DIZZY’s big P.S. to his kinda BOSSA NOVA – 1966

Another fantastic rendition of “No More Blues” (a.k.a. Chega de Saudade) has been broadcasted by BBC2 as part of their “Jazz 625” series in August 1966, featuring Dizzy Gillespie (tp) James Moody (as/ fl) Kenny Baron (p) Christopher White (b) Rudy Collins (d):

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DIZZY GILLESPIE’s “NEW WAVE”, or: THE REAL BIRTH OF BOSSA NOVA

This is Dizzy, ‚live‘ at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1961, giving the real birth to bossa nova, months before Stan Getz’s and Charlie Byrd’s Jazz Samba, and more than a year before the most famous bossa nova album got released, Getz/ Gilberto, OuKay?

Have fun, witnessing yet another musical revolution, non violently kicked off by the one and only John Birks Gillespie.

Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc) Leo Wright (as, fl) Lalo Schifrin (p, arr) Bob Cunningham (b) Chuck Lampkin (d) Joe Carroll (voc) – Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, California, September 23, 1961.

Here’s my absolute favorite among Dizzy’s bossa nova albums, entitled „New Wave“ which means just that: „Bossa Nova“ 😉

Though chronologically out of order, here’s the other Dizzy-nova-album, a mixture between ‚live‘ and studio tracks, partly „enhanced“ with canned applause 😉

It’s entitled “Dizzy on the French Riviera”, and it begins with the sounds of happy kids and an incoming sea wave.

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THE DIZZY GILLESPIE QUINTET in ITALY, 1960

This is a superb set, presenting everything from, err, plain bebop to latin rhythms and also some fun vocal. Birks was at the peak of his creative powers then, and there was no one on the planet – at this point of his career – that could be fit to hold a candle to him, trumpetwise, I mean 😉

Dizzy Gillespie (tp) Leo Wright (as, fl) Junior Mance (p) Art Davis (b) Teddy Stewart (d):

1. Tour De Force
2. I Found A Million Dollar Baby
3. Willow Weep For Me
4. Lorraine
5. Ooh-Shoo-Bee-Doo-Be
6. Wheatleigh Hall
7. I Can’t Get Started

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JIVIN’ IN BE-BOP (1947)

jivin27_in_bebopJivin’ In Be-Bop (1947)

Learn more HERE.

Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra:

Dave Burns, Dizzy Gillespie, Elmon Wright, Matthew McKay, Ray Orr (tp) Taswell Baird, Bill Shepherd (tb) Howard Johnson, John Brown (as) George “Big Nick” Nicholas, Joe Gayles (ts) Cecil Payne (bars) Milt Jackson (vib) John Lewis (p) Al McKibbon (b) Joe Harris (d) Dizzy Gillespie, Helen Humes, Kenny “Pancho” Hagood (voc) – Recorded in New York, 1947.

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DIZZY GILLESPIE & “MANTECA”

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DIZZY QUOTES & FROGS ;)

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My favorite quote by John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie:

As a musician you have to keep one foot back in the past and have one foot forward into the future.

This sounds almost like my personal motto: “Forward into the past!

 

The man was not only a musical revolutionary, he could be very funny too.

Enjoy!

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If you wanna learn something about John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie…

…feel free to watch this documentary from 1990. By the way, the tune at 18:15 is “Oop-Bop-Sh’Bam”. And Diz is eating most of the time 😉

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