Personnel includes: Dizzy Gillespie (vocals, trumpet); James Moody (vocals, tenor saxophone); Chano Pozo (vocals, congas); Cab Calloway (vocals); Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Chu Berry, Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt (tenor saxophone); Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Maurio Bauza, Lee Morgan (trumpet); Tyree Glenn (trombone, vibraphone); Trummy Young, Al Grey (trombone); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); John Lewis, Thelonious Monk, Wynton Kelly, Ray Bryant, Lalo Schiffrin (piano); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Milt Hinton, Oscar Pettiford, Slam Stewart, Ray Brown, Curley Russell, Percy Heath (bass); Cozy Cole, Max Roach, Shelly Manne, Kenny Clarke, Buddy Rich, Charli Persip (drums).
Recorded between 1940 and 1967. Includes liner notes by Brian Priestly.
Digitally remastered by Kevin Reeves (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
This is part of the Verve Records Ken Burns JAZZ series.
Personnel: Dizzy Gillespie (vocals, trumpet); James Moody (vocals, tenor saxophone); Chano Pozo (vocals, congas); Cab Calloway (vocals); Danny Barker , Elek Bacsik, Steve Jordan , Kenny Burrell, Remo Palmieri (guitar); Andrew Brown (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Leonard Lowry, Ernie Henry, Howard E. Johnson , Hal McKusick, Hilton Jefferson, Jerry Blake, Johnny Bothwell, Jimmy Powell , John Brown, Leo Parker, Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Chu Berry, Don Byas, Warren Luckey, Walter "Foots" Thomas, Joe Gayles, Big Nick Nicholas, Joe Megro, John Coltrane, Al Cohn, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Benny Golson, Billy Mitchell , Ray Abrams (tenor saxophone); Billy Root, Serge Chaloff, Pee Wee Moore, Budd Johnson, Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Walter Robertson (trumpet, trombone); Talib Dawud, Dave Burns, Tommy Allison, Lammar Wright, Jr., Ed Van Dever, Vic Coulson, Lee Morgan, Mario Bauz , Benny Bailey, Benny Harris , John Lynch , Elmon Wright, Stan Fishelson, E.V. Perry, Carl Warwick (trumpet); Tyree Glenn (trombone, vibraphone); Jack Carmen, Bill Shepherd , Alton Moore, Gordon Thomas, Leon Comegys, Ted Kelly, Keg Johnson, Al Grey, Melba Liston, Quentin Jackson, Trummy Young, Ollie Wilson (trombone); Rod Levitt (bass trombone); John Lewis, Clyde Hart, Ike Carpenter, Lalo Schifrin , Mike Longo, Ray Bryant, Thelonious Monk, Wynton Kelly, Benny Payne (piano); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Frank Schifano (electric bass); Cozy Cole, Kansas Fields, Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Rudy Collins, Shelly Manne, Otis Finch, Buddy Rich, Charlie Persip (drums); Pepito Riestria, Calypso Boys (percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Brian Priestley; Peter Keepnews.
Recording information: 03/08/1940-05/26/1967.
Photographers: William Gottlieb; Herman Leonard.
Arrangers: Dizzy Gillespie; Don Byas; Ernie Wilkins; Gil Fuller; Lalo Schifrin .
It's impossible to grasp the complete scope of trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and showman Dizzy Gillespie's influence on jazz. However, this companion release to Ken Burns' PBS documentary Jazz is an admirable attempt, providing a brief glimpse of Dizzy's pioneering bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz brilliance on a single 16-track disc. The disc captures his early sideman career with Cab Calloway's orchestra in 1940 and four years later with Coleman Hawkins' orchestra. The remaining tracks showcase Dizzy coming into his own on classic bebop compositions "Salt Peanuts," "A Night in Tunisia," "Dizzy Atmosphere," "Groovin' High," "Manteca," and "Bloomdido." Also included is "The Eternal Triangle," a 1957 blowing date with Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt on Verve. The disc concludes in 1967 with Dizzy hamming it up on "Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac," the humorous take on "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." While Dizzy Gillespie's history can't be summed up on a single disc, the highlights on Ken Burns Jazz should make the novice listener interested enough to continue searching out more material. But this series includes nothing that the aficionado doesn't already have. ~ Al Campbell