DIZZY GILLESPIE

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John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (1917 –1993) was a U.S. jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and composer.

Gillespie, with Charlie Parker (Bird), was a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz He was also instrumental in founding Afro-Cuban jazz. Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and gifted improviser. In addition to his instrumental skills, Dizzy's beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, his scat singing, his bent horn and pouched cheeks, and his light-hearted personality endeared many to what was regarded as threatening and frightening music.

In his playing, Gillespie built on the "saxophonic" style of Roy Eldridge and the harmonic complexity of Charlie Parker, and then went far beyond Bird. That is, unlike his great contemporary, Dizzy made a point of enthusiastically teaching future generations (such as Miles Davis) about the convolutions of bop.

His memorable trademarks were distending his cheeks while playing (unlike most trumpet players, who are
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DIZZY GILLESPIE Discography

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DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie and His All Stars album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie and His All Stars
Big Band 1947
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie Plays & Johnny Richards Conducts (aka Grande Réserve Savoy N°2) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie Plays & Johnny Richards Conducts (aka Grande Réserve Savoy N°2)
Big Band 1950
DIZZY GILLESPIE Modern Trumpets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Modern Trumpets
Big Band 1952
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie
Bop 1952
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy In Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy In Paris
Bop 1953
DIZZY GILLESPIE Plays In Paris (aka Dizzy Gillespie Plays) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays In Paris (aka Dizzy Gillespie Plays)
Bop 1953
DIZZY GILLESPIE And His Operatic Strings Orchestra album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
And His Operatic Strings Orchestra
Bop 1953
DIZZY GILLESPIE Horn of Plenty album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horn of Plenty
Bop 1953
DIZZY GILLESPIE Jazztime Paris Vol. 1 / Dizzy Gillespie Showcase album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazztime Paris Vol. 1 / Dizzy Gillespie Showcase
Bop 1953
DIZZY GILLESPIE Jazztime Paris Vol. 2 / Dizzy Gillespie Showcase album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazztime Paris Vol. 2 / Dizzy Gillespie Showcase
Bop 1953
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Dizzy Gillespie - Stan Getz Sextet album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Dizzy Gillespie - Stan Getz Sextet
Bop 1954
DIZZY GILLESPIE Ol' Man Rebop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ol' Man Rebop
Big Band 1954
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie - Stan Getz Sextet : More Of The Diz And Getz Sextet album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie - Stan Getz Sextet : More Of The Diz And Getz Sextet
Bop 1954
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra / Dizzy Gillespie Septet : Dizzy Gillespie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra / Dizzy Gillespie Septet : Dizzy Gillespie
Bop 1955
DIZZY GILLESPIE Jazz Recital album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Recital
Bop 1955
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy and Strings (aka  Diz Big Band) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy and Strings (aka Diz Big Band)
Big Band 1955
DIZZY GILLESPIE World Statesman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
World Statesman
Big Band 1956
DIZZY GILLESPIE Jazz Creations Of Dizzy Gillespie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Creations Of Dizzy Gillespie
Bop 1956
DIZZY GILLESPIE Plays album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays
Bop 1956
DIZZY GILLESPIE Manteca (aka Afro) album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Manteca (aka Afro)
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1956
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie · Milt Jackson · Joe Carroll ‎: School Days (aka Volume 3 Of The Dizzy Gillespie Story) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie · Milt Jackson · Joe Carroll ‎: School Days (aka Volume 3 Of The Dizzy Gillespie Story)
Vocal Jazz 1957
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie's Big Band Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie's Big Band Jazz
Big Band 1957
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy At Home And Abroad album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy At Home And Abroad
Hard Bop 1957
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie And Stuff Smith album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie And Stuff Smith
Hard Bop 1957
DIZZY GILLESPIE Birks' Works album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Birks' Works
Big Band 1958
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie And His Original Orchestra album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie And His Original Orchestra
Big Band 1958
DIZZY GILLESPIE Spotlight On Dizzie Gillespie And Chuck Lewis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spotlight On Dizzie Gillespie And Chuck Lewis
Bop 1958
DIZZY GILLESPIE Duets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Duets
Hard Bop 1958
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Ebullient Mr. Gillespie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ebullient Mr. Gillespie
Hard Bop 1959
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Greatest Trumpet Of Them All album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Greatest Trumpet Of Them All
Hard Bop 1959
DIZZY GILLESPIE Have Trumpet, Will Excite! (aka L'Excitante Trompette De Dizzy Gillespie) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Have Trumpet, Will Excite! (aka L'Excitante Trompette De Dizzy Gillespie)
Hard Bop 1959
DIZZY GILLESPIE A Portrait of Duke Ellington album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
A Portrait of Duke Ellington
Big Band 1960
DIZZY GILLESPIE Gillespiana album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gillespiana
Progressive Big Band 1960
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy
Bop 1960
DIZZY GILLESPIE Le Bouillant Monsieur Gillespie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Le Bouillant Monsieur Gillespie
Hard Bop 1960
DIZZY GILLESPIE Perceptions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Perceptions
