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Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time (some would say the best), Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ended up copying Miles Davis and Fats Navarro instead, and it was not until Jon Faddis' emergence in the 1970s that Dizzy's style was successfully recreated. Somehow, Gillespie could make any "wrong" note fit, and harmonically he was ahead of everyone in the 1940s, including Charlie Parker. Unlike Bird, Dizzy was an enthusiastic teacher who wrote down his musical innovations and was eager to explain them to the next generation, thereby insuring that bebop would eventually become the foundation of jazz.

Dizzy Gillespie was also one of the key founders of Afro-Cuban (or Latin) jazz, adding Chano Pozo's conga to his orchestra in 1947, and utilizing complex poly-rhythms early on. The leader of two of the finest big bands in jazz history, Gillespie differed from many in the bop generation by being a masterful showman who could make his music seem both accessible and fun to the audience. With his puffed-out cheeks, bent trumpet (which occurred by accident in the early '50s when a dancer tripped over his horn), and quick wit, Dizzy was a colorful figure to watch. A natural comedian, Gillespie was also a superb scat singer and occasionally played Latin percussion for the fun of it, but it was his trumpet playing and leadership abilities that made him into a jazz giant.

The youngest of nine children, John Birks Gillespie taught himself trombone and then switched to trumpet when he was 12. He grew up in poverty, won a scholarship to an agricultural school (Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina), and then in 1935 dropped out of school to look for work as a musician. Inspired and initially greatly influenced by Roy Eldridge, Gillespie (who soon gained the nickname of "Dizzy") joined Frankie Fairfax's band in Philadelphia. In 1937, he became a member of Teddy Hill's orchestra in a spot formerly filled by Eldridge. Dizzy made his recording debut on Hill's rendition of "King Porter Stomp" and during his short period with the band toured Europe. After freelancing for a year, Gillespie joined Cab Calloway's orchestra (1939-1941), recording frequently with the popular bandleader and taking many short solos that trace his development; "Pickin' the Cabbage" finds Dizzy starting to emerge from Eldridge's shadow. However, Calloway did not care for Gillespie's constant chance-taking, calling his solos "Chinese music." After an incident in 1941 when a spitball was mischievously thrown at Calloway (he accused Gillespie but the culprit was actually Jonah Jones), Dizzy was fired.

By then, Gillespie had already met Charlie Parker, who confirmed the validity of his musical search. During 1941-1943, Dizzy passed through many bands including those led by Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, Charlie Barnet, Fess Williams, Les Hite, Claude Hopkins, Lucky Millinder (with whom he recorded in 1942), and even Duke Ellington (for four weeks). Gillespie also contributed several advanced arrangements to such bands as Benny Carter, Jimmy Dorsey, and Woody Herman; the latter advised him to give up his trumpet playing and stick to full-time arranging.

Dizzy ignored the advice, jammed at Minton's Playhouse and Monroe's Uptown House where he tried out his new ideas, and in late 1942 joined Earl Hines' big band. Charlie Parker was hired on tenor and the sadly unrecorded orchestra was the first orchestra to explore early bebop. By then, Gillespie had his style together and he wrote his most famous composition "A Night in Tunisia." When Hines' singer Billy Eckstine went on his own and formed a new bop big band, Diz and Bird (along with Sarah Vaughan) were among the members. Gillespie stayed long enough to record a few numbers with Eckstine in 1944 (most noticeably "Opus X" and "Blowing the Blues Away"). That year he also participated in a pair of Coleman Hawkins-led sessions that are often thought of as the first full-fledged bebop dates, highlighted by Dizzy's composition "Woody'n You."

1945 was the breakthrough year. Dizzy Gillespie, who had led earlier bands on 52nd Street, finally teamed up with Charlie Parker on records. Their recordings of such numbers as "Salt Peanuts," "'Shaw Nuff," "Groovin' High," and "Hot House" confused swing fans who had never heard the advanced music as it was evolving; and Dizzy's rendition of "I Can't Get Started" completely reworked the former Bunny Berigan hit. It would take two years for the often frantic but ultimately logical new style to start catching on as the mainstream of jazz. Gillespie led an unsuccessful big band in 1945 (a Southern tour finished it), and late in the year he traveled with Parker to the West Coast to play a lengthy gig at Billy Berg's club in L.A. Unfortunately, the audiences were not enthusiastic (other than local musicians) and Dizzy (without Parker) soon returned to New York.

