This CD combines two complete and related LPs. When Lalo Schifrin joined the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet in 1960, he was encouraged by Gillespie to write an extended work for him. "Gillespiana" was the result, an impressive five-movement suite that showcased the trumpeter's talents with a large orchestra. The latter half of this CD was recorded at Carnegie Hall the same day that "Gillespiana" was debuted live, but those five pieces are more conventional, highlighted by remakes of "Manteca" and "A Night in Tunisia" (the latter as the more involved "Tunisian Fantasy"). Only an overly silly version of "Ool-Ya-Koo" with Joe Carroll detracts from this otherwise superb release.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow