Dizzy Gillespie

Live in Montreal [Video/DVD]

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Given trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie's vast recorded output during his long career, the DVD Live in Montreal is a bit of a disappointment. Instead of a typical all-star group, he opts for a piano-less rhythm section, anchored by guitarist Ed Cherry. As a result, the emphasis is mostly on rhythm, including a couple of untitled instrumentals (one is a bit meandering, the other is "Dizzy's Party," which opens with the leader dancing around with his rhythm stick) and a bland slow blues with a forgettable vocal by the trumpeter. The one high point is "A Night in Tunisia," which contains an energetic solo by the leader, but with such a sparse group backing him, this concert never really catches fire as a typical Dizzy Gillespie performance would. Far better are the other DVDs featuring Gillespie with all-star groups in earlier decades.