Chip Deffaa
April 01, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Dizzy Gillespie And His Big Band: In Concert

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Crescendo, GNP
genre
Jazz

We gave it an A

The audacity, the elan of Dizzy Gillespie at his peak — with his ideas amplified by a big band considered revolutionary in its day — still dazzle 46 years after these live concert recordings were made. The disc, Dizzy Gillespie and His Big Band: In Concert is especially valuable because a musicians’ union strike in 1948 prevented this particular ensemble from making records (and they got to stretch out in a way they never could have on record anyway). This is also the last recording of noted Afro-Cuban jazz percussionist Chano Pozo. A

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