The following year, Dizzy Gillespie put together a successful and influential orchestra which survived for nearly four memorable years. "Manteca" became a standard, the exciting "Things to Come" was futuristic, and "Cubana Be/Cubana Bop" featured Chano Pozo. With such sidemen as the future original members of the Modern Jazz Quartet (Milt Jackson, John Lewis, Ray Brown, and Kenny Clarke), James Moody, J.J. Johnson, Yusef Lateef, and even a young John Coltrane, Gillespie's big band was a breeding ground for the new music. Dizzy's beret, goatee, and "bop glasses" helped make him a symbol of the music and its most popular figure. During 1948-1949, nearly every former swing band was trying to play bop, and for a brief period the major record companies tried very hard to turn the music into a fad.

By 1950, the fad had ended and Gillespie was forced, due to economic pressures, to break up his groundbreaking orchestra. He had occasional (and always exciting) reunions with Charlie Parker (including a fabled Massey Hall concert in 1953) up until Bird's death in 1955, toured with Jazz at the Philharmonic (where he had opportunities to "battle" the combative Roy Eldridge), headed all-star recording sessions (using Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, and Sonny Stitt on some dates), and led combos that for a time in 1951 also featured Coltrane and Milt Jackson. In 1956, Gillespie was authorized to form a big band and play a tour overseas sponsored by the State Department. It was so successful that more traveling followed, including extensive tours to the Near East, Europe, and South America, and the band survived up to 1958. Among the young sidemen were Lee Morgan, Joe Gordon, Melba Liston, Al Grey, Billy Mitchell, Benny Golson, Ernie Henry, and Wynton Kelly; Quincy Jones (along with Golson and Liston) contributed some of the arrangements. After the orchestra broke up, Gillespie went back to leading small groups, featuring such sidemen in the 1960s as Junior Mance, Leo Wright, Lalo Schifrin, James Moody, and Kenny Barron. He retained his popularity, occasionally headed specially assembled big bands, and was a fixture at jazz festivals. In the early '70s, Gillespie toured with the Giants of Jazz and around that time his trumpet playing began to fade, a gradual decline that would make most of his '80s work quite erratic. However, Dizzy remained a world traveler, an inspiration and teacher to younger players, and during his last couple of years he was the leader of the United Nation Orchestra (featuring Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval). He was active up until early 1992.

Dizzy Gillespie's career was very well documented from 1945 on, particularly on Musicraft, Dial, and RCA in the 1940s; Verve in the 1950s; Philips and Limelight in the 1960s; and Pablo in later years. ~ Scott Yanow
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Dizzy Gillespie & Friends: Concert Of The Century (Remixes)

1. Darben The Redd Foxx (Feat. James Moody) (Butter Remix)

2. Time On My Hands (Rear Window Remix)

3. Darben The Redd Foxx (Feat. James Moody) (Streets Of Fandango Remix)

4. Darben The Redd Foxx (Feat. James Moody) (Butter Instrumental Remix)

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Track List: Dizzy Gillespie & Friends: Concert Of The Century - A Tribute To Charlie Parker

1. Blue 'n' Boogie

2. If I Should Lose You

3. Darben The Redd Foxx

4. Time On My Hands

5. Get Happy

6. The Shadow Of Your Smile

7. Bass Solo / Manhã De Carnaval / Work Song

8. Stardust

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Track List: The Fabulous Dizzy Gillespie Pleyel Jazz Concert 1948 (Jazz Connoisseur - Live)

1. Round About Midnight (Live 1948)

2. Algo Bueno (Woody'n You - Live)

3. I Can't Get Started (Live 1948)

4. Ool-Ya-Koo (Live 1948)

5. Afro-Cuban Drum Suite (Live 1948)

6. Things To Come (Live 1948)

7. Oop-Pap-Ada (Live 1948)

8. Two Bass Hit (Live 1948)

9. Good Bait (Live 1948)

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Track List: Caravan

1. Caravan

2. Stardust

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Track List: All That Jazz, Vol. 26: From Combo To Big Band Bop – Dizzy Gillespie (2015 Digital Remaster)

1. Cubana Be

3. A Night In Tunisia

4. Swedish Suite

5. Blue 'n Boogie

7. Manteca

8. Salt Peanuts

9. Algo Bueno

10. All The Things You Are

11. Dizzy Atmosphere

12. Ow!

13. Hot House

14. Groovin' High

15. Two Bass Hit

16. Overtime

17. Stay On It

18. Oop-Pop-A-Da

19. Good Bait

20. Cool Breeze

21. Minor Walk

22. Victory Ball

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Track List: Laby Be Good: Live 1953

