Sunday, October 11, 2009

Mister Christopher Columbus: Dizzy Gillespie And Friends

JATP Gillespie 1967
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Jazz at the Philharmonic in London in 1967
Norman Granz assembled a band of all star musicians for this concert in London and probably for an European tour a well.
Dizzy, Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, James Moody with Teddy Wilson piano, Bob Cranshaw as bassist and Louie Bellson on drums
The tune title is not announced, but after an ensemble riff the musicians solo on the pleasant 32 bar structure of Christopher Columbus ( Benny Goodman used that already in his Carnegy Hall Concert in 1938). The name of this tune is "Ow" & it's on "Rhythm" changes. Dizzy wrote it.
There are two groups of players; the swingers and the boppers.
The only real bopper is James Moody and Dizzy of course as well, but Dizzy also plays with sympathy towards the swingers.

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