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I'm BeBoppin' Too
     

I'm BeBoppin' Too

by The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band
 
Tribute bands are often bland affairs, because they become too predictable, while often omitting any artists who played with the deceased artist. Fortunately, this third CD by the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band mixes veterans who worked with the trumpeter and talented younger players who acquit themselves very well. Trombonist Slide Hampton contributed a fresh

Overview

Tribute bands are often bland affairs, because they become too predictable, while often omitting any artists who played with the deceased artist. Fortunately, this third CD by the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band mixes veterans who worked with the trumpeter and talented younger players who acquit themselves very well. Trombonist Slide Hampton contributed a fresh chart of Dizzy's "Manteca" that is a bit more introspective and less percussive and shouting, with potent solos by pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath scored the subtle, hip treatment of Kenny Dorham's "Una Mas," showcasing alto saxophonist Mark Gross, trombonist Douglas Purviance, and baritonist Gary Smulyan. Vocalist Roberta Gambarini's solid performance of "'Round Midnight" (and Hampton's fresh arrangement) trump those who claim that this landmark Thelonious Monk composition is recorded all too often; there is always room for a top-notch recording such as this one. Gambarini also guests in Heath's setting of Tadd Dameron's bittersweet ballad "If You Could Seem Me Now" and Hampton's snappy setting of "Lover, Come Back to Me." Nor should the brass players be overlooked: Roy Hargrove's lush playing in "I Can't Get Started," plus his comic vocal in the jive piece "I'm BeBoppin' Too," are complemented by Greg Gisbert's searing trumpet and Michael Dease's brief, effective trombone solo. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/2009
Label:
Halfnote Records
UPC:
0616892454021
catalogNumber:
4540
Rank:
220673

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band   Primary Artist
Slide Hampton   Musical Direction
Roy Hargrove   Trumpet,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Antonio Hart   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Jimmy Heath   Electric Guitar,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Gary Smulyan   Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Lewis Nash   Drums
Cyrus Chestnut   Piano,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Steve Davis   Trombone,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Greg Gisbert   Trumpet,Soloist
Douglas Purviance   Bass Trombone,Soloist
Claudio Roditi   Trumpet,Soloist
Frank Greene   Trumpet
Jason Jackson   Trombone,Soloist
Roberta Gambarini   Vocals,scat
John "Babbacombe" Lee   Bass,Soloist
Michael Dease   Trombone,Soloist

Technical Credits

Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Arranger,Composer
Kenny Dorham   Composer
Billy Eckstine   Composer
Gil Fuller   Arranger,Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Slide Hampton   Arranger
Jimmy Heath   Arranger
Vernon Duke   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
Ray Brown   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Paul Wickliffe   Engineer,Audio Production
John Wilson   Arranger
Zan Stewart   Liner Notes
Jeff Levenson   Executive Producer,Audio Production
John Lee   Audio Production
Steven Bensusan   Executive Producer,Audio Production
John "Babbacombe" Lee   Producer,Engineer
Michael Dease   Audio Production
A.K. Salim   Arranger,Composer
Lorraine Gillespie   Composer

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