The Dizzy Gillespie Story: 1939-1950 [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This four-disc, 100-track box set traces famed bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie's career from his early years with Teddy Hill, Lionel Hampton and Cab Calloway through his work with figures like Coleman Hawkins and Billy Eckstine. It includes his 1947 concert at Carnegie Hall with Charlie Parker and concludes with the famous sessions that Gillespie recorded with Parker and Thelonious Monk for Norman Granz in 1950. At a budget price, this package captures Gillespie's peak years and performances and makes a deep introduction to this amazing musician. The sound transfers are decent, but audiophiles may find that the noise reduction processes used on these tracks leaves some of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This four-disc, 100-track box set traces famed bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie's career from his early years with Teddy Hill, Lionel Hampton and Cab Calloway through his work with figures like Coleman Hawkins and Billy Eckstine. It includes his 1947 concert at Carnegie Hall with Charlie Parker and concludes with the famous sessions that Gillespie recorded with Parker and Thelonious Monk for Norman Granz in 1950. At a budget price, this package captures Gillespie's peak years and performances and makes a deep introduction to this amazing musician. The sound transfers are decent, but audiophiles may find that the noise reduction processes used on these tracks leaves some of them sounding a little on the thin and muted side. Given the fair price and the volume of material compiled here, though, this set is a smart purchase. Each of the four discs is also available individually as a stand-alone album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2002
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 604988993028
  • Catalog Number: 30


Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Rhythm Fantasy - Teddy Hill & His Orchestra (2:44)
  2. 2 Hot Mallets - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra (2:18)
  3. 3 Pickin' the Cabbage - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra (2:49)
  4. 4 Bye Bye Blues - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra (2:54)
  5. 5 Once in a Lovetime (2:48)
  6. 6 Stardust - Nick Fenton (3:27)
  7. 7 Little John Special - Lucky Millinder (3:11)
  8. 8 Woody 'N' You - Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra (2:57)
  9. 9 Disorder at the Border - Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra (2:55)
  10. 10 I Stay in the Mood for You (2:57)
  11. 11 I Can't Get Started - Dizzy Gillespie All Stars (3:01)
  12. 12 Good Bait - Dizzy Gillespie All Stars (3:00)
  13. 13 Bebop - Dizzy Gillespie All Stars (3:09)
  14. 14 Perdido - Joe Marsala (2:54)
  15. 15 Cherokee - Joe Marsala (2:53)
  16. 16 A Night in Tunisia - Boyd Raeburn (3:08)
  17. 17 Groovin' High - Dizzy Gillespie Sextet (2:38)
  18. 18 Blue 'N' Boogie - Dizzy Gillespie Sextet (2:57)
  19. 19 Groovin' High - Remo Palmieri (2:41)
  20. 20 All the Things You Are - Remo Palmieri (2:48)
  21. 21 Dizzy Atmosphere - Remo Palmieri (2:47)
  22. 22 Salt Peanuts (3:14)
  23. 23 Shaw 'Nuff (2:58)
  24. 24 Hot House (3:07)
  25. 25 Get Happy - Red Norvo & His Selected Sextet (3:44)
  26. 26 Congo Blues - Red Norvo & His Selected Sextet (3:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ten Lessons With Timothy - Tony Scott (2:43)
  2. 2 Slim's Jam - Slim Gaillard (3:19)
  3. 3 Dizzy Atmosphere - Dizzy Gillespie Sextet (4:49)
