Dizzy Gillespie

Official U.S. State Department Tour, 1958: Volume 3

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The third volume documenting Dizzy Gillespie's U.S. State Department tour of South America in 1956 is a two-disc set, though all but 27 minutes of the 148 minutes in this volume feature interviews with the trumpeter and his musicians, the latter done after the bandleader's death. But true Gillespie fans will enjoy learning more about the musicians, while the eight music selections include a lush treatment of "Yesterdays" (featuring alto saxophonist Phil Woods) and a rousing version of Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia" (showcasing Benny Golson, Frank Rehak, and the leader). Away from the huge concert hall, Gillespie sits in with an unidentified samba band and also for four songs with a tango orchestra conducted by Osvaldo Fresedo. There are balance problems in some of these recordings, but Gillespie's inspired solos playing this unfamiliar music of South America make up for any audio shortcomings.