Dizzy Gillespie - Havin' A Good Time in Paris

Dizzy's musical intelligence is broad and his curiosity is intense. There is little of the world's musical forms which he has not examined and considered for its potential rhythmic integration with jazz; this is particularly true of Latin American rhythms. Generosity is one of Dizzy's personal traits. He has consistently shared his fund of musical knowledge and values with historical jazz figures and new learners/players, literally teaching them and setting them in fresh directions he helped to develop. What was thought unorthodox and chaotic in the forties when Dizzy was playing "all those strange unheard of things" has emerged as vital classical aspects of modern music.

This record was made two days prior to Dizzy's performance at the Second International Jazz Salon at the Salle Pleyel in France, with a quintet including expatriate Don Byas on tenor, Arnold Ross on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, Bill Clark on drums, and Humberto Canto on congas. The second half was recorded the next month, done with a different group including Byas, Bill Tamper on trombone, Hubert Fol on alto, Tarmond Fol on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Pierre Lemarchand on drums. This rare recording is sure to delight.

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Hurry Home Hurry Home (alt. take) Afro Paris (inc.) Afro Paris (alt.) Say Eh! Say Eh! (alt. take) Cripple Crapple Crutch Dizzy Song (Lady Bird) Somebody Loves Me I Cover the Waterfront She's Funny That Way (alt. take) She's Funny That Way

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Format: Jazz Record
Soloist/Artist Dizzy Gillespie
Instruments Music and Musicians
Composer No
Accompanist/ Conductor Don Byas, Arnold Ross, Joe Benjamin, Bill Clark, Humberto Canto, Bill Tamper, Hubert Fol, Tarmond Fol, Pierre Michelot, Pierre Lemarchand
SKU IC7010


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Dizzy GillespieReview by Simon Sez
In 1952, Dizzy Gillespie was having a very good time in Paris, touring, playing concerts, appearing on the radio, and being celebrated as the amazing trumpeter that he was. While he was reasonably well known in the United States, in France he was treated as a major musical hero, at least by those who were not strictly Sidney Bechet fans. In addition to being a natural showman and frequently hilarious, Dizzy was also such an outstanding trumpeter that he could not be denied.
While the great tenor-saxophonist Don Byas is on some of these selections, Dizzy dominates the music. His solos on “Somebody Loves Me” and “I Cover The Waterfront” practically rewrite those tunes, telling listeners that this is the way they should sound. His singing on “Cripple Crapple Crutch” lets one know that he could have been a blues singer if he had not picked up the horn. But I don’t need to say any more. Listeners will havea great time listening to Dizzy Gillespie’s Havin’ A Good Time In Paris.

Simon Sez: Want to have a great time? Listen to Dizzy Gillespie’s Havin’ A Good Time In Paris (IC7010). Dizzy will make you smile.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)

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