In the 1940s, bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie was one of jazz's brightest rebels, but by 1957 he was an established star. Leading his own big band, Gillespie combined the complexities of bop with the dazzle of swing. These live recordings feature an ace band with dexterous, clever arrangements from experts Ernie Wilkins (who'd later work wonders for Count Basie), trombonist Melba Liston, and Gillespie himself. Full of compelling solos and general joie de vivre, this NIGHT promises good times for fans of Dizzy and post-Swing-era big band jazz.
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