1995, Music

The Complete RCA Victor Recordings 1937-1949 (1995) by Dizzy Gillespie

Gillespie is probably the greatest trumpet player ever, but this is the first time I’ve really gotten into his discography, a major oversight on my part.

These sides cover both Gillespie’s band and some session work he did over slightly more than a decade, when he was literally changing the nature of jazz. They don’t include the most revolutionary stuff he made in the early ’40s – that must have been for another label – but they do show off how he helped transition jazz from big band / swing to bop.

Gillespie’s solos are like nothing else anyone had ever heard on a trumpet. (It is generally accepted by jazz historians that he was so good that it took 40 years for another trumpeter to be able to match him at a technical level.) And though some of these sessions are still from the big band era, it’s clear that Gillespie had moved on in his playing. This – along with the work of Monk, Parker and maybe a few others – is the birth of bop, the dominant form of jazz ever since.

But it’s not just that, it also contains music that represents the birth of Afro-Cuban jazz, a major jazz sub-genre to this day. By bringing Latin percussion into his band, Gillespie expanded what was possible, both at an instrumental level and at a theory level, and such experimentation no doubt led others to make even more drastic experiments in the future.

Absolutely essential music to anyone interested in the evolution of jazz.

Also, if you like your jazz swingy, dance-able and in brief, digestible nuggets, this is great too.

10/10

Disc 1

  1. “Manteca” (Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Fuller) – 3:06
  2. “Anthropology” [Take 2] (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie) – 2:53
  3. “King Porter Stomp” (Jelly Roll Morton) – 3:04
  4. “Yours and Mine” (Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown) – 2:41
  5. “Blue Rhythm Fantasy” (Chappie Willett, Teddy Hill) – 2:42
  6. “Hot Mallets” – (Lionel Hampton) – 2:17
  7. “52nd Street Theme” [Take 1] (Thelonious Monk) – 3:13
  8. “52nd Street Theme” [Take 2] (Monk) – 3:05
  9. “A Night in Tunisia” [Take 1] (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli) – 3:07
  10. “A Night in Tunisia” [Incomplete Take] (Gillespie, Paparelli) – 2:05
  11. “Ol’ Man Rebop” (Leonard Feather) – 2:44
  12. “Anthropology” [Take 1] (Parker, Gillespie) – 2:37
  13. “Ow!” – 2:56
  14. “Oop-Pop-A-Da” (Babs Gonzales) – 3:12
  15. “Two Bass Hit” (Dizzy Gillespie, John Lewis) – 2:56
  16. “Stay On It” (Dizzy Gillespie, Tadd Dameron) – 3:13
  17. “Algo Bueno (Woody ‘n You)” – 2:59
  18. “Cool Breeze” (Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Tadd Dameron) – 2:48
  19. “Cubana Be” – 2:41
  20. “Cubana Bop” – 3:17
  21. “Ool-Ya-Koo” (Gillespie, Fuller) – 2:52
  22. “Minor Walk” (Gillespie, Linton Garner) – 2:44

