The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.
Share this review on
Dizzy Gillespie (full name John "Dizzy" Gillespie) was a great jazz trumpeter, having worked with many great jazz musicians, notably with Charlie Parker, and he even once played piano on some Charlie Parker recordings when Miles Davis was playing trumpet.
Watching Dizzy Gillespie play is fantastic, if also a little amusing. He has a speicially made trumpet, with the bell sticking up in the air to give him greater projection. Also, when he plays, he puffs his cheeks out a lot (as all trumpeters these days are told not to!), to allow him to do circular breathing, and it has the effect of pushing his glasses up when his cheeks puff out!
While Dizzy Gillespie showed his true skill and ability to play fast, frenetic phrases in his recordings with Charlie Parker, he also recorded with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt and Stan Getz. My favourite C.D. featuring Dizzy Gillespie is definitely Sonny Side Up, with Sonny Stitt and Sonny Rollins, because this features stunning solos from all of these players.
Overall, Dizzy Gillespie was a fantastic jazz musician, sometimes overlooked because of the fact he was around at the same time as Miles Davis. He had a lovely tone and played some incredible solos, even though his trumpet and technique were slightly unusual!
Some good C.D.'s featuring Dizzy Gillespie are: Sonny Side Up, Shaw 'Nuff, Diz and Getz, Diz and Bird at Carnegie Hall (and any Charlie Parker Recordings featuring Dizzy Gillespie)
DIZZY GILLESPIE & STAN GETZ I Grandi Incontri (1980 Italian 8-track LP featuring numbers ... more
recorded in 1953 for Verve internal pocket gatefold picture sleeve plus 8-page fold-out full colour illustrated booklet with extensive biography details inItalian. The sleeve shows only minor edge wear but the sleeve is otherwise excellent and the vinyl mint JS08) 1. It Dont Mean A Thing2. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart3. Exactly Like You4. Its The Talk Of The Town5. Impromptu6. Girl Of My Dreams7. Siboney I8. Siboney II
DIZZY GILLESPIE Diz Big Band (1957 UK 4-track 7 vinyl EP featuring a fifteen piece band ... more
including Quincy Jones Ernie Royal J.J. Johnson Lucky Thompson Hank Mobley Wade Legge Charlie Persip & more fully laminated flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just the lightest storage wear & the vinyl remains in excellent condition with just a couple of light surface scuffs to show for nearly sixty years SEB10075) Pile DriverCool EyesConfusionHob Nail Special
DIZZY GILLESPIE & HIS ORCHESTRA Volume 2 (70s French 16-track mono vinyl LP compilation of ... more
1946-49 US recordings released as Volume 34 in the Black & White series front laminated picture sleeve) A1 A Night In Tunisia 3:05A2 Ol Man Rebop 2:45A3 Ow 2:51A4 Oop-pop-a-da 3:08A5 Two Bass Hit 2:45A6 Stay On It 3:08A7 Algo Bueno 2:56A8 Overtime 4:30B1 Manteca 3:05B2 Good Bait 2:47B3 Cool Breeze 2:41B4 Cubana Be 2:42B5 Cubana Bop