Third Stream 1961
DIZZY GILLESPIE Something Old, Something New album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Something Old, Something New
Hard Bop 1963
DIZZY GILLESPIE New Wave! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Wave!
Latin Jazz 1963
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie + The Double Six Of Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie + The Double Six Of Paris
Vocal Jazz 1963
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Goes Hollywood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Goes Hollywood
Hard Bop 1964
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Cool World (Original Score) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Cool World (Original Score)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1964
DIZZY GILLESPIE Jambo Caribe album cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
Jambo Caribe
World Fusion 1964
DIZZY GILLESPIE The New Continent album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The New Continent
Progressive Big Band 1965
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Melody Lingers On album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Melody Lingers On
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1966
DIZZY GILLESPIE It's My Way album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It's My Way
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1969
DIZZY GILLESPIE Soul & Salvation (aka Souled Out) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul & Salvation (aka Souled Out)
Soul Jazz 1969
DIZZY GILLESPIE Portrait Of Jenny album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Portrait Of Jenny
Latin Rock/Soul 1970
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Real Thing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Real Thing
Soul Jazz 1970
DIZZY GILLESPIE Cornucopia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cornucopia
RnB 1970
DIZZY GILLESPIE Giants (with Bobby Hackett / Mary Lou Williams / Grady Tate / George Duvivier) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Giants (with Bobby Hackett / Mary Lou Williams / Grady Tate / George Duvivier)
Hard Bop 1971
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Source album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Source
Soul Jazz 1973
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Giant album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Giant
Bop 1973
DIZZY GILLESPIE And The Friends album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
And The Friends
Bop 1973
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy!
Bop 1974
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Bop Session album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Bop Session
Bop 1975
DIZZY GILLESPIE Things To Come album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Things To Come
Bop 1975
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie's Big 4 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie's Big 4
Bop 1975
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra : Good Bait album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra : Good Bait
Big Band 1976
DIZZY GILLESPIE Bahiana album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bahiana
Latin Jazz 1976
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie Y Machito : Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie Y Machito : Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods
Latin Jazz 1976
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy's Party album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy's Party
Funk Jazz 1976
DIZZY GILLESPIE Free Ride album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Free Ride
RnB 1977
DIZZY GILLESPIE Havin' A Good Time In Paris Vol.1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Havin' A Good Time In Paris Vol.1
Bop 1979
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Kai Winding, Thelonious Monk, Al McKibbon, Art Blakey ‎: Giants Of Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Kai Winding, Thelonious Monk, Al McKibbon, Art Blakey ‎: Giants Of Jazz
Bop 1980
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Trumpet Summit Meets The Oscar Peterson Big 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Trumpet Summit Meets The Oscar Peterson Big 4
Hard Bop 1980
DIZZY GILLESPIE Rarities 1944/1961 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rarities 1944/1961
Vocal Jazz 1983
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie & Arturo Sandoval ‎: To A Finland Station album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie & Arturo Sandoval ‎: To A Finland Station
Latin Jazz 1983
DIZZY GILLESPIE Closer To The Source album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Closer To The Source
RnB 1984
DIZZY GILLESPIE New Faces album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
New Faces
Latin Jazz 1985
DIZZY GILLESPIE Enduring Magic (with Mitchell-Ruff Duo) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Enduring Magic (with Mitchell-Ruff Duo)
Hard Bop 1986
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie Meets The Phil Woods Quintet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie Meets The Phil Woods Quintet
Hard Bop 1987
DIZZY GILLESPIE Endlessly album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Endlessly
RnB 1988
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Symphony Sessions: August 25th, 1989 (aka A Night In Tunisia) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Symphony Sessions: August 25th, 1989 (aka A Night In Tunisia)
Big Band 1989
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Winter In Lisbon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Winter In Lisbon
Progressive Big Band 1991
DIZZY GILLESPIE Nort Sea Jazz Sessions, vol.1 (with Thad Jones, Art Farmer, Conte Candoli) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nort Sea Jazz Sessions, vol.1 (with Thad Jones, Art Farmer, Conte Candoli)
Hard Bop 1992
DIZZY GILLESPIE Impromptu album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Impromptu
Bop 2002
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie & Trio Mocotó ‎: Dizzy Gillespie No Brasil Com Trio Mocotó album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie & Trio Mocotó ‎: Dizzy Gillespie No Brasil Com Trio Mocotó
Latin Jazz 2010
DIZZY GILLESPIE Paris...Always (Volume Two) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paris...Always (Volume Two)
Bop 2013
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / Hans Koller New Jazz Stars With Jutta Hipp & Albert Mangelsdorff : NDR 60 Years Jazz Edition No. 01 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie Quintet / Hans Koller New Jazz Stars With Jutta Hipp & Albert Mangelsdorff : NDR 60 Years Jazz Edition No. 01
Hard Bop 2013