  4. 4 Diggin' Diz (2:54)
  5. 5 Confirmation (2:57)
  6. 6 Diggin' for Diz (2:52)
  7. 7 Dynamo a (3:04)
  8. 8 When I Grow Too Old to Dream (2:57)
  9. 9 'Round About Midnight (2:53)
  10. 10 The Way You Look Tonight - Johnny Richards Orchestra (2:47)
  11. 11 Why Do I Love You? - Johnny Richards Orchestra (2:22)
  12. 12 Who - Johnny Richards Orchestra (2:56)
  13. 13 All the Things You Are - Johnny Richards Orchestra (2:17)
  14. 14 52nd Street Theme (3:05)
  15. 15 A Night in Tunisia (3:05)
  16. 16 Ol' Man Rebop (2:45)
  17. 17 Anthropology (2:38)
  18. 18 One Bass Hit, Pt. 1 - Dizzy Gillespie Sextet (2:54)
  19. 19 Oop Bop Sh'bam - Dizzy Gillespie Sextet (2:59)
  20. 20 That's Earl, Brother - Dizzy Gillespie Sextet (2:43)
  21. 21 Our Delight (2:30)
  22. 22 Good Dues Blues (3:01)
  23. 23 Ray's Idea (2:22)
  24. 24 Things to Come (2:44)
  25. 25 For Hecklers Only - The Be Bop Boys (2:57)
  26. 26 Smokey Hollow Jump - The Be Bop Boys (3:00)
  27. 27 Boppin' the Blues - The Be Bop Boys (3:05)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Moody Speaks - The Be Bop Boys (2:32)
  2. 2 Emanon (3:08)
  3. 3 Ow! (2:58)
  4. 4 Oop-Pop-A-Da (3:13)
  5. 5 Two Bass Hit (2:47)
  6. 6 Stay on It (3:13)
  7. 7 A Night in Tunisia - Charlie Parker (5:08)
  8. 8 Dizzy Atmosphere - Charlie Parker (4:03)
  9. 9 Groovin' High - Charlie Parker (5:15)
  10. 10 Confirmation (5:40)
  11. 11 Koko - Charlie Parker (4:09)
  12. 12 Leap Here - The Metronome All-Stars (3:27)
  13. 13 Algo Bueno (Woody 'N' You) (3:00)
  14. 14 Cool Breeze (2:46)
  15. 15 Cubana Be (2:41)
  16. 16 Cubana Bop (3:08)
  17. 17 Manteca (3:06)
  18. 18 Good Bait (2:48)
  19. 19 Ool-Ya-Koo (2:50)
  20. 20 Minor Walk (2:44)
  21. 21 Guarachi Guaro (3:11)
  22. 22 Duff Capers (4:15)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Lover, Come Back to Me (3:33)
  2. 2 I'm Be Boppin' Too (2:17)
  3. 3 Swedish Suite (2:55)
  4. 4 St. Louis Blues (3:07)
  5. 5 Katy (Dizzier and Dizzier) (3:03)
  6. 6 Jump Di-Le-Ba (2:31)
  7. 7 Hey Pete! Let's Eat Mo' Meat (3:01)
  8. 8 Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (3:05)
  9. 9 In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee (2:36)
  10. 10 Say When (3:15)
  11. 11 You Stole My Wife, You Horsethief (3:12)
  12. 12 Coast to Coast (3:20)
  13. 13 Oo-La-La (2:52)
  14. 14 Bloomdido - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:26)
  15. 15 An Oscar for Treadwell - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:25)
  16. 16 Mohawk - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:37)
  17. 17 My Melancholy Baby - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:25)
  18. 18 Leap Frog - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:31)
  19. 19 Relaxin' With Lee - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:48)
  20. 20 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Johnny Richards (2:55)
  21. 21 Lullaby of the Leaves - Johnny Richards (2:27)
  22. 22 What Is There to Say? - Johnny Richards Orchestra (2:46)
  23. 23 Alone Together - Johnny Richards Orchestra (4:45)
  24. 24 On the Alamo - Johnny Richards (2:19)
  25. 25 Interlude in C - Johnny Richards (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Primary Artist, Trumpet
Tony Scott Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bill Doggett Piano
Benny Bailey Trumpet
Danny Barker Guitar
Billy Bauer Guitar
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Joe Carroll Vocals
Serge Chaloff Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Christian Guitar
Buddy DeFranco Clarinet
Billy Eckstine Vocals
Gil Fuller Vocals
