I'm BeBoppin' Too

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • Label: Halfnote Records
  • UPC: 616892454021
  • Catalog Number: 4540
  • Sales rank: 86,927

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Beboppin' Too (2:39)
  2. 2 Cool Breeze (5:07)
  3. 3 'Round Midnight (7:38)
  4. 4 Manteca (5:38)
  5. 5 Birks' Works (4:51)
  6. 6 If You Could See Me Now (7:12)
  7. 7 Dizzy's Blues (4:37)
  8. 8 Una Mas (7:45)
  9. 9 I Can't Get Started (6:00)
  10. 10 One Bass Hit (4:56)
  11. 11 Tin Tin Deo (6:19)
  12. 12 Lover Come Back to Me (5:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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 II Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Paul Wickliffe Engineer, Mastering, 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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