Dizzy Gillespie ™ All Star Bigband
New Orleans Jazz - Hot Club - Swing
Slide Hampton (conductor); Roberta Gambarini (vocals); James Moody (flute, tenor sax); Roy Hargrove (flugelhorn, trumpet); Antonio Hart (flute, alto sax); Andres Boiarsky (flute, tenor sax); Mark Gross (alto sax); Frank Basile (baritone sax); Claudio Roditi (flugelhorn, trumpet); Greg Gisbert, Frank Greene, Diego Urcola (trumpet); Jay Ashby, Steve Davis, David Gibson, Jason Jackson (trombone); Douglas Purviance (bass trombone); John Lee (bass); Dennis Mackrel (drums).
Sun 16 July 2006 22:45 - 00:00 Amazon
Even when John Birks ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie was developing bebop with Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk, he always had a big band ‘up his sleeve’. Smaller combos just weren’t challenging enough for Dizzy’s qualities as a composer and arranger. In 1945 he already toured with a big band that later became known as The Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra. Dizzy had always been the leader of a large orchestra until his death in 1993. A few years after the bebop pioneer’s demise, trombone player Slide Hampton and bassist John Lee decided to keep Dizzy’s big band dream alive. From then on Hampton and Lee co-led the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band
. James Moody is star on tenor saxophone and Roy Hargrove steps modestly though impressively into the shoes of one of the greatest musicians jazz has ever produced.