Dizzy Gillespie - 1946-1948

Dizzy Gillespie - 1946-1948
Genre: Jazz
Duration: 57:58
Recording Date: June 10, 1946 - December 29, 1948
Artist: Dizzy Gillespie
Album: 1946-1948
Release Date: January 11, 2000
Styles: Bop, Jazz Instrument, Trumpet Jazz

If you're exploring Dizzy Gillespie's '40s output for the first time, the best starting point would be RCA's comprehensive two-CD set The Complete RCA Victor Recordings 1937-1949, which boasts all of the trumpeter's essential recordings from that period. But this French CD of 1999, despite its flaws, also contains its share of Gillespie gems from the '40s.

Early into the disc, one notices a major boo-boo: Tadd Dameron's "Our Delight" is listed as the first track when, in fact, it's the third.

And some essential tunes are missing -- most notably, Gillespie's famous 1946 recordings of "A Night in Tunisia" and "Anthropology." But the sound quality is decent by 78-Era standards -- Jazz Archives' digital remastering is nothing to complain about, and the material that Jazz Archives provides is first rate. In fact, "Manteca," "Woody'N You," "Good Bait," "Cubana Be, Cubana Bop," and other big band gems are an essential part of any bop collection. Gillespie proved that big bands could be relevant to bop, and some of these recordings also demonstrated that Afro-Cuban elements and bop could be a powerful combination. In fact, everyone from Cal Tjader and Ray Barretto, to Poncho Sanchez, Pucho, and Mongo Santamaria benefited greatly from the Latin jazz breakthroughs of Gillespie and percussionist Chano Pozo. But while this collection paints an impressive picture of Gillespie's '40s work, it isn't the best place to get acquainted with it. Again, novices would be much better off starting out with The Complete RCA Victor Recordings 1937-1949.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Our Delight / Tadd DameronDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra2:48
One Bass Hit / Ray Brown / Gil Fuller / Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra2:57
Ray's Idea / Ray Brown / Gil Fuller / Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra2:33
Things to Come / Gil Fuller / Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra2:25
He Beeped When He Should Have Bopped / Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra2:41
Emanon / Dizzy Gillespie / Milton ShawDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra3:11
Ow! / Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra2:59
Oop-Pop-A-Da / Dizzy Gillespie / Babs GonzalesDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra3:13
Two Bass Hit / Dizzy Gillespie / John LewisDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra2:48
Stay on It / Tadd Dameron / Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra3:14
Algo Bueno (Woody 'N' You) / Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra3:01
Cool Breeze / Tadd Dameron / Billy Eckstine / Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra2:47
Cubana Be, Cubana Bop / Dizzy Gillespie / George RussellDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra5:47
Manteca / Gil Fuller / Dizzy Gillespie / Chano PozoDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra3:07
Good Bait / Count Basie / Tadd DameronDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra2:48
Ool-Ya-Koo / Gil Fuller / Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra2:50
Minor Walk / Linton Garner / Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra2:55
I'm Be Boppin' Too / Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra2:24
Lover, Come Back to Me / Oscar Hammerstein II / Sigmund RombergDizzy Gillespie feat: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra3:30

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