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Dizzy Gillespie and His Big Band in Concert (Live)

Dizzy Gillespie

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Album Review

The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band was the most innovative jazz orchestra of 1946-1949, proof that bebop was not exclusively a small-group music. All of its recordings are well worth acquiring and this particular CD gives one a well-rounded picture of the orchestra at a concert before an enthusiastic crowd. With prominence given to James Moody's tenor, Cecil Payne on baritone, and Chano Pozo on congas (he was killed a short time after this performance) in addition to the remarkable leader/trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie & His Big Band are heard at their absolute prime. Versions of "Good Bait," "One Bass Hit," and "Manteca" are among the highlights of this recommended CD.

Biography

Born: 21 October 1917 in Cheraw, SC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time (some would say the best), Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ended up copying Miles Davis and Fats Navarro instead, and it was not until Jon Faddis' emergence in the 1970s that Dizzy's style was successfully recreated. Somehow, Gillespie could make any "wrong" note fit, and harmonically he was ahead of everyone in the 1940s, including Charlie Parker. Unlike Bird, Dizzy was...
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