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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 (February 12, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fresh Sound Records
  • ASIN: B0038WCC8A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dizzy Gillespie is showcased brilliantly through these sides as the pivotal figure of a small-band with which he has not been identified often. When Gillespie told Benny Golson of his desire to record something with a new instrumentation, Benny suggested the octet pattern and called Gigi Gryce to share the writing chores. The results achieve their goal, presenting excellent voicing and accompaniment to a straightforward Gillespie in a refreshingly new framework for "the greatest trumpet of them all."

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As Dizzy Gillespie enjoyed another great year in 1958, the trumpet king embarked
on another musical path when he delighted the jazz scene with a another vocabulary
where he invited the great tenor saxophonist- composer Benny Golson to record and
release this innovative ambitious labour of love. For The Greatest Trumpet Of Them
All, Dizzy brilliantly showcases this set of recordings as the pivotal figure of this small
band with which he had not been identified often, and when he told Golson to record
something new, Golson had suggested that they form an octet and called pianist Gigi
Gryce to share the composing on the album, which turned out to be a truly rewarding
achievement by Gillespie and Golson. So, with outstanding music mostly composed
by Gillespie, Golson and Gryce, the superb track set begins with Blues After Dark, as
it proceeds with direct pace on other classic compositions like Sea Breeze, Shabozz,
Reminiscing, A Night At Tony’s, Smoke Signals and Just By Myself, while on the five
star expanded edition you get a rare tiny recording featuring Coleman Hawkins, Stan
Getz, Sonny Stitt and Oscar Peterson on four tracks like Get Happy and Mic’s Jump,
which gives it the finishing touch it deserves. As one of two highly successful albums
Gillespie and Golson collaborated together (the other is The Ebullient Dizzy Gillespie
from 1959), the results from The Greatest Trumpet Of Them All proved to be a great
eclectic breakthrough from the two jazz masters, as the accompament and excellent
voicing from the straightforward genus not only produced timeless results, but it also
provided the refreshingly new framework for The Greatest Trumpet Of Them All, one
that will always remain at the top of it’s brass with timeless results, as well as one of
Dizzy Gillespie’s greatest and most beloved masterpieces.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marco Lombardi on April 3, 2011
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Great soloing by Dizzy; interesting tunes and small combo arrangements by B. Golson and
G. Gryce.The latter not mentioned on the cover but more precious.
For Dizzy's fans.
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