Career: 1937-1992

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Any two-disc collection -- no matter how well-intentioned, as this one most certainly is -- that aims to cover a career 53 years long is going to be full of holes. That said, Shout Factory's handsomely packaged label-crossing Career: 1937-1992 tries hard. Beginning with Gillespie's tenure in the NBC Orchestra led by Teddy Hill, Diz can be heard alongside Dicky Wells, Russell Procope, and Howard Johnson tearing it up on "King Porter Stomp." Also from the early years are tracks that mark Diz's tenure with Cab Calloway and Billy Eckstine -- "Pickin' the Cabbage" and "Opus X," respectively. On disc one, the years 1945-1949 are particularly well represented -- there are a few ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Any two-disc collection -- no matter how well-intentioned, as this one most certainly is -- that aims to cover a career 53 years long is going to be full of holes. That said, Shout Factory's handsomely packaged label-crossing Career: 1937-1992 tries hard. Beginning with Gillespie's tenure in the NBC Orchestra led by Teddy Hill, Diz can be heard alongside Dicky Wells, Russell Procope, and Howard Johnson tearing it up on "King Porter Stomp." Also from the early years are tracks that mark Diz's tenure with Cab Calloway and Billy Eckstine -- "Pickin' the Cabbage" and "Opus X," respectively. On disc one, the years 1945-1949 are particularly well represented -- there are a few cuts from just before Charlie Parker and Gillespie teamed up, and their time together is well considered here. There is also a version of "Birk's Works," from 1951 in Detroit, that stars a young John Coltrane alongside Kenny Burrell, Milt Jackson, and Percy Heath on Diz's own Dee Gee label. Disc two begins with a track from Jazz at Massey Hall and moves through the Diz and Getz set into the Modern Jazz Sextet with John Lewis, Sonny Stitt, Charlie Persip, Skeeter Best, and Percy Heath. Gillespie's big bands of the late '50s are documented here, from Dizzy Gillespie at Newport and The Big Band Sound of Dizzy Gillespie, as are his fine quintets from the early '60s that starred Lalo Schifrin on piano. In addition, the Machito reunion from 1975 -- conducted by Chico O'Farrill -- and dates with Arturo Sandoval are here, as well as a track from Gillespie's final offering, To Bird With Love. Sure, there is plenty to argue with here, about what is not included as well as what is. But with the fine digipack box, great notes by Neil Tesser, and a price that's mighty attractive, this is a fine little intro to Diz's legend.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663085020
  • Catalog Number: 30850
  • Sales rank: 201,043

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 King Porter Stomp - Teddy Hill (3:06)
  2. 2 Pickin' the Cabbage (2:46)
  3. 3 Opus X - Billy Eckstine (2:39)
  4. 4 I Can't Get Started (3:05)
  5. 5 Good Bait (3:00)
  6. 6 Blue 'N' Boogie (2:59)
  7. 7 Groovin' High (2:44)
  8. 8 All the Things You Are (2:50)
  9. 9 Dizzy Atmosphere (2:49)
  10. 10 Oop-Bop-Sh'bam (3:02)
  11. 11 Things to Come (2:46)
  12. 12 Two Bass Hit (2:48)
  13. 13 Cubana Be/Cubana Bop (5:59)
  14. 14 Manteca (3:08)
  15. 15 Jump Did-Le-Ba (2:29)
  16. 16 Hey Pete! Let's Eat Mo' Meat! (3:02)
  17. 17 Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (3:05)
  18. 18 Bloomdido - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:25)
  19. 19 Birk's Works (3:06)
  20. 20 I've Found a New Baby (9:15)
  21. 21 Salt Peanuts (7:33)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Perdido (7:50)
  2. 2 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (6:38)
  3. 3 Mean to Me (6:34)
  4. 4 Cool Breeze (9:59)
  5. 5 I Remember Clifford (4:14)
  6. 6 A Night in Tunisia (6:45)
  7. 7 Chega de Saudade (No More Blues) (6:01)
  8. 8 Woody 'N' You (4:41)
  9. 9 Exuberante (5:53)
  10. 10 Wheatleigh Hall (8:14)
  11. 11 Bebop (11:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Lalo Schifrin Piano
Machito Maracas, Claves
Gene Ammons Tenor Saxophone
Benny Bailey Trumpet
Danny Barker Guitar
Louie Bellson Drums
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Cab Calloway Vocals
Joe Carroll Vocals
Jorge Dalto Electric Piano
Kenny Dorham Trumpet
Billy Eckstine Leader, Vocals
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Gil Fuller Vocals
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone
Dexter Gordon Tenor Saxophone
Al Grey Trombone
Al Haig Piano, Vibes
Antonio Hart Alto Saxophone
Ernie Henry Alto Saxophone
Milt Jackson Vibes
Wynton Kelly Piano