DIZZY GILLESPIE EPs & splits

DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra / Coleman Hawkins' 52nd Street All Stars ‎: New 52nd Street Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra / Coleman Hawkins' 52nd Street All Stars ‎: New 52nd Street Jazz
Bop 1946
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Dizzy Gillespie - Stan Getz Sextet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dizzy Gillespie - Stan Getz Sextet
Bop 1954
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie - Stan Getz Sextet ‎: More of the Dizzy Gillespie - Stan Getz sextet no. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie - Stan Getz Sextet ‎: More of the Dizzy Gillespie - Stan Getz sextet no. 2
Bop 1955
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Dizzy Gillespie - Stan Getz Sextet : Diz And Getz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dizzy Gillespie - Stan Getz Sextet : Diz And Getz
Bop 1956

DIZZY GILLESPIE live albums

DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy (Volume I) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy (Volume I)
Bop 1952
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy (Volume 2) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy (Volume 2)
Bop 1952
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy And His Orchestra (aka Pleyel Jazz Concert aka Pleyel 53) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy And His Orchestra (aka Pleyel Jazz Concert aka Pleyel 53)
Bop 1953
DIZZY GILLESPIE Concert In Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Concert In Paris
Big Band 1953
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie With Strings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie With Strings
Bop 1953
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Over Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Over Paris
Bop 1953
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Fabulous Pleyel Jazz Concert Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Fabulous Pleyel Jazz Concert Vol. 1
Big Band 1953
DIZZY GILLESPIE In Concert featuring Chano Pozo (aka In Concert) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
In Concert featuring Chano Pozo (aka In Concert)
Big Band 1954
DIZZY GILLESPIE Groovin' High (aka Dizzy Atmosphere aka The Great Dizzy Gillespie) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Groovin' High (aka Dizzy Atmosphere aka The Great Dizzy Gillespie)
Bop 1955
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy In Greece album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy In Greece
Big Band 1957
DIZZY GILLESPIE At Newport album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
At Newport
Big Band 1957
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Carnegie Hall Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Carnegie Hall Concert
Big Band 1961
DIZZY GILLESPIE An Electrifying Evening With The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
An Electrifying Evening With The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet
Hard Bop 1961
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy on the French Riviera album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy on the French Riviera
Latin Jazz 1962
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dateline: Europe Dizzy Gillespie In Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dateline: Europe Dizzy Gillespie In Concert
Bop 1963
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie & the Double Six of Paris album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie & the Double Six of Paris
Vocal Jazz 1963
DIZZY GILLESPIE Paris, Salle Pleyel, 28 Février 1948 (aka Dizzy Gillespie Vol. 3) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paris, Salle Pleyel, 28 Février 1948 (aka Dizzy Gillespie Vol. 3)
Big Band 1964
DIZZY GILLESPIE 3/27/65 Charlie Parker 10th Memorial Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
3/27/65 Charlie Parker 10th Memorial Concert
Hard Bop 1965
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie
Bop 1966
DIZZY GILLESPIE Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac album cover 2.54 | 3 ratings
Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac
World Fusion 1967
DIZZY GILLESPIE Live At The Village Vanguard album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Village Vanguard
Hard Bop 1967
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Dizzy Gillespie Reunion Big Band ‎: 20th And 30th Anniversary (aka Jazz Magazine) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dizzy Gillespie Reunion Big Band ‎: 20th And 30th Anniversary (aka Jazz Magazine)
Big Band 1969
DIZZY GILLESPIE In Concert (with The Mitchell-Ruff Duo) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Concert (with The Mitchell-Ruff Duo)
Post Bop 1971
DIZZY GILLESPIE A Musical Safari (Featuring Lalo Schifrin) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
A Musical Safari (Featuring Lalo Schifrin)
World Fusion 1974
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Dizzy Gillespie Big 7 At The Montreux Jazz Festival 1975 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dizzy Gillespie Big 7 At The Montreux Jazz Festival 1975
Hard Bop 1975
DIZZY GILLESPIE Gillespie Concert N.1 1950 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gillespie Concert N.1 1950
Bop 1975
DIZZY GILLESPIE Gillespie Concert 1950 N.2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gillespie Concert 1950 N.2
Bop 1975
DIZZY GILLESPIE 0.00 | 0 ratings
"Afro Cuban Bop" At The Royal Roost
Latin Jazz 1977
DIZZY GILLESPIE Live At The Downbeat Club Summer 1947 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Downbeat Club Summer 1947
Big Band 1977
DIZZY GILLESPIE Montreux '77 (aka Montreux '77: Dizzy Gillespie Jam) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Montreux '77 (aka Montreux '77: Dizzy Gillespie Jam)
Bop 1977
DIZZY GILLESPIE Live At The 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The "Spotlite '46
Big Band 1978
DIZZY GILLESPIE Digital At Montreux, 1980 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Digital At Montreux, 1980
RnB 1981
DIZZY GILLESPIE Musician-Composer-Raconteur album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Musician-Composer-Raconteur
Soul Jazz 1982
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie With Guest Recording Artist Sarah Vaughn : Body And Soul (aka Long Ago) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie With Guest Recording Artist Sarah Vaughn : Body And Soul (aka Long Ago)
Vocal Jazz 1982
DIZZY GILLESPIE Live With The Mitchell-Ruff Duo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live With The Mitchell-Ruff Duo
Post Bop 1982
DIZZY GILLESPIE One Night In Washington album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Night In Washington