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Dexter Gordon Tenor Saxophone
Wardell Gray Tenor Saxophone
Al Haig Piano
Lionel Hampton Vibes
Jimmy Heath Alto Saxophone
Ernie Henry Alto Saxophone
Milt Jackson Piano, Vocals, Vibes
Budd Johnson Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones Piano
Shelly Manne Drums
James Moody Tenor Saxophone
Red Norvo Vibes
Leo Parker Alto Saxophone
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Specs Powell Drums
Buddy Rich Drums
Max Roach Drums
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone
Slam Stewart Bass
Sonny Stitt Alto Saxophone
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson Piano
Johnny Bothwell Alto Saxophone
Dave Burns Trumpet
Ike Carpenter Piano
Cozy Cole Drums
Willie Cook Trumpet
Bill DeArango Guitar
Matthew Gee Trombone
Tyree Glenn Trombone, Vibes
John Graas French Horn
George Handy Piano
Howard Johnson Alto Saxophone
Stan Levey Drums
Joe Marsala Clarinet
Hal McKusick Alto Saxophone
Boyd Raeburn Bass Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Zutty Singleton Drums
Chuck Wayne Guitar
Felix Slatkin Violin
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Slim Gaillard Guitar, Vocals
Ken Kersey Piano
Russell Procope Alto Saxophone
Chano Pozo Conga, Vocals
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Trummy Young Trombone
Al McKibbon Bass, Trombone
Freddy Webster Trumpet
Gene Ramey Bass
Eddie Safranski Bass
Israel Crosby Bass
Yusef Lateef Tenor Saxophone
Jack McVea Tenor Saxophone
Ray Abrams Tenor Saxophone
John "Johnny" Adriano Acea Piano
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone
Sam Allen Piano
Tommy Allison Trumpet
Victor Arno Violin
Taswell Baird Trombone
Mario Bauzá Trumpet
Bill Beason Drums
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Cy Bernard Cello
Jerry Blake Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Harry Bluestone Violin
Joe Britton Trombone
Bam Brown Bass
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Scoops Carey Alto Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Kenny Clarke Drums
Henry Coker Trombone
Nat King Cole Piano
John Collins Guitar
Shad Collins Trumpet
John Coltrane Alto Saxophone
Leon Comegys Trombone
Talib Dawud Trumpet
Bill Dillard Trumpet
Andy Duryea Trombone
Walter Edelstein Violin
Nick Fenton Bass
Stan Fishelson Trumpet
James Forman Piano, Celeste
Panama Francis Drums
Bill Frazier Tenor Saxophone
Richard "Dick" Fullbright Bass
Joe Gayles Tenor Saxophone
Al Gibson Baritone Saxophone
Charles "Majeed" Greenlee Trombone
Kenny "Pancho" Hagood Vocals
Benny Harris Trumpet
Joe Harris Conga, Drums
Clyde Hart Piano
J.C. Heard Drums
Teddy Hill Tenor Saxophone
Milt Hinton Bass
Sam Hurt Trombone
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Keg Johnson Trombone
Claude Jones Trombone
Jimmy Jones Piano
Steve Jordan Guitar
Ted Kelly Trombone
Al Killian Trumpet
Warren Luckey Tenor Saxophone
John Lynch Trumpet
Dodo Marmarosa Piano
Sabu Martinez Bongos, Vocals
Shorty McConnell Trumpet
Joe Megro Tenor Saxophone
Thelonious Monk Piano
Alton Moore Trombone
George Nicholas Tenor Saxophone
Ed Nicholson Drums
Frank Paparelli Piano
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone
Benny Payne Piano
Roy Porter Drums
Ernest Purce Baritone Saxophone
Curly Russell Bass
Mischa Russell Violin
Rudy Rutherford Baritone Saxophone
William Scott Trumpet
Jack Shulman Violin
Stafford Simon Tenor Saxophone
Don Slaughter Trumpet
Floyd Smith Guitar
Teddy Stewart Drums
Jesse Tarrant Trombone
Walter Thomas Tenor Saxophone
Carlos Vidal Bongos
Connie Wainwright Guitar
Dicky Wells Trombone