John Lewis Piano
Melba Liston Trombone
Shelly Manne Drums
Charles Mingus Bass, Double Bass
Leo Parker Baritone Saxophone
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
Oscar Peterson Piano
Oscar Pettiford Bass, Double Bass
Bud Powell Piano
Buddy Rich Drums
Max Roach Drums
Arturo Sandoval Trumpet
Slam Stewart Bass, Double Bass
Sonny Stitt Alto Saxophone
Leo Wright Flute, Alto Saxophone
Dave Burns Trumpet
Cozy Cole Drums
Willie Cook Trumpet
Tyree Glenn Trombone, Vibes
Tommy Potter Bass
Chuck Wayne Guitar
Danilo Pérez Piano
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Barry Morrow Trombone
Chano Pozo Bongos, Conga, Vocals
Chuck Connors Trombone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Trummy Young Trombone
Al McKibbon Bass
Percy Heath Bass, Double Bass
Willie Ruff Bass
Yusef Lateef Tenor Saxophone
Lewis Nash Drums
Ray Abrams Tenor Saxophone
Sam Allen Piano
Taswell Baird Trombone
Mario Bauzá Clarinet, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone
Bill Beason Drums
Clifton Best Guitar
Jerry Blake Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Art Blakey Drums
Willie Bobo Conga
Gail Brockman Trumpet
Ray Brown Bass, Double Bass
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Candido Camero Conga
Kenny Clarke Drums
Rudy Collins Drums
Shad Collins Trumpet
John Coltrane Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Leon Comegys Trombone
Bob Cunningham Bass
Talib Dawud Trumpet
Bill Dillard Trumpet
Manny Duran Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Andy Duryea Trombone
Kansas Fields Drums
Bill Frazier Alto Saxophone
Joe Gayles Tenor Saxophone
Al Gibson Baritone Saxophone
Benny Golson Tenor Saxophone
Paul Gonzalez Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Charles "Majeed" Greenlee Trombone
Mario Grillo Bongos, cowbell
Benny Harris Trumpet
Joe Harris Drums
Clyde Hart Piano
Teddy Hill Tenor Saxophone
Milt Hinton Bass
Sam Hurt Trombone
Jack Jeffers Trombone
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Keg Johnson Trombone
Clifford Jordan Tenor Saxophone
Lewis Kahn Trombone
Ted Kelly Trombone
Irv Kluger Drums
Chuck Lampkin Drums
Esko Linnavalli Piano
Warren Luckey Tenor Saxophone
John Lynch Trumpet
John Malachi Piano
Shorty McConnell Trumpet
Thelonious Monk Piano
George Mraz Bass, Double Bass
George Nicholas Tenor Saxophone
Chico O'Farrill Conductor
Frank Paparelli Piano
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone
Benny Payne Piano
Victor Paz Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Papo Pepin Conga
Charlie Persip Drums
Mario Rivera Alto Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Mickey Roker Drums
Esko Rosnell Drums
Curly Russell Bass
Sarah Vaughan Vocals
Pekka Sarmanto Bass
Mauricio Smith Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Teddy Stewart Drums
Jesse Tarrant Trombone
Walter Thomas Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Valentine Trombone
Connie Wainwright Guitar
Carl Warwick Trumpet
Dicky Wells Trombone
Elmon Wright Trumpet
Chris White Bass
Dana McCurdy Synthesizer
Johnny Jackson Alto Saxophone
Bill Shepherd Singers Trombone
Carlos Castillo Bass
Howard H. Scott Trombone
Dwike Mitchell Piano
Ermet Perry Trumpet
Pee Wee Moore Trombone, Baritone Saxophone
Raymond Orr Trumpet
Lammar Wright Jr. Trumpet
Remo Palmieri Guitar
Lamar Wright Trumpet
Murray Shipinski Bass
Matthew McKay Trumpet
Leslie Yahonikan Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Gordon Thomas Trombone
Ray Connor Bass Trombone
John "BJ John" Smith Guitar
John Collins Guitar
John Richard Lewis Piano
Frank "Machito" Grillo Maracas, Claves
Paul E. West Bass
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Tadd Dameron Composer
Billy Eckstine Composer
Gil Fuller Arranger, Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
John Lewis Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Lester Young Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Chano Pozo Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Kenny Clarke Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Benny Golson Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
John Malachi Composer
Chico O'Farrill Arranger, Composer
Jack Palmer Composer
Frank Paparelli Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Juan Tizol Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Neil Tesser Liner Notes
Tom Recchion Art Direction
Lynn Peterson Composer
Buster Harding Composer
H.J. Lengsfelder Composer
Buddy Feyne Composer
John Richard Lewis Arranger
John Roberts Artwork
Jeff Palo Producer
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