Dizzy Gillespie

In the Beginning

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This out-of-print two-LP set includes all of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie's earliest sessions as a leader, recordings that have greatly influenced jazz to the present time and set the standard for bebop. In addition to "Blue 'N' Boogie," there are seven classics with Charlie Parker (Sarah Vaughan guests on "Lover Man"), a session with Sonny Stitt and eight exciting big-band performances including "Things to Come." This essential music (all but one of the 1945-46 recordings are fortunately included on the Musicraft CD Shaw 'Nuff) concludes with three songs from a fun but less-significant small-group session from 1950.