Big Band 1983
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie Y Gonzalo Rubalcaba ‎– Gillespie En Vivo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie Y Gonzalo Rubalcaba ‎– Gillespie En Vivo
Latin Jazz 1985
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie Y Arturo Sandoval ‎– Gillespie En Vivo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie Y Arturo Sandoval ‎– Gillespie En Vivo
Hard Bop 1985
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie And His Big Band At Birdland : Rare Live 1956 Radio Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie And His Big Band At Birdland : Rare Live 1956 Radio Recordings
Big Band 1986
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Kai Winding, Thelonious Monk, Al McKibbon, Art Blakey ‎: Giants Of Jazz In Berlin '71 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Kai Winding, Thelonious Monk, Al McKibbon, Art Blakey ‎: Giants Of Jazz In Berlin '71
Bop 1988
DIZZY GILLESPIE Lady Be Good album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lady Be Good
Hard Bop 1989
DIZZY GILLESPIE On Tour With Dizzy Gillespie And His Big Band 1956 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
On Tour With Dizzy Gillespie And His Big Band 1956
Big Band 1989
DIZZY GILLESPIE Night In Tunisia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Night In Tunisia
Hard Bop 1989
DIZZY GILLESPIE Groovin' High album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Groovin' High
Big Band 1990
DIZZY GILLESPIE Live At The Royal Festival Hall album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Royal Festival Hall
Big Band 1990
DIZZY GILLESPIE Live, 1946 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live, 1946
Big Band 1991
DIZZY GILLESPIE Jazzbühne Berlin '81 Vol. 13 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazzbühne Berlin '81 Vol. 13
Hard Bop 1991
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Album: Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Album: Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo
Vocal Jazz 1992
DIZZY GILLESPIE To Bird With Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To Bird With Love
Hard Bop 1992
DIZZY GILLESPIE To Diz, With Love (Live At The Blue Note) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To Diz, With Love (Live At The Blue Note)
Hard Bop 1992
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie Quintet in Copenhagen Concert 1959 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie Quintet in Copenhagen Concert 1959
Hard Bop 1992
DIZZY GILLESPIE Live In Stereo At Chester, PA. June 14, 1957 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Stereo At Chester, PA. June 14, 1957
Big Band 1993
DIZZY GILLESPIE En Concert Avec Europe 1 - Olympia 24 Novembre • 1965  (aka Paris Jazz Concert: Olympia, 24 November 1965) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
En Concert Avec Europe 1 - Olympia 24 Novembre • 1965 (aka Paris Jazz Concert: Olympia, 24 November 1965)
Latin Jazz 1994
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie Featuring Lalo Schifrin ‎: En Concert Avec Europe 1 - Salle Pleyel 25 Novembre • 1960 (aka  The Gillespiana Suite - Paris Jazz Concert Salle Playel: 20 November 1960 Recorded Live By Europe 1) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie Featuring Lalo Schifrin ‎: En Concert Avec Europe 1 - Salle Pleyel 25 Novembre • 1960 (aka The Gillespiana Suite - Paris Jazz Concert Salle Playel: 20 November 1960 Recorded Live By Europe 1)
World Fusion 1995
DIZZY GILLESPIE In Milan, 1968 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Milan, 1968
Big Band 1995
DIZZY GILLESPIE In Paris - Volume 2 (aka Plays In Paris) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Paris - Volume 2 (aka Plays In Paris)
Bop 1995
DIZZY GILLESPIE Diz 'N Bird At Carnegie Hall (with Charlie Parker) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Diz 'N Bird At Carnegie Hall (with Charlie Parker)
Big Band 1997
DIZZY GILLESPIE Bird Songs: The Final Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird Songs: The Final Recordings
Big Band 1997
DIZZY GILLESPIE Live At The Royal Festival Hall, London 1987 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Royal Festival Hall, London 1987
Big Band 2000
DIZZY GILLESPIE Toronto Massey Hall 53 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Toronto Massey Hall 53
Bop 2001
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy for President album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy for President
Hard Bop 2004
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie - Charlie Parker ‎: Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie - Charlie Parker ‎: Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945
Bop 2005
DIZZY GILLESPIE Live at the 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival
World Fusion 2007
DIZZY GILLESPIE Unissued In Europe 1971 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unissued In Europe 1971
Bop 2008
DIZZY GILLESPIE Live At The Jazz Festival Bern album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Jazz Festival Bern
Bop 2009
DIZZY GILLESPIE Liederhalle Stuttgart November 27, 1961 - Kongresshalle Frankfurt November 29, 1961 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Liederhalle Stuttgart November 27, 1961 - Kongresshalle Frankfurt November 29, 1961
World Fusion 2012
DIZZY GILLESPIE Live At Ronnie Scott's, Vol. I album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Ronnie Scott's, Vol. I
Fusion 2014
DIZZY GILLESPIE Live At Ronnie Scott's, Vol. II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Ronnie Scott's, Vol. II
Fusion 2014
DIZZY GILLESPIE Live At Ronnie Scott's, Vol. III album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Ronnie Scott's, Vol. III
Fusion 2014
DIZZY GILLESPIE Live At Ronnie Scott's, Vol. IV album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Ronnie Scott's, Vol. IV
Fusion 2014
DIZZY GILLESPIE Live at Kolkata Jazz Festival album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Kolkata Jazz Festival
Hard Bop 2015
DIZZY GILLESPIE In Warsaw 1965 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Warsaw 1965
Hard Bop 2016
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie & Friends ‎: Concert Of The Century (A Tribute To Charlie Parker) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie & Friends ‎: Concert Of The Century (A Tribute To Charlie Parker)
Bop 2016
DIZZY GILLESPIE At Onkel PÖ´s Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1978 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At Onkel PÖ´s Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1978
Fusion 2017
DIZZY GILLESPIE Live At Singer Concert Hall 1973 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Singer Concert Hall 1973
Bop 2017

