Dizzy Gillespie - Live at the Royal Festival Hall, London
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The video is sometimes a little confused but the sound is as good as being there and the music itself is classic, with some memorable solos to be heard.
Whether you're a fan of Dizzy's or Latin jazz in general, there is much to enjoy.
Slide Hampton's arrangements are basic, functioning a pleasant framework for a terrific set of solos - most of the highlights come from the unrelated Rivieras, James Moody and Steve Turre and (of course) Sandoval, then at the height of his virtuosity and showmanship. Moody also sings King Pleasure's version of his `Moody's Mood For Love'. Dizzy's most appealing spots are his duet with Sandoval on `And Then She Stopped' and `Kush' (also notable for James Moody's intro).
Those who remember the vinyl release of the companion album will be relieved to hear that both of Flora Purim's vocals are intact (and, despite a programming error, Esquinas is not abbreviated). But there is a serious problem with this film, still unresolved...
The original TV broadcast from this concert began with a very fine version of Manteca, lasting around 10 minutes. It was omitted from the video - and it's not included here either! All we get is the intro in the opening titles, and the closing guitar/conga break in the closing titles!
Message to all DVD production companies: you should know that if you do not take the time and trouble to restore glaring edits in music films, and at other times generally make every logical effort to utilize the DVD format's storage capacity - you will be regarded as rip-off-merchants, fraudsters. And what's more, wasters of plastic and electricity.
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High quality recording of Dizzy's United Nations Orchestra with some killer playing and solos. Worth every dime !Published 22 months ago by Russell D. Dixon
dizzy, put together some of the greatest artist in the world for this show. to bad some of them are not with us any longer they left behind great music.Published on April 29, 2013 by ANGE
I already knew the concert, so I also knew the music quality of what I was going to see. Incredible musicians, and a real nations unity.Published on March 11, 2012 by pablotion
Dizzy displays his talents here. Though he is older, the music still sounds fresh. Gillespie is accompanied by an allstar band of international musicians. This is a must see.Published on October 12, 2009 by M. Bell
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