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The lineup was something like Murderers' Row of the 1927 Yankees-Dizzie Gilsespie on trumpet, and Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt on tenor saxes. Diz plays with his usual flair, but it's the tenor men who tear it up here. Their amazing flights of fancy on "The Eternal Triangle" mayb be the greatest sax duel ever recorded. The result of their battle is a dead-even tie, which makes the listener the winner. This is some of the most explosive jazz to come out of the hard-bop era.

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$10 bucks for 38 minutes of some of the best be-bop ever blown seems like a great deal to me. This album was recorded on December 19, 1957, to answer that question. Sonny Stitt takes the first solo on "The Sunny Side of the Street," to put in my 2 cents on that one. These duelling tenors have such distinctive styles, it's really pretty simple to tell them apart, though I have to admit things do get pretty fast and furious on "The Eternal Triangle." These three were obviously having a great time with Diz as ringleader spurring the saxes on with his mad, boppin' trumpet and even SINGING(!) a la Armstrong. Just get it and dig it people.

Reply to pk mac

First of all, this album is probably the most brilliant jazz material I have ever heard. "The Eternal Triangle" is arguably the greatest jazz recording of all time, very possibly the greatest tenor battle ever recorded. But in response to pk mac and to Anonymous's questions, this is from 1957--I hope that isn't up for debate--and Stitt blows first. If you're having trouble distinguishing sounds, as is possible on this track, listen to the STYLES of improvisation. Stitt plays according to the Gospel of Bebop, Rollins goes out on a limb in invention. This applies to all the tracks on this record--very, very different styles and executions, and each has its advantages (e.g. Stitt's facile adherence in "Triangle" heats up fast and perfectly nails the changes) and disadvantages (e.g. Stitt's technical execution in "After Hours" has far less feeling than Rollin's spacey, open style and comes off less memorable in a 6/8 feel blues).

Oh my God

Pure incredible talent and genius. The sax battle on The Eternal Triangle is the best I have ever heard. Dizzy keeps up as well. On the Sunny Side of the Street is great! A must have!


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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