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 Stream
1 02:44 Amazon
2 02:18 Amazon
3 02:49 Amazon
4 02:54 Amazon
5 02:48 Amazon
6 03:27 Amazon
7 03:11 Amazon
8 02:57 Amazon
9 02:55 Amazon
10 02:57 Amazon
11 03:01 Amazon
12 03:00 Amazon
13 03:09 Amazon
14
feat: Joe Marsala
02:54 Amazon
15
feat: Joe Marsala
02:53 Amazon
16
feat: Boyd Raeburn
03:08 Amazon
17 02:38 Amazon
18 02:57 Amazon
19 02:41 Amazon
20 02:48 Amazon
21 02:47 Amazon
22 03:14 Amazon
23 02:58 Amazon
24 03:07 Amazon
25 03:44 Amazon
26 03:52 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Tony Scott
02:43 Amazon
2 03:19 Amazon
3 04:49 Amazon
4 02:54 Amazon
5 02:57 Amazon
6 02:52 Amazon
7 03:04 Amazon
8 02:57 Amazon
9 02:53 Amazon
10 02:47 Amazon
11 02:22 Amazon
12
02:56 Amazon
13 02:17 Amazon
14 03:05 Amazon
15 03:05 Amazon
16 02:45 Amazon
17 02:38 Amazon
18 02:54 Amazon
19 02:59 Amazon
20 02:43 Amazon
21 02:30 Amazon
22 03:01 Amazon
23 02:22 Amazon
24 02:44 Amazon
25 02:57 Amazon
26 03:00 Amazon
27 03:05 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:32 Amazon
2 03:08 Amazon
3
02:58 Amazon
4 03:13 Amazon
5 02:47 Amazon
6 03:13 Amazon
7 05:08 Amazon
8 04:03 Amazon
9 05:15 Amazon
10 05:40 Amazon
11 04:09 Amazon
12 03:27 Amazon
13 03:00 Amazon
14 02:46 Amazon
15 02:41 Amazon
16 03:08 Amazon
17 03:06 Amazon
18 02:48 Amazon
19 02:50 Amazon
20 02:44 Amazon
21 03:11 Amazon
22 04:15 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:33 Amazon
2 02:17 Amazon
3 02:55 Amazon
4 03:07 Amazon
5 03:03 Amazon
6 02:31 Amazon
7 03:01 Amazon
8 03:05 Amazon
9 02:36 Amazon
10 03:15 Amazon
11 03:12 Amazon
12 03:20 Amazon
13 02:52 Amazon
14 03:26 Amazon
15 03:25 Amazon
16 03:37 Amazon
17 03:25 Amazon
18 02:31 Amazon
19 02:48 Amazon
20 02:55 Amazon
21 02:27 Amazon
22 02:46 Amazon
23 04:45 Amazon
24 02:19 Amazon
25 02:34 Amazon
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