Dizzy gillespie and his orchestra - dizzy in greece
Born John Birks Gillespie in Cheraw, South Carolina, on 21 October 1917, Dizzy Gillespie was at the cutting edge of the bebop jazz phenomenon in the 1940s, often considered the most radical and vital music of its time. Bebop is characterized by its high energy tempos and rapid key changes, complex chord progressions, and dazzling improvisations around a melody.
Dizzy Gillespie 's career was very well documented from 1945 on, particularly on Musicraft, Dial, and RCA in the 1940s; Verve in the 1950s; Philips and Limelight in the 1960s; and Pablo in later years.
"Michael Clarke was not out at the other end, and was very happy for me. As we walked off (we declared) I decided to give the young Pup a piece of advice after our embrace.
With a strong sense of pride in his Afro-American heritage, he left a legacy of musical excellence that embraced and fused all musical forms, but particularly those forms with roots deep in Africa such as the music of Cuba, other Latin American countries, and the Caribbean. Additionally, he left a legacy of goodwill and good humor that infused jazz musicians and fans throughout the world with the genuine sense of jazz’s ability to transcend national and ethnic boundaries. For this reason, Gillespie was, and is, an international treasure.
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.