1. Intro (Live)

2. The Champ (Live)

3. Good Bait (Live)

4. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Live)

5. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance (Live)

6. Lady Be Cool (Live)

7. (I've Got) The Bluest Blues[Live]

8. Mon Homme (Live)

9. Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be (Live)

10. Embraceable You (Live)

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Track List: Anthologie 1 (Bye Bye Blues) (Live)

1. King Porter Stomp (Live)

2. Hot Mallets (Live)

3. Pluckin' The Bass (Live)

4. Pickin' The Cabbage (Live)

5. Calling All Bars (Live)

6. Hard Times (Live)

7. Bye Bye Blues (Live)

8. Hot Air (Live)

9. Jersey Bounce (Live)

10. Little John Special (Live)

11. Woody 'n' You (Live)

12. Bu-Dee-Daht (Live)

13. Disorder At The Border (Live)

14. Taking A Chance On Love (Live)

15. Rose Room (Live)

16. Opus X (Live)

17. East Of The Sun (Live)

18. I Can't Get Started (Live)

19. Good Bait (Live)

20. Salted Peanuts (Live)

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Track List: Dizzy Gillespie And Friends

1. Caravan

2. Stardust

3. They Can't Take That Away From Me

4. Salt Peanuts

5. Anthropology

6. Manteca

7. Indian Summer

8. Willow Weep For Me

9. Minnie The Moocher

10. My Melancholy Baby

11. What Is This Thing Called Love

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Track List: The Dizzy Gillespie Collection (Plus Exclusive Lo-Fi Interview)

1. Groovin' High

2. I Can't Get Started

3. Good Bait

4. Be Bop (Dizzie's Fingers)

5. Blue 'n' Boogie

6. All The Things You Are

7. Dizzy Atmosphere

8. Salt Peanuts

9. Shaw 'Nuff

10. Hot House

11. Round Midnight

12. A Night In Tunisia

13. Anthropology

14. Oop Bop Sh' Bam

15. Our Delight

16. Things To Come

17. Emanon

18. Algo Bueno (Woody 'n' You)

19. Cubana Be, Cubana Bop

20. Manteca

21. Lover, Come Back To Me

22. Tin Tin Deo

23. Birk's Works

24. The Champ

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Track List: Here It Is

1. Here It Is

2. Desafinado

3. Long Long Summer

4. Waited For You

5. For The Gysies

6. Chega De Saudade

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Track List: A Portrait of Dizzy Gillespie

1. Blue Rhythm Fantasy

2. Hot Mallets

3. Pickin' the Cabbage

4. Bye Bye Blues

5. Little John Special

6. Woody 'n' You

7. Disorder At the Border

8. I Stay in the Mood for You

9. Good Bait

10. Perdido

11. Groovin' High

12. Dizzy Atmosphere

13. Red Cross

14. Salt Peanuts

15. Shaw 'Nuff

16. Diggin' Diz

17. Confirmation

18. A Night in Tunisia

19. Our Delight

20. Things to Come

21. Ow!

22. Leap Here

23. Woody 'n' You (Algo Bueno)

24. Katy

25. Bloomdido

26. Swing Low Sweet Chariot

27. Tin Tin Deo

28. Chris 'n' Diz

29. Cool Eyes

30. Evening Sound

31. Groovin' for Nat

32. Jordu

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Track List: Big Bands Of The Swingin' Years: Dizzy Gillespie With Sarah Vaughn (Digitally Remastered)

