne Drums
Fats Navarro Trumpet
Lennie Tristano Piano
Charlie Ventura Tenor Saxophone
Bill DeArango Guitar, Soloist
Big Nick Nicholas Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Chano Pozo Conga, Vocals
Eddie Safranski Bass
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Ray Brown Bass
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Caceres Baritone Saxophone
Andy Duryea Trombone
Joe Gayles Tenor Saxophone
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Ted Kelly Trombone
Kai Winding Trombone
Charlie Parker & his Orchestra Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Tadd Dameron Arranger, Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Gil Fuller Arranger, Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
John Lewis Composer
James Moody Contributor
Gerald Wilson Arranger
Lester Young Composer
Pete Rugolo Arranger
Chano Pozo Composer
Kenny Clarke Contributor
George Russell Composer
Frank Paparelli Composer
Ben Young Reissue Producer
Andreas Meyer Mastering
Floyd Wilson Composer
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