Dizzy's Diamonds: The Best of Verve Years

Dizzy's Diamonds: The Best of Verve Years

by Dizzy Gillespie

Although Dizzy Gillespie's name will be forever linked with that of bebop cofounder Charlie Parker, the innovative trumpeter's association with "Bird" was as brief as it was momentous. Gillespie went on to have a brilliant career of his own, leading diverse bands of all sizes. This three-CD set draws from the motherlode of recordings that Dizzy cut for Verve in the… See more details below


Although Dizzy Gillespie's name will be forever linked with that of bebop cofounder Charlie Parker, the innovative trumpeter's association with "Bird" was as brief as it was momentous. Gillespie went on to have a brilliant career of his own, leading diverse bands of all sizes. This three-CD set draws from the motherlode of recordings that Dizzy cut for Verve in the '50s and '60s. Gillespie excelled at everything he tried his hand at, whether leading a biting big band that included pianist Wynton Kelly and trumpeter Lee Morgan or fronting his superb small group with James Moody and Kenny Barron; going head-to-head with Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, and Sonny Stitt in legendary cutting contests or sitting in with Duke Ellington's orchestra; jamming with Latin percussionists or adding his inimitable playing, singing, and generous good humor to any of the many eclectic musical situations he willingly placed himself in. The basic Gillespie repertoire is represented here -- "A Night in Tunisia," "Dizzy Atmosphere," "Con Alma," "Tin Tin Deo," "Birk's Works" -- but that's just the tip of a very deep iceberg that, in this case, should not be avoided.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Many of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie's recordings for the Verve label in the '50s and early '60s show him at the peak of his powers. This three-CD set is a sampler of his legacy, with the discs subtitled "Big Band," "Small Groups & Guests" and "In an Afro Cuban, Bossa Nova, Calypso Groove." The programming jumps all over the place and makes little sense but this set serves as a good excuse to acquire 40 performances by the great Gillespie and the many all-stars who recorded with him. Few but the most fanatical veteran Gillespie fans will have all of these selections. This collection filled a void until Verve got around to doing a much more comprehensive Dizzy Gillespie reissue program.

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Polygram Records

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Disc 1

  1. Prelude
  2. 'bout to Wail
  3. Umbrella Man
  4. The Chains
  5. Birk's Works
  6. Stella by Starlight
  7. Dizzy's Business
  8. Autumn Leaves
  9. Dizzy's Blues
  10. Flamingo
  11. Jordu
  12. Evening Sound
  13. Take the "A" Train

Disc 2

  1. Blue 'n' Boogie
  2. Bonnie's Blues
  3. Ool-Ya-Koo
  4. Blues After Dark
  5. The Heat's On
  6. Leap Frog
  7. Where's Adam?
  8. There Is No Greater Love
  9. Just One of Those Things
  10. I Know That You Know
  11. Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac
  12. Dizzy Atmosphere

Disc 3

  1. Manteca
  2. Fiesta Mojo
  3. A Night in Tunisia
  4. And Then She Stopped
  5. Tin Tin Deo
  6. Desafinado
  7. Africana
  8. Pergunte Ao João
  9. Caravan
  10. This Lovely Feeling
  11. Ungawa
  12. Begin the Beguine
  13. Con Alma
  14. Rio Pakistan
  15. Jambo