1. Rhumbop Concerto

2. Study In Soulphony

3. Love Me Or Leave Me

4. Body And Soul

5. Oo Pa Pa Da

6. Ool Ya Koo

7. I'm Beboppin' Too

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Track List: Vintage Series

1. King Porter Stomp

2. Yours And Mine

3. Blue Rhythm Fantasy

4. A Night In Tunisia

5. 52nd Street Theme

6. Anthropology

7. Lover Come Back To Me

8. St. Louis Blues

9. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid

10. Hey Pete! Le's Eat Mo' Meat

11. Woody'n You

12. Ool-Ya-Koo

13. Duff Capers

14. I'm Be Boppin' Too

15. Guarachi Guaro

16. In The Land Of Oo-Bla-Dee

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Track List: Oo-Pop-A-Dah

1. Long Long Summer

2. Alone Together

3. Dizzy Atmosphere

4. Sweet Lorraine

5. Oo-Pop-A-Dah

6. Rhumbop Concerto

7. Our Delight

8. Things To Love

9. Three Hearts In A Tangle

10. They Can't Take That Away From Me

11. Pau De Arara

12. No Greater Love

13. The Mooche

14. Lady Be Good

15. Good Dues Blues

16. Kush

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Track List: Blue N' Boogie

1. Blue N' Boogie

2. Groovin' High

3. Dizzy Atmosphere

4. All These Things You Are

5. Hot House

6. Oop Bop Sh'bam

7. Our Delight

8. Good Dues Blues

9. Things To Love

10. Ray's Idea

11. Emanon

12. Intro. By D. Ellington & D. Gillespie

13. Desafinado

14. Lorraine

15. Long Long Summer

16. Oop Pop A Da

17. Pau De Arara

18. Kush

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Track List: The Ultimate Collection

1. Minor

2. Cubana Be

3. Oo-Pop-A-Da

4. 52nd Street Theme

5. 'Round About Midnight

6. For Hecklers Only

7. St Louis Blues

8. The Way You Look Tonight

9. Shaw'Nuff

10. Bloomdido

11. Lover Come Back To Me

12. I'm Be Boppin' Too

13. Jump Di-Le-Ba

14. Woody 'n' You

15. Dizzy Atmosphere

16. Manteca

17. Ool-Ya-Koo

19. Ten Lessons With Timothy

20. In The Land Of Oo-Bla-Dee

21. A Night In Tunisia

22. Oo-La-La

23. Duff Capers

24. Slim's Jam

26. Cubana Bop

28. Blue 'n' Boogie

29. Stay On It

31. When I Grow Too Old To Dream

32. All The Things You Are

33. My Melancholy Baby

34. I Stay In The Mood For You

35. Salt Peanuts

36. Swing Low Sweet Chariot

37. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid

38. Lullaby Of The Leaves

39. Disorder At The Border

41. Two Bass Hit

42. Groovin' High

43. Good Bait

44. You Stole My Wife, You Horsethief

45. Hot House

46. Bebop

47. Confirmation

48. Hot Mallets

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Track List: Dizzy On The French Riviera (Live)

1. No More Blues (Live)

2. Long, Long Summer (Live)

3. I Waited For You (Live)

4. Desafinado (Live)

5. Here It Is (Live)

6. Pau De Arara (Live)

7. For The Gypsies (Live)

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Track List: Things To Come

1. Things To Come

2. What Is There To Say

3. Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac

4. Caravan

5. For Hecklers Only

6. Time On My Hands

7. Tin Tin Deo

8. Smoky Hollow Jump

9. The Bluest Blues

10. Star Dust

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Track List: Swingin' Low

1. Tin Tin Deo

2. Alone Together

3. Lady Be Good

4. Hot House

5. March Of The Boyd's

6. Oop-Bop-Sh'bam

7. Bopsie's Blues

8. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

9. For Hecklers Only

10. I Couldn't Beat the Rap

11. Birk's Works

12. On the Alamo

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Track List: Blue And Sentimental: From The Archives (Remastered)

1. Night And Day

2. The Man I Love

3. When It's Sleepy Time Down South

4. Sweet And Lovely

5. My Old Flame

6. Jalousie

7. Blue And Sentimental

8. Pennies From Heaven

9. The Very Thought Of You

10. Blue Moon

11. Groovin' High

12. All The Things You Are

13. Dizzy Atmosphere

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Track List: Closer To The Source

1. Could It Be You

2. It's Time For Love

3. Closer To The Source

4. You're No. 1-In My Book

5. Iced Tea

6. Just Before Dawn

7. Textures

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Track List: The Very Best Of

1. Manteca

2. No Greater Love

3. Desafinado

4. Blue 'N Boogie

5. Groovin' High

6. Emamon

7. Ray's Idea

8. Oop Bop Sh'bam

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Track List: Savoy Jazz Super EP

1. Groovin' High

2. Caravan

3. School Days

4. Salt Peanuts

5. Lover Man

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Track List: Night In Tunisia

1. Manteca Theme

2. Whisper Not

3. I Remember Clifford

4. Night In Tunisia

5. Jor-Du

6. Tangorine

7. Cool Breeze

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Track List: Cool Breeze

1. Jordu

2. Groovin' High

3. Jessica's Day

4. Tin Tin Deo

5. Dizzy's Business

6. I Remember Clifford

7. Autumn Leaves

8. Begin The Beguine

9. Berks Works

10. Cool Breeze

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Track List: Chronological Classics: Dizzy Gillespie, 1952

