Dizzy Gillespie / Max Roach

Max + Dizzy, Paris 1989

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This double-CD set is a big mistake. Teaming drummer Max Roach and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie together as a duo might have worked had it taken place 20 years earlier when Dizzy was still in his musical prime. However the immortal players did not even discuss what they were going to play beforehand and the result is a series of rambling sketches, essentially a long drum solo with occasional trumpet interludes that are full of clams. The closing 32 ½ minute "Interview" also wanders and could have been cut in half.

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