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listen  1. Pickin' the CabbageDizzy Gillespie 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Disorder At The BorderColeman Hawkins And His Orchestra 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Salt PeanutsDizzy Gillespie 3:01Album Only
listen  4. I Can't Get StartedDizzy Gillespie 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. A Night In TunisiaBoyd Raeburn And His Orchestra 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Dizzy AtmosphereDizzy Gillespie 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Groovin' HighDizzy Gillespie Sextet 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Things To ComeDizzy Gillespie 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. One Bass Hit, No.2Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. MantecaDizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. BloomdidoCharlie Parker 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Tin Tin DeoDizzy Gillespie Sextet 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Birks' WorksDizzy Gillespie 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Eternal TriangleDizzy Gillespie14:14Album Only
listen15. Chega De Saudade (No More Blues)Dizzy Gillespie Sextet10:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Swing Low, Sweet CadillacDizzy Gillespie 7:24Album Only

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  • Audio CD (November 7, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000050I3P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,138 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From small-combo bebop to big-band Latin excursions, Diz was always the innovator. 16 tracks from Conqueror, Delmark, Manor, RCA, MusiCraft, Guild, Savoy, Clef, Verve, Philips and (whew!) Impulse, featuring A Night in Tunisia; One Bass Hit, No. 2; Manteca; Tin Tin Deo , and more.

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Although Dizzy Gillespie was one of the great architects of modern jazz and its most famous personality, his trumpet style has rarely been imitated successfully. His high-speed runs, twisting phrases, and upper-register leaps are just too difficult to duplicate. This collection begins by placing Gillespie in the big swing bands in which his career began, his complex arrangements and advanced harmonic imagination gradually heralding the coming of bop. There are superb versions of some of his most famous anthems, like "A Night in Tunisia" and "Salt Peanuts," and meetings with altoist Charlie Parker, co-leader of the modernist revolution. Gillespie successfully translated the bop idiom to a big-band format, and his magnificent but short-lived bands are heard on the surging "Manteca" and "Birk's Works." His creative range is apparent--from the gorgeous "No More Blues," from his early discovery of bossa nova, and from his famous gospel parody, "Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac." While his formats would change, it's the Gillespie trumpet that's central here, an instrument capable of both rocketing invention and muted, insinuating sweetness. --Stuart Broomer

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
There are far better compilations of Dizzy Gillespie, but unfortunately many of them go in and out of print at an alarming frequency. Only "The Complete RCA Victor Recordings" from six years ago manages to be a great, comprehensive Diz collection that has also stayed in print. This new Ken Burns CD does a great service in collecting some of Diz's greatest recordings and putting them in once place. Once again, we have such essential gems as "I Can't Get Started," "One Bass Hit No. 2," and "Things To Come" widely available in great sound. One wishes that a few tracks like "Ray's Idea" would be included, but perhaps Burns felt it would have shifted too much focus on the 40's. That's too bad because while the later tracks are good, Diz hit an amazing, early peak in the 40's and early 50's that is just monumental (despite some absent gems, the 40's output still takes up half the disc). However, these discs were targeted more towards new-comers, and as introductions, they do a stand-up job.
A bit of information on sound quality: Some have complained about the sound, which shouldn't be surprising as a majority of people buying these CD's aren't used to listening to music this old. Coming from 78 rpm discs, they certainly pale next to analogue tape recordings, and do take some getting used to. However, I should point out that the 78 rpm discs are given a fantastic remastering job here. The engineer, Kevin "in-joke for a middle name" Reeves, makes the bold choice of forgoing any noise reduction.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 18, 2001
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Thanks to the interest kindled by the Burns series (how curious that the canonical, "party-line" jazz history delivered by Burns and Marsalis has led to their demonization by poorly read, self-appointed critics), I've been collecting these anthologies as preparation for teaching jazz history. Thus far, this Gillespie collection is the most satisfying--more consistent than the Armstrong, more representative than the Ellington, more musically engaging than the Goodman. I'm tempted to say that it's not merely a good introduction to Diz' recorded output but an adequate complete holding for most listeners--the notable omission being the famous "Jazz at Massey Hall" date which included Bird, Bud, Mingus and Max.
Unlike Miles, who exercised calculated control over his recording projects and chose "sidemen" with a watchful eye to both their creative and "image" value, Dizzy was laid-back and even careless about his ensembles and recording projects, frequently appearing as a sideman himself on the sessions of lesser musicians. As a result, it's much harder to think of an essential album by Diz than it is by Miles, Duke, Coltrane, or Bill Evans.
In fact, Diz could be regarded as a more genuine "entertainer" than either Louis or Miles. The latter two were clearly aware of their "image" (in his bio Miles mentions Orson Welles as one of his main influences) and consciously worked on "acting out" the persona they knew audiences had come to expect. Diz, on the other hand, was simply having fun--a great artist, perhaps the premier trumpet player in the history of jazz, in "spite of" as well as because of his always playful temperament and childlike approach to music and life.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "willman7" on February 3, 2001
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This is a great collection of music, and a wonderful reflection of the hard work and careful choices involved in the inclusion of material in the Ken Burns "Jazz" collection. I originally bought this CD thinking it worth the money for just "Salt Peanuts," "A Night in Tunisia," and "Manteca." Instead, I have come to appreciate much more of Dizzy Gillespie's music, and jazz music in general. A great CD for anyone interested in Jazz.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gilly Bean on November 23, 2001
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As with a lot of the Ken Burn's series of cds, this was my first real exposure to the music of Dizzy Gillespie. This album covers many different record labels through the years 1940 to 1967, and showcases his many different styles. From small groups to big band, his interest in latin music, as well as his terrific sense of humour, as witnessed in the fun "Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac". The 12 page booklet includes photos of Diz and an interesting essay. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Walter on February 18, 2013
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This is the second of the Ken Burns Jazz series that I bought and it is superb. The collection covers Gillespie’s career from 1940 to 1967. All the tunes sound crisp and clean. If you are interested in Jazz Dance, there are several tempos here. “Pickin’ The Cabbage” is a nice swing tune, “Disorder at the Border” is faster may be a jitterbug style, and “I Can’t Get Started” is a slow tune where you can turn the lights down low and hold your honey tight. Salt Peanuts is here, which indecently Gillespie played at a White House Jazz Concert for President Jimmy Carter on June 18, 1978. Other tunes are classic be-bop.
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