1. Cocktails For Two

2. Cognac Blues

3. Moon Nocturne

5. Blue And Sentimental

6. Just One More Chance

8. Hurry Home

9. Afro Paris

10. Say Eh!

11. I Cover The Waterfront

12. The Man I Love

13. Night And Day

14. Sweet And Lovely

15. My Old Flame

16. I Waited For You

18. They Can't Take That Away From Me

19. Break At The Beginning (Taking A Chance On Love)

20. When It's Sleepy Time Down South

21. Lullaby In Rhythm

23. Ain't Misbehavin'

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Track List: 1953-1954 The Very Best Of

1. A Night In Tunisia (1946)

2. Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac

3. Manteca

4. Rumbola

5. Caravan

6. Jump Did-Le Ba

7. Hey Pete

8. 52nd Street Theme

9. Bloomdido

10. Blue Mood

11. Anthropology

12. St. Louis Blues

13. A Night In Tunisia

14. Groovin' High

15. Con Alma

16. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid

17. In The Land Of Oo-Bla-Dee

18. Salt Peanuts

19. Disorder At The Border

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Track List: The Chronological 1953-1954

1. Impromptu

2. Manteca Theme

3. Sugar Hips

4. Hey Pete

5. One Alone

6. Money Honey

8. Caravan

10. Blue Mood

11. Rails

12. Devil And The Fish

13. Rumbola

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Track List: Kusch (Compilation)

1. Kusch

2. Be Bop (2006)

3. Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac (Traditional)(2006)

4. Brother K

5. Minor Walk

6. Emanon

7. Two Bass Hit (2006)

8. Thing To Come

9. Oop-Pop-A-Dah

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Track List: Anthology

1. Dizzy Atmosphere

2. Hot House

3. Oop Bop Sh'bam

4. Our Delight

5. Things To Come

6. Ray's Idea

7. Emanon

8. Good Dues Blues

9. Oo Pop A Dah

10. Kush

11. Pau De Arara

12. Lorraine

13. Long Long Summer

14. Desafinado

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Track List: Gettin' Dizzy: The High Flying Dizzy Gillespie

1. Tin Tin Deo

2. Star Dust

3. Caravan

4. Salt Peanuts

5. The Champ (Parts One And Two)

6. All The Things You Are

7. Dizzy Atmoshphere

8. Hot House

9. Lover Man

10. Groovin' High

11. Oop-Bop-Sh'bam

12. Birk's Works

13. I Found A Million Dollar Baby

14. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

15. Things To Come

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Track List: The Jazz Biography

1. Night In Tunisia

2. Lover Man

3. Oop-pop-a-da

4. Two Bass Hit

5. Algo Bueno

6. Good Bait

7. Shaw 'Nuff

8. All The Things You Are

9. Manteca

10. 52nd Street Theme

11. Salt Peanuts

12. Oop Bop Sh'bam

13. Overtime

14. Ool-ya-Koo

15. Victory Ball

16. Guarachi Guaro

17. Katy

18. Things To Come

19. Jump Did-le-ba

20. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid

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Track List: Salt Peanuts

1. Barcelona

2. Blues Theme

3. Salt Peanuts

4. Sweet Low Sweet Cadillac

5. Night in Tunisia

6. Land of Milk and Honey

7. Girl From Ipanema

8. Tin Tin Deo

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Track List: Chronological Classics: Dizzy Gillespie 1952-1953

1. Summertime

2. Blue Moon

4. Cripple Crapple Crutch

5. Dizzy Song (Lady Bird)

7. She's Funny That Way

8. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

9. Sweet Lorraine

10. Everything Happens To Me

11. I Don't Know Why

12. Blue Skies

13. Umbrella Man

14. Pop's Confessin'

16. They Can't Take That Away From Me

17. Muskrat Ramble

18. Battle Of The Blues

19. How High The Moon

20. Always

24. Moon Nocturne

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Track List: The Chronological 1952

1. Cocktails For Two

2. Cognac Blues

3. Moon Nocturne

5. Blue And Sentimental

6. Just One More Chance

8. Hurry Home

9. Afro Paris

10. Say Eh!

11. I Cover The Waterfront

12. The Man I Love

13. Night And Day

14. Sweet And Lovely

15. My Old Flame

16. I Waited For You

18. They Can't Take That Away From Me

19. Break At The Beginning (Taking A Chance On Love)

20. When It's Sleepy Time Down South

21. Lullaby In Rhythm

23. Ain't Misbehavin'

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Track List: Dizzy Gillespie And His Operatic Strings Ochestra

1. Jealousy

2. Stormy Weather

3. Fine And Dandy

4. Blue Moon

5. Just One More Chance

6. I've Got You Under My Skin

7. The Man I Love

8. Sweet And Lovely

9. My Old Flame

10. When It's Sleepy Time Down South

11. Ain't Misbehavin'

12. Pennies From Heaven

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Track List: The Best Of Bebop: Dizzy Gillespie On Trumpet

1. A Night In Tunisia

3. Dizzy Atmosphere

4. Manteca

5. Groovin' High

6. Jessica's Day

7. Tin Tin Deo

8. Dizzy's Business

9. Begin The Beguine

10. Berks Works

11. Cool Breeze

12. Dizzy's Blues (Live)

13. Carioca (Live)

14. A Night In Tunisia (Live)

15. School Days (Live)

17. Left Hand Corner

18. Doodlin'

19. Annie's Dance

20. That's All

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Track List: The Best Of Odyssey (1945-1952)

1. Blue N' Boogie

2. Groovin' High

3. Shaw 'Nuff

4. Interlude (A Night In Tunesia)

5. Slim's Jam

6. That's Earl, Brother

7. He Beeped When He Shoulda Bopped

8. Our Delight

9. Things To Come

10. Emanon

11. I Found A Million Dollar Baby

12. On The Alamo

13. Tin Tin Deo

14. The Champ Parts 1 & 2

15. School Days

16. Caravan

17. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

18. Star Dust

19. Pops' Confession

20. They Can't Take That Away From Me

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Track List: Bebop Professor

1. Anthropology

2. 52nd Street Theme

3. Overtime

4. Manteca

5. Hot Mallets

6. Two Bass Hit

7. Cubana Be, Cubana Bop

8. Ol' Man Rebop

9. Good Bait

10. Jump Did-Le Ba

11. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid

13. A Night In Tunisia

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Track List: Odyssey 1945-1952

Disc 1

1. Blue 'n' Boogie

2. Groovin' High

3. All The Things You Are

4. Dizzy Atmosphere

5. Salt Peanuts

6. Shaw 'Nuff

7. Lover Man

8. Hot House

9. Interlude (A Night In Tunisia)

10. Evil Gal Blues

11. Don't Wear No Black

12. Dizzy's Boogie

13. Flat Foot Floogie

14. Poppity Pop

15. Slim's Jam

16. One Bass Hit (Pt. 1)

17. Oop- Bop-Sh'Bam

18. A Hand Fulla Gimmie

19. That's Earl, Brother

20. He Beeped When He Should Have Bopped

21. Our Delight

22. Good Dues Blues

Disc 2

1. One Bass Hit (Part 2)

2. Ray's Idea

3. Things To Come

4. He Beeped When He Should Have Bopped

5. I Waited For You

6. Emanon

7. For Hecklers Only

8. Smoky Hollow Blues

9. Boppin' The Blues

10. Moody Speaks

11. Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac

12. Lullaby Of The Leaves

13. I Found A Million Dollar Baby

14. What Is There To Say?

15. Alone Together

16. These Are The Things I Love

17. On The Alamo

18. Interlude (A Night In Tunisia)

19. We Love To Boogie

20. Tin Tin Deo

21. Birk's Works

Disc 3

1. Oh! Lady Be Good

2. Love Me. Pretty Baby

3. The Champ (Parts 1 And 2)

4. I'm In A Mess

5. School Days

6. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

7. Bopsie's Blues (Alternate Take)

8. Bopsie's Blues (Master Take)

9. I Couldn't Beat The Rap

10. Caravan (Master Take)

11. Caravan (Master Take)

12. Nobody Knows

13. The Bluest Blues

14. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

15. Star Dust

16. Time On My Hands

17. Blue Skies

18. The Umbrella Man

19. Pops' Confession

20. Oo-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be

21. They Can't Take That Away From Me

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Track List: Grandes Del Jazz 11, Vol.1: Dizzy Gillespie 1945-1955

1. Dizzy Atmosphere

2. All The Things You Are

3. Groovin' High

4. A Night In Tunisia

5. Anthropology

6. Good Bait

7. Manteca

8. Lover, Come Back To Me

9. Jump Did-Le Ba

10. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid

11. My Melancholy Baby

12. Relaxin' With Lee

13. Blue Moon

14. Summertime

15. The Way You Look Tonight

16. Undecided

17. Just One Of Those Things

18. The Heat's On

19. Begin The Beguine

20. Bout To Wail

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Track List: The Giant

1. Stella By Starlight (Instrumental)

2. I Waited For You (Instrumental)

3. Girl Of My Dreams (Instrumental)

4. Fiesta Mojo (Instrumental)

5. Serenity (Instrumental)

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Track List: Dizzy In Paris

1. Night And Day

2. The Man I Love

3. When It's Sleepy Time Down South

4. Sweet And Lovely

5. The Very Thought Of You

6. Jealousie

7. Blue And Sentimental

8. My Old Flame

9. Pennies From Heaven

10. Blue Moon

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Track List: Ken Burns Jazz

1. Pickin' The Cabbage

2. Disorder At The Border

3. Salt Peanuts

4. I Can't Get Started

5. A Night In Tunisia

6. Dizzy Atmosphere

7. Groovin' High

8. Things To Come

9. One Bass Hit, No. 2

10. Manteca

11. Bloomdido

12. Tin Tin Deo

13. Birks' Works

14. The Eternal Triangle

15. No More Blues (Chega De Saudade)

16. Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac

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Track List: Absolutely The Best: Dizzy Gillespie

1. Oop Bop Sh' Bam

2. Groovin' High

3. Salt Peanuts

4. All The Things You Are

5. That's Earl Brother

6. Things To Come

7. Blue 'n' Boogie

8. Stormy Weather

9. The Man I Love

10. Sweet And Lovely

11. Cocktails For Two

12. Perdido

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Track List: Ultimate Dizzy Gillespie

1. Birk's Works

2. Bloomdido

3. Sometimes I'm Happy

4. Wee (A.K.A. Allen's Alley)

5. I Remember Clifford

6. Con Alma

7. Ool-Ya-Koo

8. The Umbrella Man

9. Fiesta Mojo

10. Chega De Saudade (No More Blues)

11. Come Sunday

12. Bebop

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Track List: Dizzy For President

1. Dizzy Atmosphere

2. Morning Of The Carnival

3. The Cup Bearers

4. I'm In The Mood For Love

5. Desafinado

6. Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You?

7. No More Blues

8. Vote Dizzy (Salt Peanuts)

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Track List: Talkin' Verve

2. Theme From The Cool World

3. Jambo

4. Toccata

5. Taboo

6. Walk On The Wild Side

9. The Pushers

10. Kush

12. Bang Bang

13. Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac

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Track List: Pleyel Jazz Concert 1953 (Live)

1. Intro (Live)

2. The Champ (Live)

3. Good Bait (Live)

4. Swing Low...Sweet Cadillac (Live)

5. Oh Lady Be Good (Live)

6. Mon Homme (Live)

7. (I've Got) The Bluest Blues (Live)

8. Birk's Works (Live)

9. Ooh - Shoo - Bee - Doo - Be (Live)

10. They Can't Take That Away From Me (Live)

11. Embraceable You (Live)

12. Play Fiddle PLay (Live)

13. I Can't Get Started (Live)

14. Tin Tin Deo (Live)

15. On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Live)

16. School Days (Live)

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Track List: Dizzier And Dizzier

1. 52nd Street Theme

2. Night In Tunisia

3. Anthropology

4. Two Bass Hit

5. Cool Breeze

6. Cubana Be

7. Minor Walk

8. Good Bait

9. Lover Come Back To Me

10. I'm Be Boppin' Too

11. St. Louis Blues

12. That Old Black Magic

13. You Go To My Head

14. Dizzier And Dizzier

15. Hey Pete! Le's Eat More Meat

16. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid

17. In The Land Of Oo-Bla-Dee

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Night In Tunisia

2. 52nd Street Theme

3. Good Bait

4. Anthropology

5. Stay On It

6. Two Bass Hit

7. Manteca

8. Minor Walk

9. Lover, Come Back To Me

10. Ool-Ya-Koo

11. I'm Be Boppin' Too

12. You Go To My Head

13. St. Louis Blues

14. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid

15. Jump Did-Le Ba

16. In The Land Of Oo-Bla-Dee

17. Victory Ball

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Track List: Birks Works: The Verve Big-Band Sessions