Ollie Wilson Trombone
Shadow Wilson Drums
Elmon Wright Trumpet
Specs Wright Drums
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Arv Garrison Guitar
Glenn Hardman Organ
Dick Kenney Trombone
George Stevenson Trombone
Andrew Brown Alto Saxophone
Harold Smith & the Majestics Trombone
Francisco Pozo Bongos
Howard H. Scott Trombone
Pee Wee Moore Baritone Saxophone
Raymond Orr Trumpet
Remo Palmieri Guitar
Lamar Wright Trumpet
Sid Brokaw Violin
Vic Coulson Trumpet
Murray Shipinski Bass
Trevor Bacon Guitar
Matthew McKay Trumpet
Alice Roberts Vocals
Ed Van Dever Trumpet
Gordon Thomas Trombone
Shirley Thompson Bassoon
Nelson Bryant Trumpet
Charlie Wright Drums
Leonard Lowry Alto Saxophone
Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman Master of Ceremonies
Barbara Whitney Harp
Jack Carmen Trombone
Dave Young Orchestra Tenor Saxophone
Irving Lang Bass
Paul Smith Piano
John "BJ John" Smith Guitar
Billy Bowen Alto Saxophone
John Brown Alto Saxophone
Alice O'Connell Vocals
John Richard Lewis Piano
Cliff Jackson & His Crazy Cats Piano
The Bill Harris Quintet Trombone
Buddy Christian Drums
Roy Lee Brown Bass
Robert Carroll Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Crump Tenor Saxophone
Henry Hill Violin
Bill Shepherd Trombone
Technical Credits
Sergey Rachmaninov Composer
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
Joan Baez Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Count Basie Composer
Tadd Dameron Arranger, Composer
Billy Eckstine Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Gil Fuller Arranger, Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Arranger, Composer
Babs Gonzales Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Budd Johnson Arranger
John Lewis Composer
Lucky Millinder Composer
James Moody Composer
Red Norvo Composer
Slam Stewart Composer
Gerald Wilson Arranger, Composer
Cootie Williams Composer
Lester Young Composer
Dave Burns Composer
Linton Garner Arranger, Composer
George Handy Composer
Jimmy Mundy Arranger
Ray Noble Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Johnny Richards Arranger
Harold Arlen Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Coleman Hawkins Composer
Slim Gaillard Composer
Mary Lou Williams Composer
Chano Pozo Composer
Rudy Williams Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
John "Johnny" Adriano Acea Composer
David Bennett Composer
Johnny Bristol Composer
Ray Brown Composer
Kenny Clarke Composer
Nat King Cole Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Walter Fuller Composer
George Russell Arranger, Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Benny Harris Composer
Teddy Hill Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Wynton Marsalis Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Frank Paparelli Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Juan Tizol Composer
Chappie Willett Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Chauncey Gray Composer
Bert Lown Composer
Lynn Peterson Composer
Buster Harding Arranger, Composer
M. Christian Composer
Joe Young Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Bernice Petkere Composer
Ernie Burnett Composer
George Norton Composer
Hans Lengfelder Composer
Milton Shaw Composer
Adriano John Acea Arranger
Milt Orent Composer
Domingo Padilla Composer
Joop Visser Producer, Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Harry (Simovitz) Sims Composer
John Richard Lewis Arranger
Frederick Hamm Composer
Howard Griffin Composer
Roth Composer
Lester Peterson Composer
Lorraine Gillespie Composer
Floyd Wilson Composer
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