DIZZY GILLESPIE — The Small Groups 1945-1946 Original Recordings

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Boxset / Compilation · 1970

Filed under Bop
By DIZZY GILLESPIE

Tracklist

A1 My Melancholy Baby
A2 On The Alamo
A3 Cherokee
A4 Blue 'n' Boogie
A5 One Bass Hit #1
A6 Oo Bop Sh'bam
A7 A Handfulla Gimme
A8 That's Earl Brother
B1 Groovin' High
B2 All The Things You Are
B3 Dizzy Atmosphere
B4 Salt Peanuts
B5 Shaw 'Nuff
B6 Lover Man
B7 Hot House

Line-up/Musicians

Bass – Curly Russel (tracks: B4 to B7), Irving Lang (tracks: A1 to A3), Murray Shipinski (tracks: A4), Ray Brown (tracks: A5 to A8), Slam Stewart (tracks: B1 to B3)
Clarinet – Joe Marsala (tracks: A1 to A3)
Drums – Buddy Christian, Cozy Cole (tracks: B1 to B3), Irv Kluger (tracks: A4), Kenny Clarke (tracks: A5 to A8), Sid Catlett (tracks: B4 to B7)
Guitar – Chuck Wayne (tracks: A1 to A4), Remo Palmieri (tracks: B1 to B3)
Piano – Al Haig (tracks: A5 to A8, B4 to B7), Cliff Jackson (tracks: A1 to A3), Clyde Hart (tracks: B1 to B3)
Saxophone – Charlie Parker (tracks: B1 to B7), Frank Paparelli (tracks: A4), Sonny Stitt (tracks: A5 to A8)
Tenor Saxophone – Dexter Gordon (tracks: A4)
Trumpet – Dizzy Gillespie
Vibraphone – Milt Jackson (tracks: A5 to A8)
Vocals – Alice Roberts (tracks: A7), Dizzy Gillespie (tracks: A6, B4), Gil Fuller (tracks: A6), Sarah Vaughan (tracks: B6)

About this release

Phoenix Records ‎– LP-2 (US)

Tracks A1-A3 were recorded in New York January 12, 1945.

"My Melancholy Baby" and "Cherokee" were issued on a Black & White 78 by the Joe Marsala Sextet.
"On The Alamo" is previously unissued. A fourth title from this session "Perdido" (mx. BW 71) is missing and presumed lost.

Track A4 was recorded in New York February 9, 1945.

Tracks A5-A8 were recorded in New York May 15. 1946.

Tracks B1-B3 were recorded in New York February or March 1945.

Tracks B4-B7 were recorded in New York May 11, 1945.

Thanks to snobb for the addition

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If you are looking for that unmistakable sound of early bebop on vinyl and don’t want to spend a bundle, then you might want to keep an eye out for, “Dizzy Gillespie: The Small Groups {1945 - 1946}”, on the Phoenix label. This is an excellent compilation that came out in the 70s and shows up in used stores and the internet for very reasonable prices. The music on here comes from five different recording sessions, every track features Dizzy, while other tracks feature varying bebop greats such as Charlie Parker, Al Haig, Sonny Stitt, Curly Russell and more.

Side one opens with a band that is more in a pre-bop swing style, but when we hit track five, Sonny Stitt and Al Haig have stepped in to push things in a more modern direction. The big revelation all through this side is Chuck Wayne’s jaggedy swinging guitar lines. Alice Roberts guests to sing a bluesy “A Handfulla of Gimmie”, and “Blue ‘N’ Boogie” features a young Dexter Gordon on tenor sax. Side two features Charlie Parker and starts off with a band that is competent, but not quite up to what Bird n Diz are capable of. For the second half of this side, Al Haig takes the piano chair and Curly Russell picks up the bass and now we are in abstract cubist bebop heaven. The recorded sound on “Salt Peanuts” is perfect for this era, unfortunately, the next three tracks fall off a bit in the high end department, but are still enjoyable and musically superb, the best tracks on the record.

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