Dizzy Gillespie / Gil Fuller / The Monterey Jazz Festival Orchestra

With Gil Fuller and the Monterey Jazz Festival Orchestra

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For this studio session, Dizzy Gillespie was reunited with arranger Gil Fuller who that year led a specially assembled big band for the Monterey Jazz Festival. A bit of a disappointment, this CD failed to generate the fireworks one might expect. There are some good moments, most notably on "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Groovin' High" and "Things Are Here" (the answer to "Things to Come") but the big band is mostly heard from in a purely accompanying role behind the great trumpeter and little interplay occurs.

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