Dizzy's World

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
For their second CD, Gillespie's ex-bandmates and devotees team to play more of his famous repertoire. Trumpeter Jon Faddis, in a leader's role, has a sound influenced by Diz, but utilizing more high-end histrionics and fewer smeary lines, although both aspects are present. Chuck Loeb plays guitar on six cuts, saxophonist Don Braden on another seven; James Moody appears on Lalo Schifrin's "Gillespiana Suite," as does Slide Hampton's trombone on three cuts. Rhythm is capably handled by drummer Ignacio Berroa, percussionist Duduka DaFonseca, and bassist John Lee; Mulgrew Miller glues the band together with his ever-brilliant pianistics. Six of Gillespie's compositions ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
For their second CD, Gillespie's ex-bandmates and devotees team to play more of his famous repertoire. Trumpeter Jon Faddis, in a leader's role, has a sound influenced by Diz, but utilizing more high-end histrionics and fewer smeary lines, although both aspects are present. Chuck Loeb plays guitar on six cuts, saxophonist Don Braden on another seven; James Moody appears on Lalo Schifrin's "Gillespiana Suite," as does Slide Hampton's trombone on three cuts. Rhythm is capably handled by drummer Ignacio Berroa, percussionist Duduka DaFonseca, and bassist John Lee; Mulgrew Miller glues the band together with his ever-brilliant pianistics. Six of Gillespie's compositions are taken to heart by the All Stars. "Ungawa" is a hot samba with Braden on soprano, and "Ole" a guitar-led modal flamenco; "Algo Bueno/Woody'n'You" is led by DaFonseca's berimbau and Faddis, time-shifting from staggered funk to 4/4 swing, with Miller ripping it up in the bridge. The more obscure and slick "Winter Samba" sports tenor/trumpet countermelody, while the two tunes co-written by Chano Pozo are the bossa
ock/swing feature for Faddis on "Tin Tin Deo," and the warm montuno of "Guarachi Guaro," with a wonderfully economic solo from Hampton and group vocals urging all onward. There are also two Jobim tunes, the soft, trumpet-led bossa "Black Orpheus" and the unusual take on "Desafinado," where Berroa's rhythm is on one and three instead of two and four, and the horns seem to interrupt instead of falling along bar lines. Three of five movements of Schifrin's "Suite" for Diz are here: "Pan Americana," with ostinato bass and staccato horns, urgent Afro-Cubanisms and the scatter shield trumpet of Faddis; "Africana," a slow, processional mystery waltz featuring Moody's flute; and "Toccata," which displays Miller's urgent, choppy, repetitive piano, the pungent horns, and Moody's half-time alto sax solo. Representing Gillespie's goofy side is the cute, Harry Belafonte-like calypso "Barbados Carnival," penned and sung by wild storytelling island mon Chris White with background vocals. The band has now fairly exhausted Gillespie's best-known tunes, so a third CD might not be possible. But Dizzy's music is now well re-documented by his peer group of admirers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1999
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351506023
  • Catalog Number: 5060
  • Sales rank: 351,639

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Desafinado (5:52)
  2. 2 Tin Tin Deo (6:11)
  3. 3 Ungawa (4:15)
  4. 4 Olé (8:03)
  5. 5 Guarachi Guaro (6:13)
  6. 6 Winter Samba (5:44)
  7. 7 Barbados Carnival (3:47)
  8. 8 Black Orpheus (5:04)
  9. 9 Algo Bueno (7:40)
  10. 10 Panamericana (5:41)
  11. 11 Africana (6:50)
  12. 12 Toccata (7:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars Primary Artist
Jon Faddis Trumpet, Background Vocals
Slide Hampton Trombone
James Moody Flute, Alto Saxophone
Don Braden Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ignacio Berroa Drums
Duduka Da Fonseca Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Background Vocals, Berimbau, Guiro
Chuck Loeb Guitar
Mulgrew Miller Piano
Richelle Williams Background Vocals
Chris White Vocals
John Lee Bass
Tiffany Curl Background Vocals
Maya Dunn Background Vocals
Evan Kapanga Background Vocals
Oscar Melendez Background Vocals
Patrick Nestler Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Alberto Ginastera Composer
Luiz Bonfá Composer
Jon Faddis Producer
Gil Fuller Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Chano Pozo Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Duduka Da Fonseca Sound Effects
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Chuck Loeb Engineer
Carl Palmer Composer
Paul Wickliffe Engineer
John Lee Producer, Engineer
George Kanzler Liner Notes
Anna Tomczack Cover Art
Danny Weiss Executive Producer
Oswaldo Nunes Composer
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