Disc 2

  1. “Good Bait” (Count Basie, Tadd Dameron) – 2:46
  2. “Guarachi Guaro” – 3:12
  3. “Duff Capers” (Garner) – 3:10
  4. “Lover, Come Back to Me” (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg) – 3:32
  5. “I’m Be Boppin’ Too” [Take 1] (Lorraine Gillespie) – 2:18
  6. “Swedish Suite” (Fuller) – 2:56
  7. “St. Louis Blues” (W. C. Handy) – 3:07
  8. “I Should Care” (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn) – 3:03
  9. “That Old Black Magic” (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 2:40
  10. “You Go to My Head” (Haven Gillespie, J. Fred Coots) – 3:01
  11. “Jump Did-Le Ba” – 2:28
  12. “Dizzier and Dizzier” (Count Basie, Gerald Wilson) – 3:06
  13. “I’m Be Boppin’ Too” Take 2 (Lorraine Gillespie) – 2:22
  14. “Hey Pete! Let’s Eat More Meat” (Buster Harding, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Peterson) – 3:01
  15. “Jumpin’ with Symphony Sid” (Lester Young) – 3:03
  16. “If Love Is Trouble” (George Handy, Jack Segal) – 3:43
  17. “In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee” (Mary Lou Williams, Milt Orent) – 2:36
  18. “Overtime” [Shorter Take] (Pete Rugolo) – 3:06
  19. “Overtime” [Longer Take] (Pete Rugolo) – 4:31
  20. “Victory Ball” [Shorter Take] (Lennie Tristano) – 2:40
  21. “Victory Ball” [Longer Take] (Tristano) – 4:12
  • Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet, vocals
  • Trumpet:
    • Benny Bailey (tracks: 1-1, 1-17 to 2-1),
    • Benny Harris (tracks: 2-6 to 2-17),
    • Bill Dillard (tracks: 1-3 to 1-5),
    • Dave Burns (tracks: 1-1, 1-13 to 2-5),
    • Elmon Wright (tracks: 1-1, 1-13 to 2-17),
    • Fats Navarro (tracks: 2-18, 2-19, 2-21),
    • Lammar Wright, Jr. (tracks: 1-1, 1-17 to 2-1),
    • Matthew McKay (tracks: 1-13 to 1-16),
    • Miles Davis (tracks: 2-18, 2-19, 2-21),
    • Ray Orr (tracks: 1-13 to 1-16),
    • Shad Collins (tracks: 1-3 to 1-5),
    • Willie Cook (tracks: 2-2 to 2-17)
  • Trombone:
    • Andy Duryea (tracks: 2-2 to 2-17),
    • William Shepherd (tracks: 1-1, 1-13 to 2-1),
    • Charles Greenlea (tracks: 2-14 to 2-17),
    • Dicky Wells (tracks: 1-3 to 1-5),
    • J. J. Johnson (tracks: 2-14 to 2-19, 2-21),
    • Jesse Tarrant (tracks: 2-2 to 2-13),
    • Kai Winding (tracks: 2-18 to 2-21),
    • Sam Hurt (tracks: 2-2 to 2-13),
    • Taswell Baird (tracks: 1-13 to 1-16),
    • Ted Kelly (tracks: 1-1, 1-17 to 2-1)
  • Buddy DeFranco – clarinet (tracks: 2-18 to 2-21)
  • Alto Saxophone:
    • Benny Carter (tracks: 1-6),
    • Charlie Parker (tracks: 2-18 to 2-21),
    • Ernie Henry (tracks: 2-2 to 2-17),
    • Howard Johnson (tracks: 1-1, 1-3 to 1-5, 1-13 to 2-1),
    • John Brown (tracks: 1-1, 1-13 to 2-17),
    • Russell Procope (tracks: 1-3 to 1-5)
  • Tenor Saxophone:
    • Ben Webster (tracks: 1-6),
    • Big Nick Nicholas (tracks: 1-1, 1-17 to 2-1),
    • Budd Johnson (tracks: 2-2 to 2-5),
    • Charlie Ventura (tracks: 2-18 to 2-21),
    • Coleman Hawkins (tracks: 1-6),
    • Don Byas (tracks: 1-7 to 1-11),
    • James Moody (tracks: 1-13 to 1-16),
    • Joe Gayles (tracks: 1-1, 1-13 to 2-17),
    • Chu Berry (tracks: 1-6),
    • Robert Carroll (tracks: 1-3 to 1-5),
    • Teddy Hill (tracks: 1-3 to 1-5),
    • Yusef Lateef (tracks: 2-6 to 2-17)
  • Baritone Saxophone:
    • Al Gibson (tracks: 2-6 to 2-17),
    • Cecil Payne (tracks: 1-1, 1-13 to 2-5),
    • Ernie Caceres (tracks: 2-18, 2-19, 2-21)
  • Guitar:
    • Bill DeArango (tracks: 1-2, 1-7 to 1-12),
    • Billy Bauer (tracks: 2-18 to 2-21),
    • Charlie Christian (tracks: 1-6),
    • John Collins (tracks: 1-13 to 1-16),
    • John Smith (tracks: 1-3 to 1-5)
  • Piano:
    • Al Haig (tracks: 1-2, 1-7 to 1-12),
    • Clyde Hart (tracks: 1-6),
    • James Forman (tracks: 2-2 to 2-17),
    • John Lewis (tracks: 1-1, 1-13 to 2-1),
    • Lennie Tristano (tracks: 2-18 to 2-21),
    • Sam Allen (tracks: 1-3 to 1-5)
  • Vibraphone:
    • Lionel Hampton (tracks: 1-6),
    • Milt Jackson (tracks: 1-2, 1-7 to 1-16)
  • Bass:
    • Al McKibbon (tracks: 1-1, 1-17 to 2-17),
    • Eddie Safranski (tracks: 2-18 to 2-21),
    • Milt Hinton (tracks: 1-6),
    • Ray Brown (tracks: 1-2, 1-7 to 1-16)
    • Richard Fullbright (tracks: 1-3 to 1-5)
  • Drums:
    • Bill Beason (tracks: 1-3 to 1-5)
    • Cozy Cole (tracks: 1-6),
    • J. C. Heard (tracks: 1-2, 1-7 to 1-12),
    • Joe Harris (tracks: 1-13 to 1-16),
    • Kenny Clarke (tracks: 1-1, 1-17 to 2-1),
    • Shelly Manne (tracks: 2-18 to 2-21),
    • Teddy Stewart (tracks: 2-2 to 2-17)
  • Chano Pozo – congas, bongos, vocals (tracks: 1-1, 1-17 to 2-1)
  • Sabu Martinez – bongos (tracks: 2-2 to 2-5)
  • Congas:
    • Joe Harris (tracks: 2-2 to 2-5),
    • Vince Guerra (tracks: 2-6 to 2-17)
  • Vocals:
    • Bill Dillard (tracks: 1-4),
    • Joe Carroll (tracks: 2-11, 2-14, 2-17),
    • Johnny Hartman (tracks: 2-8 to 2-10, 2-16),
    • Kenny Hagood (tracks: 1-14, 1-18, 1-21) – vocals

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