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Dizzy Gillespie Story 1939-50 Box set, Import


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John Birks Gillespie was born on October 21, 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina, the youngest of nine children. He emerged as a trumpet player whose role as a founding father of modern jazz made him a major figure in 20th-century American music. His signature moon cheeks and bent trumpet made him one of the world's most instantly recognizable figures.

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  • Audio CD (November 5, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Proper Box UK
  • ASIN: B00005RDA9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,658 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blue Rhythm Fantasy
2. Hot Mallets
3. Pickin The Cabbage
4. Bye Bye Blues
5. Once In A Lovetime
6. Stardust
7. Little John Special
8. Woody N You
9. Disorder At The Border
10. I Stay In The Mood For You
11. I Cant Get Started
12. Good Bait
13. Bebop
14. Perdido
15. Cherokee
16. A Night In Tunisia
17. Groovin High
18. All The Things You Are
19. Dizzy Atmosphere
20. Salt Peanuts
See all 95 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

4CD compilation with 100 tracks tracing the career of Dizzie Gillespie from his early years with theTeddy Hill, Lionel Hampton, and Cab Calloway to his virtuoso trumpet performances of the mid tolate 40's. Also included is a 48 page booklet including a biography, session details and rare photos.

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The liner notes are quite complete as well.
William J. Lavin
I am a big fan of Charlie Parker, and I especially love the music in which Bird and Diz played together.
luvinthejazz
The sound is pretty clean and this box remains a great overview even Penguin's Guide To Jazz says so.
JG

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
A friend told me the latest edition of the Penguin Guide to Jazz gave this a crown recommendation, so I decided to check it out. I couldn't argue with the track selection, which does a great job covering all the highlights of Gillespie's peak years, however I was VERY disappointed by the sound quality.

In the past, Penguin has recommended some marvelous budget, import jazz collections with fantastic sound quality, but unlike the JSP CD's of Louis Armstrong or Jelly Roll Morton, or the Hep CD's of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Teddy Wilson, this box set from Proper is the pits. They have been poorly transferred, and poor sources may have been involved. You'll notice some tracks overlap with the Complete RCA Victor Recordings and the recent Savoy/WEA reissues; the same tracks on those CD's sound FAR, FAR better (I always thought the RCA Victor set used too much noise reduction, but it still sounds FAR better than this box set).

Very, very disappointing, someone should get the clearance necessary to compile a domestic box set with the same track listing, and then get John R. T. Davies, Ted Kendall, or Steve Hoffman to master all this properly from top notch sources. Until then, if you have the money, I think you're much better off getting the Complete RCA Victor Recordings and the Odyssey set from Savoy/WEA (if money's an issue, get the Complete RCA Victor Recordings instead for now).

[edit: Subsequent reviewers said they heard no difference, and one said I probably didn't know what to expect from 78 rpm recordings. I OWN 1,058 different 78 rpm records, half of which predate WWII, and have personally transferred a large number of recordings to DAT and CD-R for archival use - i.e. I KNOW what to expect.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By luvinthejazz on August 22, 2006
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The breadth of Dizzy's work covered in this box set is staggering. You could easily spend 4 times the amount of money gathering these sessions together. I am a big fan of Charlie Parker, and I especially love the music in which Bird and Diz played together. I have to admit though, that while Charlier Parker contributed the phrasing and the genius that launched bebop, it was Dizzy that provided the leadership and the mentoring that kept it moving forward. The recognition of Dizzy's contributions seems to be sorely lacking, then and even now.

This box set captures Dizzy's efforts during this most crucial period that shaped what modern jazz sounds like today. It covers his early work with Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Billy Eckstine, and Coleman Hawkins, and the early small group work with Bird leading up to their trip to California. It includes Dizzy's bebop big band after returning to New York, as well as his earliest Afro-Cuban recordings with Chano Pozo.

If this wasn't enough, the box set includes Bird and Diz's 1947 Carnegie Hall concert, and the famous Bird/Diz/Monk recordings from 1950, when Norman Granz got exactly what he didn't want, and we bebop fans got exactly what we did want (thank you Mr. Granz).

Dizzy's energy, power, and enthusiasm never diminish throughout these selections, and the bands, small and large, swing with incredible precision. It is so good to hear his fluttering trumpet lines soaring over the lush big band background and settling back to earth.

Finally a word about the sound quality- An early review of this box set decried the sound quality, and frankly that is what kept me from purchasing it for a long time. Having nearly worn out the CDs now, I think the sound quality is just fine.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William J. Lavin on October 1, 2005
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Most of us that love and follow the origins of modern jazz seem to know all about the early recordings of Charlie Parker, for instance, the Jay McShann recordings, the Redcross acetates, the Tiny Grimes session, and finally the Bird/Diz output of 1945 for Guild and the Comet session with Red Norvo.

This CD box covers the early years of bebop via the recordings of Dizzy Gillespie. It includes all important sessions leading up to the Bird/Diz recordings (Teddy Hill, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Coleman Hawkins), and after the split with Bird, covers his output with his big band and small groups up to 1950.

Some very rare recordings are included, such as his 1st recording of Groovin' High, with Dexter Gordon, and a session with strings of Jerome Kern's compositions, that was pulled because the estate of Kern objected to Dizzy's liberties.

I have never seen so complete a box set dealing with Dizzy Gillespie's early work. The liner notes are quite complete as well.

Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andromeda on March 11, 2010
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Proper Box's are meant to give an overview of a musician's career, generally during a certain time period, they are not for completists. So, while this Proper Box is an excellent primer of Dizzy's early career, it is maddening for the Dizzy collector, because it includes cuts that are rare and hard to find at reasonable prices, alongside cuts that most collectors will already have. If your looking for a good overview of Dizzy's work in the 40's, you can't get better at the price, the only caveat being that while Proper's sound quality is very listenable, it is not top echelon remastering.

The first disc is a case in point - it includes two tunes from Dizzy's days with Teddy Hill, and the famous date with Lionel Hampton "Hot Mallets," which are on the The Complete RCA Victor Recordings in much better sound. Disc one also includes "Pickin' The Cabbage," a seminal Gillespie composition and arrangement, and "Little John Special." In his autobiography Dizzy states that used "Pickin.." to create the blueprint for his blend of afro-cuban rhythms with bebop harmonies. Lucky Millender is credited with "Little John...," tho it is actually based on a backpocket riff that Dizzy used while in his band, the very same riff that Dizzy used to create "Salt Peanuts." - any Dizzy collector will want these two recording. The first disc has most of the rare stuff, early recordings of Dizzy as a sideman, the first bebop sessions fronted by Coleman Hawkins, the first recording of "Night In Tunisia" he did with Boyd Raeburn, sides he cut with his small group bebop band (including Charlie Parker) for Musicraft and Guild, a cut with the Billy Eckstein orchestra, and a rare session with Dextor Gordon.
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