Jazz Collector Edition

Jazz Collector Edition

by Dizzy Gillespie


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Jazz Collector Edition

Dizzy Gillespie is the common denominator on this hodgepodge compilation of what sounds like radio broadcasts from 1944, 1945, and 1946. He is either leading a group, co-leading with Charlie Parker, in a backup band for Sarah Vaughan, or a member of the Joe Marsala sextet. The value of this collection is to hear and understand the rhythmic transformation from swing in the case of the Marsala ensemble to the out-and-out bop of Gillespie and Parker, not to mention that the new harmonic modern jazz richness delicately backs the ultra-elegant Vaughan. At times the recording quality is a bit thin, but it's more than adequate to hear the genius of these immortal musicians, and there's not a single stiff in the bunch. The transitional swing sounds of clarinetist Marsala's group bookend the CD, with pianist Cliff Jackson in vintage stride mode during "My Melancholy Baby," Gillespie laying the backdrop for the jam on "Cherokee," and upfront during "On the Alamo" as the band jumps the blues. Classic bop with Gillespie and Parker shows up on four cuts from 1945, warming up on "All the Things You Are," and steamin' up the joint for "Dizzy Atmosphere" with an appearance from Slam Stewart, slapping the bass and vocalizing in tandem. Big Sid Catlett joins on drums for the best batch of "Shaw 'Nuff" and "Hot House." Gillespie leads two other bands, one with tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon in a rare pairing of the two for the cool, matter of fact take on "Blue 'n' Boogie," while Gillespie's quintet with alto saxophonist Sonny Stitt, vibist Milt Jackson, and drummer Kenny Clarke do four more numbers from 1946. Those combos include bassist Ray Brown's immortal showcase "One Bass Hit," the memorable and tricky melody of "That's Earl Brother" with a clean Gillespie vamp, and the jive group vocal "Oop Bop Sh'bam" with Gil Fuller scatting. Alice Roberts joins for a basic blues original of pianist Al Haig and Stitt for "A Handfulla Gimme," and she sounds solid without wailing or moaning. Vaughan appears on three tracks, with "Lover Man" the less worthy in terms of scratchy sound quality, while the energetic "East of the Sun" fares best and features pianist Leonard Feather putting his pen aside for the ivories, while "Mean to Me" is credited to an orchestra even though it's only a septet, but it's a mighty group with Max Roach, Gillespie, and Parker, and a passionately toned Flip Phillips on tenor sax shadowing Vaughan's vocal phrasings. Guitar lovers should also note the presence of three great players on these dates -- Chuck Wayne, Remo Palmier, and Bill DeArango. For collectors or completists this is a recording to seek, and for students or newbies, it can provide a brief but poignant overview of this time period, when these musicians revolutionized jazz.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/1991
Label: Delta
UPC: 0018111573122
catalogNumber: 15731

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Leonard Feather   Piano
Gil Fuller   Vocals
Dexter Gordon   Tenor Saxophone
Haig   Piano
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Max Roach   Drums
Slam Stewart   Bass
Sonny Stitt   Alto Saxophone
Cozy Cole   Drums
Bill DeArango   Guitar
Joe Marsala   Clarinet
Aaron Sachs   Clarinet
Chuck Wayne   Guitar
Georgie Auld   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Brown   Bass
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Buddy Christian   Drums
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Clyde Hart   Piano
Cliff Jackson   Piano
Irv Kluger   Drums
Jack Lesberg   Bass
Frank Paparelli   Piano
Curly Russell   Bass
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals
Remo Palmieri   Guitar
Nat Jaffe   Piano
Murray Shipinski   Piano
Alice Roberts   Vocals
Irving Lang   Bass
Morey Field   Drums

Technical Credits

Tadd Dameron   Composer
Gil Fuller   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer,Contributor
Haig   Composer,Contributor
Sonny Stitt   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Ray Brown   Composer
Cole   Composer
Walter Fuller   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Jay Roberts   Composer
Sarah Vaughan   Contributor
Roy Turk   Composer
Brooks Bowman   Composer
George A. Norton   Composer

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