- Audio CD (5 Oct 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Verve
- ASIN: B0000046R7
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|7. This is the Way|
|8. Ool Ya Koo|
|10. Tunisian Fantasy|
The second half, live at Carnegie Hall, is also exquisite. The Gillespie standard Tunisian fantasy is great and is a nicely different twist on versions I have heard before. Track 8 is the only slight irritation, with the skat singing rather annoying, but that is a personal preference being more a fan of instrumental music. However even this is performed extremely well, like the rest of the album.
The musicianship here is great and you would expect little else from Gillespie's orchestra. As a novice in the field of bee-bop and Dizzy Gillespie I think this album would make a great introduction. Also for the more knowledgable fan, a collection without certainly has a hole. I always feel Gillespie's legendary dry wit comes through in his music and this is true here. It isn't so much humour but a joyfullness that never fails to leave a smile on my face.
About five months after the suite was recorded, most of the band assembled again for a March '61 concert in Carnegie Hall. Most of the tunes are familiar parts of Dizzy's book, but Schifrin's arrangements again give the pieces a little special lustre.
Some other more recent reissues may have overshadowed this CD (reissued in '93), but it is no mere minor curiosity. It's some of the best music I've heard by Diz, and should be part of any representative collection of his work.
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