Dizzy On The French Riviera Original recording remastered
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"Dizzy on the French Riviera" combines music from two of Gillespie's 1962 small-group sessions, a June session recorded in France (Juan-Les-Pins) that reportedly produced tracks 1, 5 & 7 and a May session actually recorded in NYC that produced the remainder. The recordings are unified, though, by the presence of two unique soloists sharing the limelight with Dizzy -- Texan Leo Wright on woodwinds and South American composer Lalo Schifrin on piano, both of whom would be replaced in Gillespie's entourage within the year -- as well as by a decidedly exotic flavor combining bossa nova composition, multiple percussionists, and occasional gypsy-jazz guitar with Gillespie's growing tendency toward Afro-Cuban flavors in his soloing. Schifrin, best known as the composer of catchy TV themes such as "Mission Impossible" and the bossa nova groove of "I Dream of Jeannie," is astonishingly good whether taking the lead or comping behind the other soloists. His solo on "Chega de Saudade (No More Blues)" is so full of ideas that it feels as though they could have just played that song for the rest of the album. Wright's performances on alto and flute, meanwhile, will leave you wondering why he never achieved the fame of successor James Moody. And while the work by Hungarian guitarist Elek Bacsik, a cousin of Django Reinhardt, may not quite stand out at the same level, it lends a unique tone and is certainly not boring.Read more ›
I purchased the original back in the early 60's and immediately fell in love with it, pretty much wearing out the grooves on the original LP. I was thrilled to see that it had finally been reissued as a CD and quickly reestablished it in my collection.
Lalo's solo in "No More Blues" is one of the finest examples of Latin piano ever! Dizzy is great interspersed throughout and the rest of the group just happily swing along perfectly.
Anyone who doesn't fall in love with this album doesn't like jazz, music or life!
studio in New York City, Dizzy Gillespie delivered a refreshing masterpiece in 1962 with
Dizzy On The French Riviera. With a unified sound and small band, he delivers a down
to earth swinging mixture of bossa nova, post-bop, multiple percussion, their occasional
brand of gypsy jazz and Afro-Cuban jazz as it feature Argentine Latin jazz meastro Lalo
Schiffrin on the piano. Serving up a track list that includes few classic hits like No More
Blues (Chega De Suadade), an energetic song composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim that
Dizzy rips into with delicate madness and soaring artistry; Long Long Summer, penned
by Schiffrin and hailed as one of Dizzy's greatest hits, while Pau De Arara (arranged by
Schiffrin) and For The Gypsies rounds out the live event that makes it a fun and jubilent
hit, which make Dizzy On The French Riviera a richly-textured masterpiece that will live
on through the ages and one of Dizzy's greatest achievements. However we may want
to check the definitive edition that might include the unissued bonus track, Mount Olive,
which is not only an important part of the CD edition, but help make it the best edition to
date, so Verve and Philips may want to look out for the `complete edition' that way they
can, because it'll will help make Dizzy On The French Riviera sound 100% perfect from
start to finish--and one that deserves to be included in your MP3 libraries. Just after the
performance, an elated Gillespie, who was on the beach smitten by the sounds and the
scene of The French Riviera, turned to a friend to sum up his experience: "Man, it's just
Heaven here", he said.Read more ›
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This has always been a dear favorite recording for me, probably because I was very young (age 9?) when I first heard it the year it was released. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jonathan Besson
I bought this because it includes a performance of "No More Blues," also known as "Chega De Saudade. Read morePublished 8 months ago by RCjazz
I don't know many people that listen to old school jazz.. So I read the reviews that were posted on here.. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sp...
Wonderful historical master piece !
No wonder my father loved this album so much.
Get it for yourself and posterity
This cd is one of my all time favorites.Iwas very surprised that you had it on a cd.Its very old,but never out of style. Glad you had it and very glad that I bought it. Thanks!!Published on January 4, 2013 by milly