DIZZY GILLESPIE demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

DIZZY GILLESPIE re-issues & compilations

DIZZY GILLESPIE Diz And Getz album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Diz And Getz
Bop 1955
DIZZY GILLESPIE Blue 'n Boogie (aka Bizzy With Dizzy) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blue 'n Boogie (aka Bizzy With Dizzy)
Bop 1956
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Champ (aka The Dizzy Gillespie Story - Volume Two) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Champ (aka The Dizzy Gillespie Story - Volume Two)
Bop 1956
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Dizzy Gillespie Story (Savoy) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dizzy Gillespie Story (Savoy)
Big Band 1957
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy / Django : Jazz From Paris - Dizzy And Django album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy / Django : Jazz From Paris - Dizzy And Django
Bop 1957
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker ‎: Diz 'N' Bird In Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker ‎: Diz 'N' Bird In Concert
Bop 1959
DIZZY GILLESPIE Giants Of Modern Jazz (with Charlie Parker) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Giants Of Modern Jazz (with Charlie Parker)
Bop 1962
DIZZY GILLESPIE Volume III album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Volume III
Bop 1974
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Giant album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Giant
Bop 1975
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dee Gee Days album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dee Gee Days
Bop 1976
DIZZY GILLESPIE Girl Of My Dreams (aka Dizzy Gillespie Jam) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Girl Of My Dreams (aka Dizzy Gillespie Jam)
Bop 1977
DIZZY GILLESPIE Sweet Soul album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Sweet Soul
Soul Jazz 1977
DIZZY GILLESPIE The King Of Bop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The King Of Bop
Bop 1979
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Legendary Guild And Musicraft Sides album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Legendary Guild And Musicraft Sides
Bop 1980
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie 1944-1946 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie 1944-1946
Bop 1981
DIZZY GILLESPIE Pleyel Concert 1953 (aka Dizzy Gillespie In Paris, Volume 1 aka Paris, Salle Pleyel, February 9, 1953) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pleyel Concert 1953 (aka Dizzy Gillespie In Paris, Volume 1 aka Paris, Salle Pleyel, February 9, 1953)
Bop 1983
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Complete Pleyel Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Pleyel Concert
Bop 1984
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie Big Band: 1962 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Gillespie Big Band: 1962
Big Band 1985
DIZZY GILLESPIE Диззи Гиллеспи album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Диззи Гиллеспи
Big Band 1988
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Anonymous Mr. Gillespie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Anonymous Mr. Gillespie
Bop 1989
DIZZY GILLESPIE Lady Be Good album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lady Be Good
Bop 1989
DIZZY GILLESPIE Jazz Collector Edition album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Collector Edition
Bop 1991
DIZZY GILLESPIE Groovin' High album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Groovin' High
Bop 1992
DIZZY GILLESPIE Shaw 'Nuff album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shaw 'Nuff
Bop 1993
DIZZY GILLESPIE Verve Jazz Masters 10 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Verve Jazz Masters 10
Bop 1994
DIZZY GILLESPIE 1940 - 1941 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1940 - 1941
Bop 1995
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Complete RCA Victor Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete RCA Victor Recordings
Bop 1995
DIZZY GILLESPIE Complete Edition, Volume 3: 1941 - 1942 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Edition, Volume 3: 1941 - 1942
Bop 1995
DIZZY GILLESPIE Midnite Jazz & Blues: Dizzy Atmosphere album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Midnite Jazz & Blues: Dizzy Atmosphere
Bop 1995
DIZZY GILLESPIE Professor Bop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Professor Bop
Bop 1995
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzier And Dizzier album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzier And Dizzier
Big Band 1996
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Jazz Masters: 100 anos de Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jazz Masters: 100 anos de Jazz
Bop 1996
DIZZY GILLESPIE Complete Edition, Volume 4: 1943-1944 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Edition, Volume 4: 1943-1944
Bop 1996
DIZZY GILLESPIE Complementary Works, Volume 5: 1945 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complementary Works, Volume 5: 1945
Bop 1996
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Chronological Classics: Dizzy Gillespie 1945 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Dizzy Gillespie 1945
Bop 1996
DIZZY GILLESPIE Things to Come album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Things to Come
Bop 1996
DIZZY GILLESPIE Be Bop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Be Bop
Bop 1997
DIZZY GILLESPIE Talkin' Verve album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Talkin' Verve
Bop 1997
DIZZY GILLESPIE Greatest Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits
Bop 1997
DIZZY GILLESPIE Ultimate Dizzy Gillespie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ultimate Dizzy Gillespie
Bop 1998
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Gold Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Gold Collection
Bop 1998
DIZZY GILLESPIE Plays in Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays in Paris
Bop 1998
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Chronological Classics: Dizzy Gillespie 1946-1947 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Dizzy Gillespie 1946-1947
Bop 1998
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Quintessence New York - Chicago 1940-1947 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Quintessence New York - Chicago 1940-1947
Bop 1998
DIZZY GILLESPIE Complete Edition, Volume 7-8: 1946 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Edition, Volume 7-8: 1946
Bop 1998
DIZZY GILLESPIE Blue Moon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blue Moon
Bop 1999
DIZZY GILLESPIE Essential album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Essential
Bop 1999
DIZZY GILLESPIE Ken Burns Jazz: Definitive Dizzy Gillespie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ken Burns Jazz: Definitive Dizzy Gillespie
Bop 2000
DIZZY GILLESPIE Cubana Be, Cubana Bop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cubana Be, Cubana Bop
Bop 2000
DIZZY GILLESPIE Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthology
Bop 2000
DIZZY GILLESPIE Jazz in Paris: Cognac Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz in Paris: Cognac Blues
Bop 2001
DIZZY GILLESPIE Night In Tunisia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Night In Tunisia
Bop 2001
DIZZY GILLESPIE Manteca album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Manteca
Bop 2001
DIZZY GILLESPIE Matrix: The Perception Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Matrix: The Perception Sessions
Bop 2001
DIZZY GILLESPIE Odyssey: 1945-1952 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Odyssey: 1945-1952
Bop 2002
DIZZY GILLESPIE Jazz in Paris: Dizzy Gillespie & his Operatic Strings Orchestra album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz in Paris: Dizzy Gillespie & his Operatic Strings Orchestra
Bop 2002
DIZZY GILLESPIE Hall of Fame album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hall of Fame
Bop 2002
DIZZY GILLESPIE Professor Bebop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Professor Bebop
Bop 2002
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Dizzy Gillespie Story album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dizzy Gillespie Story
Bop 2002
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Chronological Classics: Dizzy Gillespie 1952 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Dizzy Gillespie 1952
Bop 2003
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Great Blue Star Sessions 1952-1953 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Great Blue Star Sessions 1952-1953
Bop 2004
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Chronological Classics: Dizzy Gillespie 1953 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Dizzy Gillespie 1953
Bop 2005
DIZZY GILLESPIE Gettin' Dizzy: The High Flying Dizzy Gillespie album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Gettin' Dizzy: The High Flying Dizzy Gillespie
Bop 2005
DIZZY GILLESPIE Just Jazz: Groovin' With Diz & Co. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Just Jazz: Groovin' With Diz & Co.
Bop 2005
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Chronological Classics: Dizzy Gillespie 1953-1954 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Dizzy Gillespie 1953-1954
Bop 2006
DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Digs Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dizzy Digs Paris
Bop 2006
DIZZY GILLESPIE The Verve/Philips Dizzy Gillespie Small Group Sessions (1954-64) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Verve/Philips Dizzy Gillespie Small Group Sessions (1954-64)
Bop 2006
DIZZY GILLESPIE At Newport (50th anniversary edition) album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
At Newport (50th anniversary edition)
Big Band 2007

