Ken Burns Jazz

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John Birks Gillespie came from South Carolina with an impressive trumpet technique and a mischievous personality. It wasn't long before he found his way into the top big bands of the late Thirties - and got tagged with the nickname Dizzy. But by 1940, Gillespie had begun to influence, and be influenced by, a coterie of experimenting musicians in Harlem. Whether he meant to call the music they were creating bebop will never be known - but the term stuck, and it stuck to him. After that, he developed first small-combo and then big-band bebop concepts. And from there he continued to pioneer, in the use of rhythms from Latin America and Africa. In his years of gray eminence, he led what was called the United Nation ...
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John Birks Gillespie came from South Carolina with an impressive trumpet technique and a mischievous personality. It wasn't long before he found his way into the top big bands of the late Thirties - and got tagged with the nickname Dizzy. But by 1940, Gillespie had begun to influence, and be influenced by, a coterie of experimenting musicians in Harlem. Whether he meant to call the music they were creating bebop will never be known - but the term stuck, and it stuck to him. After that, he developed first small-combo and then big-band bebop concepts. And from there he continued to pioneer, in the use of rhythms from Latin America and Africa. In his years of gray eminence, he led what was called the United Nation Orchestra and became spiritual father to musicians throughout the world.
All Music Guide - Campbell
It's impossible to grasp the complete scope of trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and showman Dizzy Gillespie's influence on jazz. However, this companion release to Ken Burns' PBS documentary Jazz is an admirable attempt, providing a brief glimpse of Dizzy's pioneering bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz brilliance on a single 16-track disc. The disc captures his early sideman career with Cab Calloway's orchestra in 1940 and four years later with Coleman Hawkins' orchestra. The remaining tracks showcase Dizzy coming into his own on classic bebop compositions "Salt Peanuts," "A Night in Tunisia," "Dizzy Atmosphere," "Groovin' High," "Manteca," and "Bloomdido." Also included is "The Eternal Triangle," a 1957 blowing date with Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt on Verve. The disc concludes in 1967 with Dizzy hamming it up on "Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac," the humorous take on "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." While Dizzy Gillespie's history can't be summed up on a single disc, the highlights on Ken Burns Jazz should make the novice listener interested enough to continue searching out more material. But this series includes nothing that the aficionado doesn't already have.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731454908627
  • Catalog Number: 549086
  • Sales rank: 73,710

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Lalo Schifrin Piano
Benny Bailey Trumpet
Danny Barker Guitar
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Ray Bryant Piano
Cab Calloway Vocals
Serge Chaloff Baritone Saxophone
Al Grey Trombone
Ernie Henry Alto Saxophone
Milt Jackson Vibes
Budd Johnson Baritone Saxophone
Wynton Kelly Piano
John Lewis Piano
Melba Liston Trombone
Shelly Manne Drums
Billy Mitchell Tenor Saxophone
James Moody Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Lee Morgan Trumpet
Leo Parker Alto Saxophone
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
Buddy Rich Drums
Max Roach Drums
Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxophone
Slam Stewart Bass
Sonny Stitt Tenor Saxophone
Elek Bacsik Guitar
Johnny Bothwell Alto Saxophone
Dave Burns Trumpet
Ike Carpenter Piano
Cozy Cole Drums
Tyree Glenn Trombone, Vibes
Rod Levitt Bass Trombone
Hal McKusick Alto Saxophone
Mike Longo Piano
Big Nick Nicholas Tenor Saxophone
Chano Pozo Conga, Vocals
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Trummy Young Trombone
Al McKibbon Bass
Percy Heath Bass
Ray Abrams Tenor Saxophone
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Allison Trumpet
Mario Bauzá Trumpet
Jerry Blake Alto Saxophone
Ray Brown Bass
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Calypso Boys Percussion
Kenny Clarke Drums
Rudy Collins Drums
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Leon Comegys Trombone
Talib Dawud Trumpet
Kansas Fields Drums
Otis Finch Drums
Stan Fishelson Trumpet
Joe Gayles Tenor Saxophone
Benny Golson Tenor Saxophone
Benny Harris Trumpet
Clyde Hart Piano
Milt Hinton Bass
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
Keg Johnson Trombone
Steve Jordan Guitar
Ted Kelly Trombone
Warren Luckey Tenor Saxophone
John Lynch Trumpet
Joe Megro Tenor Saxophone
Thelonious Monk Piano
Alton Moore Trombone
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone
Benny Payne Piano
Pepito Riestria Percussion
E.V. Perry Trumpet
Charlie Persip Drums
Jimmy Powell Alto Saxophone
Billy Root Baritone Saxophone
Curly Russell Bass
Frank Schifano Electric Bass
Carl Warwick Trumpet
Ollie Wilson Trombone
Elmon Wright Trumpet
Chris White Bass
Andrew Brown Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Pee Wee Moore Baritone Saxophone
Walter "Foots" Thomas Tenor Saxophone
Lammar Wright Jr. Trumpet
Remo Palmieri Guitar
Vic Coulson Trumpet
Ed Van Dever Trumpet
Gordon Thomas Trombone
Howard E. Johnson Alto Saxophone
Leonard Lowry Alto Saxophone
Jack Carmen Trombone
Walter Robertson Trombone, Trumpet
John Brown Alto Saxophone
Bill Shepherd Trombone
Paul E. West Bass
Technical Credits
Lalo Schifrin Arranger
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Gil Fuller Arranger, Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Arranger, Composer
Chano Pozo Composer
Ray Brown Composer
Don Byas Arranger
Kenny Clarke Composer
Didier C. Deutsch Discographical Information
Ernie Wilkins Arranger
Walter Fuller Composer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Peter Keepnews Liner Notes
Frank Paparelli Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Brian Priestley Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Pat Sweeting Business Consultant
Hollis King Art Direction
Ben Young Discographical Information
Jesse Cavanaugh Composer
Carlos Kase Discographical Information
John Christiana Packaging Manager
Lauren Atlas Packaging Manager
Adam Owett Art Direction
Clare Walker Packaging Manager
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