Dizzy Gillespie / Dizzy Gillespie Octet

The Greatest Trumpet of Them All

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The title given this LP may very well be true, but this particular session is surprisingly restrained. Dizzy Gillespie is heard in an octet with tenor saxophonist Benny Golson, altoist Gigi Gryce, trombonist Henry Coker and baritonist Pee Wee Moore, but the Golson arrangements seem to inhibit the trumpeter and the repertoire (mostly by Golson and Gryce) fails to inspire Gillespie. For many other jazz musicians this would be a "good" or even "fine" effort, but Dizzy Gillespie has recorded too much classic music for this disappointment to rate very high.

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