Dizzy Gillespie

The Dizzy Gillespie Story: 1939-1950 [Box Set]

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This four-disc, 100-track box set traces famed bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie's career from his early years with Teddy Hill, Lionel Hampton and Cab Calloway through his work with figures like Coleman Hawkins and Billy Eckstine. It includes his 1947 concert at Carnegie Hall with Charlie Parker and concludes with the famous sessions that Gillespie recorded with Parker and Thelonious Monk for Norman Granz in 1950. At a budget price, this package captures Gillespie's peak years and performances and makes a deep introduction to this amazing musician. The sound transfers are decent, but audiophiles may find that the noise reduction processes used on these tracks leaves some of them sounding a little on the thin and muted side. Given the fair price and the volume of material compiled here, though, this set is a smart purchase. Each of the four discs is also available individually as a stand-alone album.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:44
2 2:18
3 2:49
4 2:54
5 2:48
6 3:27
7 3:11
8 2:57
9 2:55
10 2:57
11 3:01
12 3:00
13 3:09
14
feat: Joe Marsala
2:54
15
feat: Joe Marsala
2:53
16
feat: Boyd Raeburn
3:08
17 2:38
18 2:57
19 2:41
20 2:48
21 2:47
22 3:14
23 2:58
24 3:07
25 3:44
26 3:52

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Tony Scott
2:43
2 3:19
3 4:49
4 2:54
5 2:57
6 2:52
7 3:04
8 2:57
9 2:53
10 2:47
11 2:22
12
2:56
13 2:17
14 3:05
15 3:05
16 2:45
17 2:38
18 2:54
19 2:59
20 2:43
21 2:30
22 3:01
23 2:22
24 2:44
25 2:57
26 3:00
27 3:05

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:32
2 3:08
3
2:58
4 3:13
5 2:47
6 3:13
7 5:08
8 4:03
9 5:15
10 5:40
11 4:09
12 3:27
13 3:00
14 2:46
15 2:41
16 3:08
17 3:06
18 2:48
19 2:50
20 2:44
21 3:11
22 4:15

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:33
2 2:17
3 2:55
4 3:07
5 3:03
6 2:31
7 3:01
8 3:05
9 2:36
10 3:15
11 3:12
12 3:20
13 2:52
14 3:26
15 3:25
16 3:37
17 3:25
18 2:31
19 2:48
20 2:55
21 2:27
22 2:46
23 4:45
24 2:19
25 2:34
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