Career: 1937-1992

Career: 1937-1992

by Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie


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Any two-disc collection -- no matter how well-intentioned, as this one most certainly is -- that aims to cover a career 53 years long is going to be full of holes. That said, Shout Factory's handsomely packaged label-crossing Career: 1937-1992 tries hard. Beginning with Gillespie's tenure in the NBC Orchestra led by Teddy Hill, Diz can be heard alongside Dicky Wells, Russell Procope, and Howard Johnson tearing it up on "King Porter Stomp." Also from the early years are tracks that mark Diz's tenure with Cab Calloway and Billy Eckstine -- "Pickin' the Cabbage" and "Opus X," respectively. On disc one, the years 1945-1949 are particularly well represented -- there are a few cuts from just before Charlie Parker and Gillespie teamed up, and their time together is well considered here. There is also a version of "Birk's Works," from 1951 in Detroit, that stars a young John Coltrane alongside Kenny Burrell, Milt Jackson, and Percy Heath on Diz's own Dee Gee label. Disc two begins with a track from Jazz at Massey Hall and moves through the Diz and Getz set into the Modern Jazz Sextet with John Lewis, Sonny Stitt, Charlie Persip, Skeeter Best, and Percy Heath. Gillespie's big bands of the late '50s are documented here, from Dizzy Gillespie at Newport and The Big Band Sound of Dizzy Gillespie, as are his fine quintets from the early '60s that starred Lalo Schifrin on piano. In addition, the Machito reunion from 1975 -- conducted by Chico O'Farrill -- and dates with Arturo Sandoval are here, as well as a track from Gillespie's final offering, To Bird With Love. Sure, there is plenty to argue with here, about what is not included as well as what is. But with the fine digipack box, great notes by Neil Tesser, and a price that's mighty attractive, this is a fine little intro to Diz's legend.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2005
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663085020
catalogNumber: 30850
Rank: 123660

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Lalo Schifrin   Piano
Machito   Maracas,Claves
Gene Ammons   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Bailey   Trumpet
Danny Barker   Guitar
Louie Bellson   Drums
Chu Berry   Tenor Saxophone
Cab Calloway   Vocals
Joe Carroll   Vocals
Jorge Dalto   Electric Piano
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet
Billy Eckstine   Leader,Vocals
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Gil Fuller   Vocals
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Dexter Gordon   Tenor Saxophone
Grey   Trombone
Haig   Piano,Vibes
Antonio Hart   Alto Saxophone
Ernie Henry   Alto Saxophone
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Wynton Kelly   Piano
John Lewis   Piano
Melba Liston   Trombone
Shelly Manne   Drums
Charles Mingus   Bass,Double Bass
Leo Parker   Baritone Saxophone
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Oscar Pettiford   Bass,Double Bass
Bud Powell   Piano
Buddy Rich   Drums
Max Roach   Drums
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet
Slam Stewart   Bass,Double Bass
Sonny Stitt   Alto Saxophone
Leo Wright   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Dave Burns   Trumpet
Cozy Cole   Drums
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Tyree Glenn   Trombone,Vibes
Tommy Potter   Bass
Chuck Wayne   Guitar
Danilo Pérez   Piano
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Barry Morrow   Trombone
Chano Pozo   Bongos,Conga,Vocals
Chuck Connors   Trombone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Trummy Young   Trombone
McKibbon   Bass
Percy Heath   Bass,Double Bass
Willie Ruff   Bass
Yusef Lateef   Tenor Saxophone
Lewis Nash   Drums
Ray Abrams   Tenor Saxophone
Sam Allen   Piano
Taswell Baird   Trombone
Mario Bauzá   Clarinet,Trumpet,Alto Saxophone
Bill Beason   Drums
Clifton Best   Guitar
Jerry Blake   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Art Blakey   Drums
Willie Bobo   Conga
Gail Brockman   Trumpet
Ray Brown   Bass,Double Bass
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone
Candido Camero   Conga
Kenny Clarke   Drums
John Collins   Guitar
Rudy Collins   Drums
Shad Collins   Trumpet
John Coltrane   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Leon Comegys   Trombone
Bob Cunningham   Bass
Talib Dawud   Trumpet
Bill Dillard   Trumpet
Manny Duran   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Andy Duryea   Trombone
Kansas Fields   Drums
Bill Frazier   Alto Saxophone
Joe Gayles   Tenor Saxophone
Gibson   Baritone Saxophone
Benny Golson   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Gonzalez   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Charles "Majeed" Greenlee   Trombone
Mario Grillo   Bongos,cowbell
Benny Harris   Trumpet
Joe Harris   Drums
Clyde Hart   Piano
Teddy Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Milt Hinton   Bass
Sam Hurt   Trombone
Jack Jeffers   Trombone
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Clifford Jordan   Tenor Saxophone
Lewis Kahn   Trombone
Ted Kelly   Trombone
Irv Kluger   Drums
Chuck Lampkin   Drums
Esko Linnavalli   Piano
Warren Luckey   Tenor Saxophone
John Lynch   Trumpet
John Malachi   Piano
Shorty McConnell   Trumpet
Thelonious Monk   Piano
George Mraz   Bass,Double Bass
George Nicholas   Tenor Saxophone
Chico O'Farrill   Conductor
Frank Paparelli   Piano
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone
Benny Payne   Piano
Victor Paz   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Papo Pepin   Conga
Charlie Persip   Drums
Mario Rivera   Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Mickey Roker   Drums
Esko Rosnell   Drums
Curly Russell   Bass
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals
Pekka Sarmanto   Bass
Mauricio Smith   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Teddy Stewart   Drums
Jesse Tarrant   Trombone
Walter Thomas   Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Valentine   Trombone
Connie Wainwright   Guitar
Carl Warwick   Trumpet
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Elmon Wright   Trumpet
Chris White   Bass
Dana McCurdy   Synthesizer
Johnny Jackson   Alto Saxophone
Bill Shepherd   Trombone
Carlos Castillo   Bass
Howard H. Scott   Trombone
Dwike Mitchell   Piano
Ermet Perry   Trumpet
Pee Wee Moore   Trombone,Baritone Saxophone
Raymond Orr   Trumpet
Lammar Wright   Trumpet
Remo Palmieri   Guitar
Lamar Wright   Trumpet
Murray Shipinski   Bass
Matthew McKay   Trumpet
Leslie Yahonikan   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Gordon Thomas   Trombone
Ray Connor   Bass Trombone
John "BJ John" Smith   Guitar
John Richard Lewis   Piano
Frank "Machito" Grillo   Maracas,Claves
Paul E. West   Bass

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Composer
Billy Eckstine   Composer
Gil Fuller   Arranger,Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
John Lewis   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Kenny Clarke   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Benny Golson   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
John Malachi   Composer
Chico O'Farrill   Arranger,Composer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Neil Tesser   Liner Notes
Tom Recchion   Art Direction
Lynn Peterson   Composer
Buster Harding   Composer
Buddy Feyne   Composer
John Richard Lewis   Arranger
John Roberts   Artwork
Jeff Palo   Producer
Hans Lengsfelder   Composer

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