Dizzy Gillespie

The Giants of Jazz and Dizzy Gillespie Live

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This is an interesting collector's CD that bebop followers will want. The Giants of Jazz was the name for an all-star group that toured during 1971-72 and consisted of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, trombonist Kai Winding, altoist Sonny Stitt, pianist Thelonious Monk, bassist Al McKibbon and drummer Art Blakey. The obvious high point of their four selections on this CD (which includes a Winding feature on "Lover Man") is an exciting version of "Blue 'N' Boogie." The second half of the disc features Gillespie in 1974, playing three songs with his pianoless quartet of the period (which co-starred guitarist Al Gafa) and three with guest Sonny Stitt; the latter has fiery solos during the jams on "Groovin' High," "All the Things You Are" and "Wee."