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Editorial Reviews


1. Emanon
2. Ool-Ya-Koo
3. 'Round About Midnight
4. Stay On It
5. Good Bait
6. One Bass Hit
7. I Can't Get Started
8. Manteca

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 1, 1957)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: GNP Crescendo Records
  • ASIN: B000001OTH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Weiss on January 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album first appeared on LP in the mid to late 1950's. It's a recording of a live concert by GIllespie's big band at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium sometime in the late 1940's, probably 1948. The original album cover claims the record received the Grand Prix award from France's Jazz Hot magazine. Is it really that good? Let's just say I purchased this album as a kid back in 1958 and pretty much wore out the grooves.

Dizzy and the band are in fine form, playing standard fare from the band's book with arrangements by Gil Fuller and Tadd Dameron with total joy. The band features Ernie Henry on alto, James Moody on tenor, Cecil Payne on baritone, and the amazing Chano Pozo on congas. Pozo was a phenomenon, and it is worth owning this album for his presence alone. Not only does he bring a different rhythmic sense to the band, he also drives it, working closely with the band's drummer (who sounds suspiciously like Gene Krupa). There are more polished versions of these pieces in Dizzy's studio recordings, but none that have more fire and verve. The audience is enthusiastic and the band responds in kind. Gillespie's band always seemed to me more enthusiastic than polished, but in a live performance of such intensity, the ragged ensembles hardly matter. We have one of those you-had-to-be-there moments recorded for posterity.

The sound is something else. It's adequate at best. When the band plays softly (which it does, at times), the brass sound like they're on another planet (check out "Can't Get Started"). But generally the balance is decent, and there's enough bass to register both the string bass and the bass drum. The CD sounds suspiciously like the old LP (I even wonder whether it was burned from one). But put up with it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Boland on July 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a great CD, with energetic performances and good (to my ears) sound quality. So why only 4 stars? "Ooy-ya-koo" is a novelty/scat tune, not really my cup of tea. "Manteca" truly cooks, and "Stay on it" is my second favorite track. The liner notes booklet is fun and informative. Buy this CD!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NICK J on January 9, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A great live recording with Dizzy (and Chano Pozo0 at their best. A welcome addition to any collection of Latin American flavoured Jazz.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ss. on March 18, 2013
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I recommend this to all jazz lovers. This is my favorite jazz cd so far. Can't stop playing it in my office.
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