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The Gifted Ones [Import]

Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00015TYBA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bloody marvellous 3 Jan 2001
Format:Audio CD
Truly great recording with every track a winner. This is one of the early records that put me on the track to Getz/Coltrane/Pepper/Stitt etc. Back to the Land and their version of St James' Infirmary are particularly memorable. I haven't heard the record for 20 years, but it still remains sharp in my memory
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5.0 out of 5 stars By Jove! This is swinging! 25 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
Whether it's a blues or be-bop standard, these cats play some mean and swinging mainstream jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, in a sense, sounds younger than he did in his hay-day,
in another sense he sounds older than ever, belonging to the previous generation of players, very much concerned with bending them notes in a blue growl... It is, of course, the concept of teaming (one of the greatest living) swing pianist (The Count), who happens to be heavily blues - oriented, with the great be-bop trumpeter,
who inherited quite a lot from previous generations of players (including sense of musical humor)...

This rock-solid quartet gives Dizzy in one of the better performances I've heard him do in the 70s, whereas Basie was still going quite strong at that time (as a rule, pianists age better than brass players)... With the versatile Ray Brown and Mickey Roker anchoring the quartet, no wonder this all turned out so great...
The deapth of the understanding these guys have for each other is not surprising; Ray Brown, for instance, played extensively with THE mainstream pianist - Oscar Peterson, placed firmly between swing and modern jazz, but before that he was one of the explorers who were building be-bop around Bird and Dizzy...
For me, this is what jazz should sound like.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By Jove! This is swinging! 25 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
Whether it's a blues or be-bop standard, these cats play some mean and swinging mainstream jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, in a sense, sounds younger than he did in his hay-day,
in another sense he sounds older than ever, belonging to the previous generation of players, very much concerned with bending them notes in a blue growl... It is, of course, the concept of teaming (one of the greatest living) swing pianist (The Count), who happens to be heavily blues - oriented, with the great be-bop trumpeter,
who inherited quite a lot from previous generations of players (including sense of musical humor)...

This rock-solid quartet gives Dizzy in one of the better performances I've heard him do in the 70s, whereas Basie was still going quite strong at that time (as a rule, pianists age better than brass players)... With the versatile Ray Brown and Mickey Roker anchoring the quartet, no wonder this all turned out so great...
The deapth of the understanding these guys have for each other is not surprising; Ray Brown, for instance, played extensively with THE mainstream pianist - Oscar Peterson, placed firmly between swing and modern jazz, but before that he was one of the explorers who were building be-bop around Bird and Dizzy...
For me, this is what jazz should sound like.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By Jove! This is swinging! 25 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
Whether it's a blues or be-bop standard, these cats play some mean and swinging mainstream jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, in a sense, sounds younger than he did in his hay-day,
in another sense he sounds older than ever, belonging to the previous generation of players, very much concerned with bending them notes in a blue growl... It is, of course, the concept of teaming (one of the greatest living) swing pianist (The Count), who happens to be heavily blues - oriented, with the great be-bop trumpeter,
who inherited quite a lot from previous generations of players (including sense of musical humor)...

This rock-solid quartet gives Dizzy in one of the better performances I've heard him do in the 70s, whereas Basie was still going quite strong at that time (as a rule, pianists age better than brass players)... With the versatile Ray Brown and Mickey Roker anchoring the quartet, no wonder this all turned out so great...
The deapth of the understanding these guys have for each other is not surprising; Ray Brown, for instance, played extensively with THE mainstream pianist - Oscar Peterson, placed firmly between swing and modern jazz, but before that he was one of the explorers who were building be-bop around Bird and Dizzy...
For me, this is what jazz should sound like.
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