DIZZY GILLESPIE singles (1)

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Groovin' High / Blue'n Boogie
Bop 1945

DIZZY GILLESPIE movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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In Redondo
Bop 1986

DIZZY GILLESPIE Reviews

DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie - Charlie Parker ‎: Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945

Live album · 2005 · Bop
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When this full concert of Gillespie and Parker's quintet surfaced in 2005 it was a major event. A complete and previously unknown concert recording of Bird and Diz in New York in the spring of 1945 with full length performances (not limited by the short running time of 78RPM records) was the jazz equivalent of finding the Dead Sea Scrolls. Amazingly, the acetate discs on which the concert was recorded were found in an antique store nearly 60 years later.

The Town Hall concert captures Gillespie and Parker, along with Max Roach, Al Haig and Curley Russell, as they were just beginning to take over the jazz world. Chronologically, this gig fell right in the middle of a run of studio dates that would produce the foundational texts of bebop: Groovin' High, Dizzy Atmosphere, Bebop, A Night In Tunisia and many more were all recorded in this period, some of them not yet released at the time of the concert.

The show was produced by the jazz DJ Symphony Sid Torin, and he starts off the proceedings with a spoken introduction that sounds painfully corny to modern ears. (Torin returns throughout the program. His introductions feel more like interruptions, but for better or worse, his presence helps put the listener "in the moment.") Then the music blasts off with Bebop taken at a blistering tempo. At first the horns are inaudible, but the engineer quickly got the levels dialed in, and for the rest of the concert the sound quality is surprisingly good for a 1945 live tape. The quintet comes charging out of the gate with Gillespie showing off his virtuosity and Roach dropping bass drum bombs all over the place. Don Byas also takes a sax solo on Bebop, sitting in briefly for Bird, who was running late! In the middle of Byas's solo the audience starts applauding spontaneously, signaling that the Yardbird was in the house. Parker took the next solo and nearly lit the room on fire.

