Live at the 1972 Monterey Jazz Festival

Live at the 1972 Monterey Jazz Festival

by Art Blakey
     
 

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Impresario George Wein organized the Giants of Jazz as an all-star band consisting of Dizzy Gillespie, Kai Winding, Sonny Stitt (doubling on alto and tenor saxes), Thelonious Monk, Al McKibbon, and Art Blakey. The group ended up touring three continents between 1971 and 1972, playing

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Impresario George Wein organized the Giants of Jazz as an all-star band consisting of Dizzy Gillespie, Kai Winding, Sonny Stitt (doubling on alto and tenor saxes), Thelonious Monk, Al McKibbon, and Art Blakey. The group ended up touring three continents between 1971 and 1972, playing 42 concerts before Gillespie left to honor earlier contractual commitments of his own. Monterey Jazz Festival impresario Jimmy Lyons decided to seek two trumpeters to replace Dizzy, and his selection of Clark Terry (who plays bother trumpet and flugelhorn) and elder statesmen Roy Eldridge added a new spark to the group. "'Round Midnight" puts the spotlight on its composer, while Stitt's extended tenor feature in "Perdido" starts out awkwardly with the hackneyed quote of "Stranger in Paradise" before turning into a solid affair, with Eldridge following him with a searing, occasionally raspy solo. The brief rendition of "Stardust" individually showcases Terry's conversational flugelhorn with thoughtful backing by Monk, while "Lover Man" puts the spotlight on Winding, "I Can't Get Started" features Stitt's rhapsodic alto sax, and "The Man I Love" Eldridge's still-exciting trumpet. The set wraps with a fun-filled group workout of "A Night in Tunisia," with Terry stealing the show with his bubbly flugelhorn. Since only a few of the earlier Giants of Jazz concerts have been released in any form, this Monterey set adds an important chapter to the band's all too brief documented existence.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2008
Label:
Monterey Jazz Fest
UPC:
0888072308824
catalogNumber:
30882

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Art Blakey   Primary Artist,Drums
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Sonny Stitt   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
McKibbon   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Thelonious Monk   Piano
Kai Winding   Trombone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Jimmy Lyons   Audio Production
Cootie Williams   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Don Geis   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Jason Olaine   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Nick Phillips   Producer,Audio Production
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Doug Ramsey   Liner Notes
Glen Barros   Series Executive Producer
James Sherman   Composer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction

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