Dizzy Gillespie - trumpet & vocal with various ensembles and personnel
including Lucky Thompson, Don Byas, John Coltrane, Cecil Payne, Milt
Jackson, Ray Brown, Percy Heath, Kenny Clarke and Chano Pozo.Recorded
1946 - 1952
1. 52nd Street Theme
3. Diggin' For Diz
4. Dynamo A ( Dizzy Atmosphere )
5. Two Bass Hit
6. Ow !
7. Cool Breeze
8. Cubana Be
9. Cubana Bop
11. I Should Care
12. Birk's Works
13. Swing Low Sweet Cadillac
16. Tin Tin Deo
17. Umbrella Man
19. Pop's Confessin' ( I'm Confessin' )
20. Jump – Did-Le-Ba
This is a fascinating issue in a number of
ways. The first thing that struck me was that there is nowhere any
of the collaborations between the leader and Charlie Parker (admirable
as they may be) . Instead we are treated to an excellent mixture of
small group and big band selections featuring a plethora of famous
and lesser-known soloists. The variety of numbers here ranges from
bop to standards to novelty. Permeating the whole is the good-natured
vocalising and crackling trumpet outings of Dizzy Gillespie.
The first two selections contain superb tenor
playing from the almost forgotten Don Byas . The next two tracks have
more of the same, this time from the equally ignored Lucky Thompson.
All of the above are enhanced by the presence of Milt Jackson on the
vibes. " Birk’s Works" and " Tin Tin Deo" are
some of the earliest recordings made by John Coltrane and he plays
both the alto and tenor saxophones.
Comedy numbers such as "Umbrella Man"
and "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac" are still highly enjoyable
after the passage of the years and it is interesting to hear the latter
in an early version rather than in the more famous sixties remake
which utilised Gillespie’s working group including James Moody.
Of the big band recordings there are some
particularly fine early examples of the Afro-Cuban style featuring
congalero Chano Pozo such as "Cubano Bop" and "Manteca".
"I Should Care" has a beautiful vocal chorus from Johnny
This is essential listening for anyone interested
in the early days of modern jazz and is truly excellent value for