The intensity level never flags through the different tempos. Bird and Diz were playing with tremendous energy and creativity, with each one picking up his solos right where the other left off. Dizzy shouts encouragement while Bird wails on A Night In Tunisia before peeling off his own red hot solo. The tempo launches back into the stratosphere for Salt Peanuts, including an extended solo by Roach. Sid Catlett sits in on drums for the last couple of numbers, and he must have been a fan favorite because he was greeted with raucous applause. Catlett gets his own solo feature on Hot House before the quintet ends with a short version of what was already the traditional closing number of the bop era, Thelonious Monk's 52nd Street Theme.

The concert was issued only on CD by the independent label Uptown Records. The liner notes include an essay by Ira Gitler about the concert and his memories of the early days of bebop, along with plenty of photos, reproductions of contemporary ads and press clippings about the concert, and notes on how the recordings were finally found.

The 1953 Massey Hall concert is probably the best known live document of Bird and Dizzy together. By the time of that recording they were major stars of jazz and exerting influence on all who followed. But on the Town Hall concert of 1945, we can hear Parker and Gillespie in extended performances for the first time when they were still young and hungry, two young lions about to set the jazz world on fire.

DIZZY GILLESPIE Diz And Getz

Boxset / Compilation · 1955 · Bop
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“Diz and Getz” is a re-issue that combines two previous albums, “The Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz Sextet” and “More of the Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz Sextet”. “The Dizzy Gillespie-Stan Getz Sextet” may not seem like a particularly imaginative album title, but when that album came out in the early 50s, grouping those two artists together was all it took to grab people’s attention in anticipation of what they may come up with. In those days, Dizzy was the master of east coast high energy be-bop, while Getz was the king of west coast cool, this may have seemed like an unlikely pairing at first, but when they recorded together, they meshed and pushed each other to come up with a sum that was even greater than its talented parts. Adding to the attention grabbing aspects of the record, the backup band is an all-star one with Max Roach on drums, Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Herb Ellis on guitar.

“Diz and Getz” opens on fire as they take on a high speed bopped out version of Ellington’s “It don’t Mean a Thing…”, Getz shows he can hang with some of the best high speed soloists of the time as his fiery solo is sandwiched in between Dizzy and Oscar’s euphoric rides. This number is followed by the recognizable melody of Ellington’s “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart”, which finds the band in a more relaxed mode. This swing groove will also carry over to the following track, “Exactly Like You”. On both of these numbers Dizzy often plays in a softer mode, possibly a nod to Stan’s west coast sensibilities. Throughout the entire record, Stan and Diz engage in creative interplay, often both will state a melody at the same time, in their own style, which then comes together in unexpected ways. Max Roach’s interesting and unorthodox approach to the drums also adds to that element of surprise. The first side of “Diz and Getz” closes with the ballad, “Talk of the Town”, on which Getz’s main talent shows through. At this time he was already becoming known as one of the smoothest ballad players since Lester Young, who happened to be his main influence.

Side two of “Diz and Getz” opens with a high speed blues-bop jam that builds in intensity as the solos are passed from Oscar to Herb, then Stan and finally Dizzy. When Gillespie hits his ride, Herb Ellis’ loud ferocious comping pushes Dizzy to new heights in a wonderfully chaotic buildup. This track is followed by a mellow blues original by Dizzy which he recorded with a different lineup from the all-star cast that makes up the rest of this album. This doesn’t mean there is a drop off in the quality of the playing though, Oscar Peterson may be a technically brilliant player, but Wade Legge’s more lyrical approach may be more interesting. The third cut, “Girl of my Dreams”, continues with the mellow vibe, this time with the all-star support group back on board. The final two cuts are two different versions of “Siboney”, first played as an up-tempo bop number, and secondly, in a Latin jazz style. These final two tracks are possibly the highlight of the album as Stan and Dizzy both turn in inspired solos. Its also interesting to note that Stan and Diz will continue their interest in Latin jazz, with Diz going in an Afro-Cuban direction, while Stan will pursue the Bossa-Nova fad.

DIZZY GILLESPIE Dizzy Gillespie - Stan Getz Sextet : More Of The Diz And Getz Sextet

Album · 1954 · Bop
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The late 1953 recording session that brought us “The Dizzy Gillespie-Stan Getz Sextet” yielded enough top notch material that the folks at Verve quickly followed that one with “More of the Diz and Getz Sextet”, which was made up of four more tracks from that initial recording session, plus one newer track that Dizzy recorded with a different band. The quality of the tracks on “More of Diz and Getz” is fairly comparable to the first album, if they are slightly lesser tracks, it isn’t by much.

