At Newport Extra tracks, Live, Original recording remastered
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There are numerous listeners who didn't come to Dizzy until the late 1960's and later when, like Louis, he was depending increasingly on showmanship and humor (often admittedly less hip than sappy) along with congas, vocals, and shortened, underpowered (but never uninventive) trumpet solos. To those Gillespie-ites who insist Diz was more virtuosic, daring and even musical than Bird, let this Newport set provide further evidence for their case; to those Diz devotees who feel that Miles may have gotten unwarranted marquee treatment at the expense of the greater star, I'm afraid the comparative neglect of this album can only sharpen their point.
Sure, the band is a trifle ragged in spots, but the fast tempos, erratic programming, improbable mix of the personal, the historical, the exotic, the eccentric, the dramatic, and the sheer excitement of pyrotechnics used not for display but to create aesthetic tension all make for one of the most engaging big band performances on record. And through it all Diz does what he does best--"play" with the music. Music even as supercharged as this should be fun, and Diz like Mozart the master player, is the genius who never allows his art to be anything more nor less than a captivating game.
His trumpet work on "Dizzy's Blues" and "Cool Breeze" is spectacular yet effortless at the same time.Read more ›
thrilled audiences at The Newport Jazz Festival in 1957, which was exclusively captured
on this winning live album on that same year. Backed by his big band, Dizzy At Newport
gives us the absolute live atmosphere, great performances, Dizzy’s sense of humor and
electrifying solos that help makes it one of the most highly acclaimed and celebrated live
jazz recordings in music history. With a stellar big band cast that includes trombonist Al
Grey, Billy Mitchell, rising young trumpet sensation Lee Morgan, saxophonist- composer
Benny Golson and Quincy Jones doing the arrangements, the orchestra roars with such
extraordinary solos and sheer perfection as Dizzy At Newport showcase Dizzy’s second
great big band at the peak of it’s powers. Featuring an enthralling track list that includes
the blazing Cool Breeze, a humorous take on Doodlin’, School Days (also a hit for Louis
Jordan And The Tympani Five). I Remember Clifford, and Dizzy’s Blues, master pianist-
composer Mary Lou Williams makes her glorious guest appearance on selections of her
famed Zodiac Suite and a stirring rendition of Carioca. As one of the great live big band
albums ever to have grace The Newport Jazz Festival from the 1950’s and early-1960’s
(ranked along with Maynard Ferguson’s highly praised A Message From Newport, Duke
Ellington’s phenomenal Newport albums, Count Basie At Newport, Gerry Mulligan’s The
Concert Jazz Band At Newport and Quincy Jones’ Live At Newport), this live session is
hailed as one of the most highly honoured live big band recordings ever to be produced.
Dizzy At Newport is a gripping and timeless jazz landmark from music history which will
blow you away and leave such a tremendous impact on you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Be sure to get the 2007 (50th Anniversary) remaster, not the earlier version shown at this site.Published 21 months ago by alan
When I first listened to this album I was both surprised and delighted. The surprise stemmed from the fact that I had always believed that the gold standards for Newport Jazz... Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by Mike Tarrani
While the Newport Jazz Festival recordings of the big bands of Duke Ellington and Count Basie from 1956 and 1957 are justifiably famous, Dizzy Gillespie also lead an exciting... Read morePublished on July 26, 2009 by Roger Berlind
this is a must have disc.all of the genius elements that made dizzy the genius that he is can be found on this disc.his style his humor are all on display in ther fullest zenith.Published on November 20, 1999
This album is a great example of Dizzy's showmanship and humor. You can tell everyone is having fun. Because of this it is accesible to anyone, jazz enthusiast or not. Read morePublished on September 11, 1999