Dizzy Gillespie - Champ (Music CD)

Release Date: 26 November 2012
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An early LP on Savoy that gathers Dizzy Gillespie's small-group recordings from 1951-52, The Champ has a lot to recommend it -- songs, sidemen, and performances. With just one exception, each of the selections are drawn from quintet or sextet dates, boasting work by Art Blakey, Milt Jackson, J.J. Johnson, Percy Heath, and Stuff Smith in addition to an early appearance from John Coltrane (he made his debut with Diz, though not here). On the title track, a six-minute jam released as a two-part single, Gillespie plays furiously and tenor Budd Johnson contributes a great squawking solo. "Birk's Works," one of Dizzy's finest compositions, gets its first commercial recording, while Stuff Smith's violin solo gives "Caravan" exactly the exotic touch it needs to lift it above competing versions. Diz and Joe Carroll trade vocals on "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and bop culture meets gospel for "Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac." ~ John Bush
Release Date: 26 November 2012
  • 1. The Champ
  • 2. Tin Tin Deo
  • 3. They Can't Take That Away From Me
  • 4. Good Bait
  • 5. The Bluest Blues
  • 6. Birk Works
  • 7. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  • 8. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • 9. Mon Homme
  • 10. Ooh, Shoo Be Doo Be
  • 11. School Days

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Catalogue No: IC7023