Dizzy Gillespie

The Giant

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This CD finds trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie at age 55, just beginning to slip. Gillespie plays well enough on these nine selections with a fine rhythm section comprised of pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Niels Pederson, drummer Kenny Clarke and the congas of Humberto Canto; Johnny Griffin's tenor is a major asset on four numbers. Still, the edge is missing on these explorations of standards and recent originals although he is in particularly fine form on the ballads such as "I Waited for You" and "The Girl of My Dreams."

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