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Boxset / Compilation · 2005

Filed under Bop
By DIZZY GILLESPIE

Tracklist

1 Tin Tin Deo 2:41
2 Star Dust 3:04
3 Caravan (Master Take) 2:53
4 Salt Peanuts 3:19
5 The Champ, Pt. 1 & 2 5:41
6 All the Things You Are 2:50
7 Dizzy Atmosphere 2:50
8 Hot House 3:13
9 Lover Man 3:26
10 Groovin' High 2:45
11 Oop- Bop-Sh'bam 3:03
12 Birk's Works 3:07
13 I Found a Million Dollar Baby 2:59
14 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 2:57
15 Things to Come 2:46

Line-up/Musicians

Dizzy Gillespie (vocals, trumpet);
Dizzy Gillespie; Barbara Whitney, Barbara Whitney (harp);
Jack Shukman, Jack Shukman (violin);
Cy Bernhard (cello);
Askell Issenbuth (flute);
Phillip Shuken, Phil Shukin (alto flute);
Shirley Thompson, Shirley Thompson (bassoon);
Howard E. Johnson , Howard Johnson (alto saxophone);
Talib Dawud, Talib Dawuud (trumpet);
Dick Kenney, Dick Kenny, Harold "Hal" Smith, Harold Smith (trombone);
Paul "Scooby" Smith, John Richard Lewis, Paul Smith (piano);
Curly Russell, Percy Heath, Ray Brown , Roy Brown, Slam Stewart, Jack Cascales (bass instrument);
John Lewis, Al Jones (drums);
Carlos Vidal Bolado, Carlos Vidal Bolado (congas);
Gil Fuller, Sarah Vaughan (vocals);
Kenny Burrell, Remo Palmieri (guitar);
Stuff Smith, Victor Arno, Walter Edelstein (violin);
Felix Slatkin, Eleanor Slatkin (cello);
Harry Steinfeld (oboe);
John Coltrane (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone);
Bill Graham (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone);
Sonny Stitt, Charlie Parker (alto saxophone);
Warren Luckey, Ray Abrams, Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone);
Leo Parker (baritone saxophone);
Dave Burns, Kenny Dorham, John Lynch , Elmon Wright (trumpet);
John Graas (French horn);
Gordon Thomas, Leon Comegys, Henry Coker, J.J. Johnson , Pee Wee Moore (trombone);
Milt Jackson (piano, organ, vibraphone);
Clyde Hart, Al Haig (piano);
Cozy Cole, Kansas Fields, Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Big Sid Catlett, Specs Wright (drums)

About this release

Savoy Jazz

Recorded between 1945 & 1951

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“Gettin’ Dizzy, the High Flying Dizzy Gillespie” is a compilation of material recorded during his career peak (1945-1952) while he was with the Savoy label. Apparently this is considered a good compilation, but not the most comprehensive from that period. In defense of this fine CD though, I’d like to point out that this a very well put together collection of tunes that would make a great introduction to jazz for novices.

There are basically three ways to order the songs on a CD compilation; you can put them in historical order by year to show an artists development, or you can just throw them together with no set plan like so many thoughtless compilations, or lastly, you can put them in an appealing order like a radio show with good variety and a nice flow from one song to the next. On “Gettin Dizzy” they opt for the third option and make this CD flow like an excellent well planned classic radio special. It helps that Dizzy’s music has so much variety during this period. This CD offers a good mix of bop, big band bop, swing, female vocals, proto Afro Cuban jazz and even some pop with strings. Its hard to believe that this is all from one artist as it actually sounds like a snapshot of the entire jazz world during this period. Of course Dizzy’s playing during this time is just incredible.

To the serious jazz fan this CD probably has a few too many over played standards, but to someone new to jazz, this CD makes an excellent introduction. The tunes on here are short and snappy and they all have a nice variety in ensemble sounds that helps prevent “jazz combo fatigue”. The presence of well known tunes like “Salt Peanuts”, “Lover Man”, “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” and others helps make the music more familiar.

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