This album opens with a high speed blues-bop jam that builds in intensity as the solos are passed from Oscar to Herb, then Stan and finally Dizzy. When Gillespie hits his ride, Herb Ellis’ loud ferocious comping pushes Dizzy to new heights in a wonderfully chaotic buildup. This track is followed by a mellow blues original by Dizzy which he recorded with a different lineup from the all-star cast that makes up the rest of this album. This doesn’t mean there is a drop off in the quality of the playing though, Oscar Peterson may be a technically brilliant player, but Wade Legge’s more lyrical approach may be more interesting. The third cut, “Girl of my Dreams”, continues with the mellow vibe, this time with the all-star support group back on board. The final two cuts are two different versions of “Siboney”, first played as an up-tempo bop number, and secondly, in a Latin jazz style. These final two tracks are probably the highlight of the album as Stan and Dizzy both turn in inspired solos. Its also interesting to note that Stan and Diz will continue their interest in Latin jazz, with Diz going in an Afro-Cuban direction, while Stan will pursue the Bossa-Nova fad.

In later years, these two different albums of material by this sextet will be combined into one album under various re-issue titles. Whatever the title, any of these albums are highly recommended for fans of high quality be-bop.

DIZZY GILLESPIE The Dizzy Gillespie - Stan Getz Sextet

Album · 1954 · Bop
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“The Dizzy Gillespie-Stan Getz Sextet” may not seem like a particularly imaginative album title, but when this album came out in the early 50s, grouping those two artists together was all it took to grab people’s attention in anticipation of what they may come up with. In those days, Dizzy was the master of east coast high energy be-bop, while Getz was the king of west coast cool, this may have seemed like an unlikely pairing at first, but when they recorded together, they meshed and pushed each other to come up with a sum that was even greater than its talented parts. Adding to the attention grabbing aspects of this record, the backup band is an all-star one with Max Roach on drums, Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Herb Ellis on guitar.

The album opens on fire as they take on a high speed bopped out version of Ellington’s “It don’t Mean a Thing…”, Getz shows he can hang with some of the best high speed soloists of the time as his fiery solo is sandwiched in between Dizzy and Oscar’s euphoric rides. This number is followed by the recognizable melody of Ellington’s “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart”, which finds the band in a more relaxed mode. This swing groove will also carry over to the following track, “Exactly Like You”. On both of these numbers Dizzy often plays in a softer mode, possibly a nod to Stan’s west coast sensibilities. Throughout the entire record, Stan and Diz engage in creative interplay, often both will state a melody at the same time in their own style which then comes together in unexpected ways. Max Roach’s interesting and unorthodox approach to the drums also adds to that element of surprise. The album closes with the ballad, “Talk of the Town”, on which Getz’s main talent shows through as he was already becoming known as one of the smoothest ballad players since Lester Young.

This is an ‘album’ from the early days, which means a 10” record and about twenty minutes of music. In later years, this record, plus other material that was recorded that day, will come out on various LPs, often with tiles such as “Diz and Getz”. This session features some of the best jazz musicians of all time in a one time only get together, and they don’t disappoint as they work together as if they had been together a long time. Its the relaxed and creative musical conversation that takes place among the participants that puts this album on the 'genius' level.

DIZZY GILLESPIE At Newport

Live album · 1957 · Big Band
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The original “Dizzy Gillespie at Newport” is an excellent CD, but its no match for the 50th anniversary re-issue. The 50th Anniversary edition of “Dizzy Gillespie at Newport” is another one of those CD re-issues that adds enough new material to make it a significant improvement over the original. The original version of “At Newport” did not include the songs that Gillespie’s band performed with Mary Lou Williams that day, those songs instead showed up on a split EP with Count Basie. The 50th Anniversary edition brings all the songs together and you can now hear the entire show, although the songs are not in the right order as they happened that day. Having said that, this review will deal only with the original CD, which is good enough in its own right.

“Dizzy at Newport” contains some of the hottest playing you will ever hear from Dizzy and his band, or anyone else for that matter. Unlike the swing based bands of Ellington, Basie and others, Dizzy’s band was the be-bop big band; their tempos were fast, their unison lines a blur of speed and their solos displayed a new formidable modern technique. The opening tune, “Dizzy’s Blues”, busts out of the gate with Dizzy leading the charge with an incredible fiery hot solo relentlessly pushing the beat forward. Wynton Kelly’s jagged piano backup adds to the beautiful chaos. Dizzy tended to gear his shows towards the general public, not just die hard jazz fans, so there is always an upbeat easy going crowd pleasing nature to his shows, along with a good dose of humor. Whether or not Gillespie’s humor gets to be too silly or over done sometimes is a matter of taste.

After the fierce opener, follow up tune, “School Days”, is provided as a sure crowd pleaser with Dizzy doing silly school boy raps over a jump blues/rock-n-roll beat. “Manteca” is intense Latin Jazz and “Cool Breeze” brings back the fast energy of the opener. In between those two you get a beautifully orchestrated version of “I Remember Clifford”. For a live big band recording in the late 50s, the sound quality on here is not too bad, but not remarkably good either.

As mentioned earlier, the salient features of these six tracks are pure energy and instrumental fire, few performers can take a tune to the next level the way Dizzy can with a solo. This original album is good enough, but if you can get the 50th anniversary re-issue, go for it. The extra cuts with Mary Lou Williams show a whole different side of the band as they tackle William’s ambitious 3rd stream “Zodiac Suite".

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