Dizzy Gillespie

Pleyel, 25 Novembre 1960

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In the fall of 1960, Dizzy Gillespie had recently recorded pianist Lalo Schifrin's suite Gillespiana with a big band, prior to touring Europe with a quintet that included the composer, Leo Wright (alto sax and flute), bassist Art Davis, and percussionist Chuck Lampkin. Since all of the musicians had taken part in the recording, it was still very fresh in their minds, so a stripped-down version works rather nicely on-stage at Salle Pleyel in Paris, while it was broadcast in France by Europe1. Whether playing open horn or muted trumpet, Gillespie is dazzling throughout the performance, while the underrated Leo Wright is also an impressive soloist, particularly with his exuberant alto in the uptempo "Panamericana." Conga player Candido Camero (who frequently was billed by his first name alone) isn't part of the suite (though he took part in the studio recording), but he is added for the encore of "Caravan." One of the lesser-known live recordings in Dizzy Gillespie's vast discography, but one definitely worth investigating.

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