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Dizzy Gillespie|Dizzy's Big 4 [Original Jazz Classics Remasters]

Dizzy's Big 4 [Original Jazz Classics Remasters]

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Dizzy Gillespie omits a piano on these 1974 sessions, but it is never missed due to the potent rhythm section supplied by guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Mickey Roker. Starting with the inspired, occasionally funky Latin-flavored "Frelimo" (which features the leader on both muted and open trumpet), Gillespie is in top form. His deliberate treatment of the forgotten chestnut "Hurry Home" is a lyrical gem, while the breezy setting of the standard "Russian Lullaby" bubbles with excitement. But the fireworks take place in the rapid-fire performance of Gillespie's "Be Bop (Dizzy's Fingers)," in which Pass seems to play at an impossible tempo. Just as much fun is the sassy, intricate interpretation of the trumpeter's blues "Birk's Works," powered by Brown's potent bass, along with the hip updated treatment of Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz." This is easily one of Dizzy Gillespie's best small-group recordings from the latter portion of his career.
© Ken Dryden /TiVo

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1
Frelimo
00:08:14

RAY BROWN, Bass Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Roker, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dizzy Gillespie, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Pass, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 2013 Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Hurry Home
00:06:28

Bob Emmerich, ComposerLyricist - RAY BROWN, Bass Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Roker, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dizzy Gillespie, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Pass, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Meyer, ComposerLyricist - Buddy Bernier, ComposerLyricist - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 2013 Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
Russian Lullaby
00:06:53

Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - RAY BROWN, Bass Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Roker, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dizzy Gillespie, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Pass, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 2013 Concord Music Group, Inc.

4
Be Bop (Dizzy's Fingers)
00:04:31

RAY BROWN, Bass Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Roker, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dizzy Gillespie, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Pass, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 2013 Concord Music Group, Inc.

5
Birks' Works
00:08:56

RAY BROWN, Bass Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Roker, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dizzy Gillespie, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Pass, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 2013 Concord Music Group, Inc.

6
September Song
00:02:52

Kurt Weill, ComposerLyricist - RAY BROWN, Bass Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Roker, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dizzy Gillespie, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Maxwell Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Joe Pass, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 2013 Concord Music Group, Inc.

7
Jitterbug Waltz
00:06:55

RAY BROWN, Bass Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Fats Waller, ComposerLyricist - Mickey Roker, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dizzy Gillespie, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Pass, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 2013 Concord Music Group, Inc.

8
Russian Lullaby (Take 6, Alternate) (Take 6 / Alternate Version)
00:06:17

Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - RAY BROWN, Bass Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Roker, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dizzy Gillespie, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Pass, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 2013 Concord Music Group, Inc.

9
Jitterbug Waltz (Take 3, Alternate) (Take 3 / Alternate Version)
00:06:57

RAY BROWN, Bass Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Fats Waller, ComposerLyricist - Mickey Roker, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dizzy Gillespie, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Pass, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 2013 Concord Music Group, Inc.

Album review

Dizzy Gillespie omits a piano on these 1974 sessions, but it is never missed due to the potent rhythm section supplied by guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Mickey Roker. Starting with the inspired, occasionally funky Latin-flavored "Frelimo" (which features the leader on both muted and open trumpet), Gillespie is in top form. His deliberate treatment of the forgotten chestnut "Hurry Home" is a lyrical gem, while the breezy setting of the standard "Russian Lullaby" bubbles with excitement. But the fireworks take place in the rapid-fire performance of Gillespie's "Be Bop (Dizzy's Fingers)," in which Pass seems to play at an impossible tempo. Just as much fun is the sassy, intricate interpretation of the trumpeter's blues "Birk's Works," powered by Brown's potent bass, along with the hip updated treatment of Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz." This is easily one of Dizzy Gillespie's best small-group recordings from the latter portion of his career.
© Ken Dryden /TiVo

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