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Album Review

This budget LP gives no personnel or date information so one gets what they pay for. Actually the half-hour of music is generally quite rewarding. Dizzy Gillespie is teamed with expatriate tenor Don Byas on "Blue and Sentimental" and fronts a rhythm section for strong versions of "Sleepy Time Down South" and "Blue Moon." The other seven tracks find Gillespie performing with "his Operatic Strings" but the results are much more exhilarating than one might fear. He does not let the arrangements inhibit him and he plays brilliantly throughout. This music deserves better treatment than was given it by Everest (it should be reissued complete and in chronological order with all of the discographical data) but, if found at a cheap price, get this.


Born: October 21, 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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