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Lalo Schifrin   Piano
Ray Barretto   Percussion
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Louie Bellson   Drums
Ray Bryant   Piano
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Joe Carroll   Vocals
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Art Davis   Bass
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Victor Feldman   Piano
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Gordon   Trumpet
Urbie Green   Trombone
Grey   Trombone
Gigi Gryce   Alto Saxophone
Bill Harris   Trombone
Louis Hayes   Drums
Ernie Henry   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Quincy Jones   Trumpet
Sam Jones   Bass
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Mel Lewis   Drums
Melba Liston   Trombone
Pierre Michelot   Bass
Billy Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
James Moody   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Lee Morgan   Trumpet
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Bill Perkins   Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Bud Powell   Piano
Buddy Rich   Drums
Sonny Rollins   Tenor Saxophone
Spann   Guitar
Sonny Stitt   Tenor Saxophone
Lucky Thompson   French Horn
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Leo Wright   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Buddy Clark   Bass
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Matthew Gee   Trombone
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Wade Legge   Piano
Rod Levitt   Trombone
Frank Rehak   Trombone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Stu Williamson   Trumpet
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Kati Bell Nubin   Vocals
Willie Rodriguez   Timpani
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Russell Procope   Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Charlie Kennedy   Alto Saxophone
Francisco Aguabella   Percussion
Porcino   Trumpet
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Kenny Barron   Piano
Mike Barone   Trombone
John Barrows   French Horn
Benny Carter   Conductor,Alto Saxophone
Richard Berg   French Horn
Nelson Boyd   Bass
Jean-Claude Briodin   Vocals
Ray Brown   Bass
James Buffington   French Horn
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Don Butterfield   Tuba
Red Callender   Tuba
Candido Camero   Conga
Harry Carney   Baritone Saxophone
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Henry Coker   Trombone
Julio Collazo   Percussion
Rudy Collins   Drums
Carmen Costa   Vocals,Cabasa
Walter Davis   Piano
Talib Dawud   Trumpet
Jack Del Rio   Bongos
Duke Ellington   Piano
Bob Edmondson   Trombone
Ernie Wilkins   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Faulise   Bass Trombone
Kansas Fields   Percussion
Marty Flax   Baritone Saxophone
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
John Frosk   Trumpet
Benny Golson   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
J.C. Heard   Drums
Hendrickson   Guitar
René Hernández   Piano
Bill Hood   Baritone Saxophone
Lex Humphries   Drums
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Luis Kant   French Horn
Chuck Lampkin   Drums
Christiane Legrand   Vocals
Eddy Louiss   Vocals
Junior Mance   Piano
Jose Mangual   Percussion
Wendell Marshall   Bass
George Matthews   Trombone
Ralph Miranda   Percussion
Thelonious Monk   Piano
Numa Moore   Baritone Saxophone
Ubaldo Nieto   Percussion
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone
Jose Paula   Vocals
Charlie Persip   Drums
Jimmy Powell   Alto Saxophone
Emil Richards   Percussion
Billy Root   Baritone Saxophone
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Curly Russell   Bass
John Sanders   Trombone
Gunther Schuller   French Horn
Sahib Shihab   Baritone Saxophone
Kenny Shroyer   Trombone
Stuff Smith   Violin
Arnett Sparrow   Trombone
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Piano
Ray Triscari   Trumpet
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Percussion
Carl Warwick   Trumpet
Jimmy Wilkins   Trombone
Phil Woods   Alto Saxophone
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Chris White   Bass
Robert Rodriguez   Bass
Bob Smart   Vocals
Ward Swingle   Vocals
Tommy Bryant   Bass
Richman   French Horn
Ermet Perry   Trumpet
Pee Wee Moore   Baritone Saxophone
Claudine Bargs   Vocals
Gilbert Valdez   Flute
Mimi Perrin   Vocals
Stewart Rensey   French Horn
Paul E. West   Bass
Albert Richmond   French Horn

Technical Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Arranger
Jon Faddis   Liner Notes
Gil Fuller   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Arranger,Composer
Melba Liston   Arranger
Ahmad Kharab Salim   Arranger
Chano Pozo   Composer
Kenny Washington   Contributor
Duke Ellington   Contributor
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Benny Golson   Arranger
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Michael Lang   Contributor
Charlie Parker   Composer
Phil Schaap   Liner Notes
Sheryl Lutz-Brown   Art Direction
Gary N. Mayo   Remastering
Buster Harding   Arranger
Newton Mendonça   Composer

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