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Dizzy Gillespie and His Big Band

Album: Dizzy Gillespie and His Big Band: In Concert
# Song Title   Time
1)    Emanon
2)    Ool-Ya-Koo
3)    Good Bait
4)    Round About Midnight
5)    Stay on It
6)    One Bass Hit
7)    I Can't Get Started
8)    Manteca
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet); Ernie Henry, John Brown (alto saxophone); James Moody, Joe Gayles (tenor saxophone); Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Dave Burns, Elmon Wright, Willie Cook (trumpet); Jesse Tarrant, Bill Sheperd (trombone); James Foreman (piano); Nelson Boyd (bass); Teddy Stewart (drums); Chano Pozo (congas).
  • Recorded live at the Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California on July 19, 1948. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather and Gene Norman.
  • 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 hearing and this particular set gives listeners 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 date. ~ Scott Yanow
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (4/1/94, p.55) - "...The audacity, the elan of Dizzy Gillespie at his peak--with his ideas amplified by a big band considered revolutionary in its day--still dazzle 46 years after these recordings were made...."
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