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Bird Songs: The Final Recordings

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
With this CD, Telarc squeezes another package out of a month-long salute to the jazz master's 75th birthday at New York's Blue Note jazz club, advertising them as Dizzy Gillespie's last recordings they're not. What it is, is a mixed blessing, an obviously heartfelt tribute to an aging legend by several of his disciples, conservative to a fault in its adherence to the basic bop language that Dizzy and the album's co-honoree Charlie Parker helped invent. Dizzy's solos are like fallen swans; the chops simply weren't there anymore to execute his still-potent ideas, and reviewers in Dizzy's final years found his decline painful to report many pretended not to notice. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
With this CD, Telarc squeezes another package out of a month-long salute to the jazz master's 75th birthday at New York's Blue Note jazz club, advertising them as Dizzy Gillespie's last recordings they're not. What it is, is a mixed blessing, an obviously heartfelt tribute to an aging legend by several of his disciples, conservative to a fault in its adherence to the basic bop language that Dizzy and the album's co-honoree Charlie Parker helped invent. Dizzy's solos are like fallen swans; the chops simply weren't there anymore to execute his still-potent ideas, and reviewers in Dizzy's final years found his decline painful to report many pretended not to notice. Otherwise, the excerpts here present a holiday for saxophones, with Benny Golson, David Sanchez, Clifford Jordan, Antonio Hart, Paquito D'Rivera and Jackie McLean taking turns on the front line, backed by the workmanlike trio of Danilo Perez on piano, George Mraz on bass and Lewis Nash or Kenny Washington on drums. Easily the best of the sax encounters is "Ornithology," where a speeding McLean and relatively relaxed D'Rivera engage in a high-flying dialogue, and the first part of Bobby McFerrin's vocal solo is so uncannily like late-period Dizzy that one is fooled. This album and its companions might have worked better as videos, where one could still bask in Dizzy's live presence and thus experience the atmosphere of this celebration more fully.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/1997
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408342127
  • Catalog Number: 83421
  • Sales rank: 200,033

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ornithology (15:31)
  2. 2 Con Alma (9:20)
  3. 3 Confirmation (10:41)
  4. 4 A Night in Tunisia (21:46)
  5. 5 The Diamond Jubilee Blues (4:14)
  6. 6 Theme (1:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Primary Artist, Trumpet
Paquito d'Rivera Alto Saxophone
Antonio Hart Alto Saxophone
Bobby McFerrin Vocals
Danilo Pérez Piano
Kenny Washington Drums
Lewis Nash Drums
Benny Golson Tenor Saxophone
Clifford Jordan Tenor Saxophone
Jackie McLean Alto Saxophone
George Mraz Bass
David Sanchez Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Michael Bishop Engineer
Charles Fishman Producer
Benny Harris Composer
Frank Paparelli Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Jack Renner Engineer
John Snyder Producer
Donald Elfman Liner Notes
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