The former East Germans who complained about choosing between 25 different kinds of salami should probably not try to collect Dizzy Gillespie records. As a contrast to a plethora of somewhat similar packagings of the trumpeter's most famous works -- typically spanning a decade or more in the course of the program -- is this type of Giants of Jazz series in which chronological completeness is the motto, even if means providing two takes of a song that is hard to listen to once. 1946-1947, Vol. 9 has been adopted whole cloth as a mock album title in a satire of prolific musicians. Typically for this sort of artist, there are more than two dozen tracks available from a period of a bit more than a year, only one pair involving an alternate take, although there is both a part one and part two presented of the baffling "One Bass Hit." The revelation in this kind of program concerns the tracks that are both fairly unknown and exciting, startlingly so at times: "For Heckler's Only," "Smoky Hollow Jump," and "Stay on It" are good examples, the first two involving the fine arranger Gil Fuller and the latter tuneage co-written with Tadd Dameron. A juicy collaboration with woodwind virtuoso James Moody evolves around the beginning of the third act, baritone man Cecil Payne also coming up with examples of reedy underpinnings so complementary to Gillespie's flights of imagination.
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AllMusic Review by Eugene Chadbourne