Disc 1

1. Dizzy's Business

2. Hey, Pete

3. Jessica's Day

4. Tour De Force

5. I Can't Get Started

6. Stella By Starlight

7. Doodlin'

8. A Night In Tunisia (1956)

9. The Champ (1956)

10. Yesterdays

11. Tin Tin Deo

12. Groovin' For Nat

13. My Reverie

14. Dizzy's Blues

15. Annie's Dance

16. Cool Breeze

17. School Days

18. Jordu

19. Yo No Quiero Bailar

Disc 2

1. Birks' Works (1957)

2. Autumn Leaves

3. Tangerine

4. Over The Rainbow

5. Umbrella Man

6. If You Could See Me Now

7. Left Hand Corner (False Start)

8. Left Hand Corner (Alt)

9. Left Hand Corner (Alt)

10. Left Hand Corner (False Start)

11. Left Hand Corner

12. Whisper Not (Alt)

13. Whisper Not (Alt)

14. Whisper Not

15. Stablemates

16. That's All

17. Groovin' High

18. Mayflower Rock (Alt)

19. Mayflower Rock

20. Joogie Boogie

21. I Remember Clifford

22. You'll Be Sorry

23. Wonder Why

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Track List: Dizzy Gillespie - The Complete RCA Recordings

Disc 1

1. Manteca

2. Anthropology (Take 2)

3. King Porter Stomp

4. Yours And Mine

5. Blue Rhythm Fantasy

6. Hot Mallets

7. 52nd Street Theme (Take 1)

8. 52nd Street Theme (Take 2)

9. Night In Tunisia (Take 1)

10. Night In Tunisia (Incomplete Take)

11. Ol' Man Rebop

12. Anthropology (Take 1)

13. Ow!

14. Oop-Pop-A-Da

15. Two Bass Hit

16. Stay On It

17. Algo Bueno (Woody 'n You)

18. Cool Breeze

19. Cubana Be

20. Cubana Bop

21. Ool-Ya-Koo

22. Minor Walk

Disc 2

1. Good Bait

2. Guarachi Guaro

3. Duff Capers

4. Lover, Come Back to Me

5. I'm Be Boppin' Too (Take 1)

6. Swedish Suite

7. St. Louis Blues

8. I Should Care

9. That Old Black Magic

10. You Go To My Head

11. Jump Did-Le Ba

12. Dizzier and Dizzier

13. I'm Be Boppin' Too (Take 2)

14. Hey Pete! Le's Eat More Meat

15. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid

16. If Love is Trouble

17. In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee

18. Overtime (Shorter Take)

19. Overtime (Longer Take)

20. Victory Ball (Shorter Take)

21. Victory Ball (Longer Take)

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Track List: Verve Jazz Masters 10

1. Manteca

2. November Afternoon

3. A Night In Tunisia

4. Tour De Force

5. Trumpet Blues

6. Con Alma

7. I Can't Get Started / 'Round Midnight -Medley

8. Africana

9. Birk's Works

10. Desafinado

11. Leap Frog - Take 5

12. Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac

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Track List: Dizzy Gillespie Big Band: 1962

1. Things To Come

2. Ray's Idea

3. Manteca (2008)

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Track List: Gillespiana And Carnegie Hall Concert

1. Prelude

2. Blues

4. Africana

5. Toccata

6. Manteca

7. This Is The Way

8. Ool Ya Koo (live)

9. Kush

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Track List: Dizzy's Diamonds - The Best Of The Verve Years

Disc 1

1. Prelude

2. 'bout To Wail

3. Umbrella Man

4. The Chains

5. Birks'

6. Stella By Starlight

7. Dizzy's Business

8. Autumn Leaves

9. Dizzy's Blues

10. Flamingo

11. Jordu

12. Evening Sound

13. Take The

Disc 2

1. Blue 'n' Boogie

2. Bonnie's Blues

3. Ool-Ya-Koo

4. Blues After Dark

5. The Heat's On

6. Leap Frog

7. Where's Adam?

8. There Is No Greater Love

9. Just One Of Those Things

10. I Know That You Know

11. Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac

12. Dizzy Atmosphere

Disc 3

1. Manteca

2. Fiesta Mojo

3. A Night In Tunisia

4. And Then She Stopped

5. Tin Tin Deo

6. Desafinado

7. Africana

8. Pergunte Ao Joao (Ask John)

9. Caravan

10. This Lovely Feeling

11. Ungawa

12. Begin The Beguine

13. Con Alma

14. Rio Pakistan

15. Jambo

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Track List: The Best Of Dizzy Gillespie

1. Unicorn

2. Free Ride

3. Pensativo

4. Exuberante

5. Behind The Moonbeam

6. Shim, Sham, Shimmy On The St. Louis Blues

7. The Truth

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Track List: To Bird With Love: Live At The Blue Note

1. Billie's Bounce (Live At The Blue Note)

2. Bebop (Live At The Blue Note)

3. Ornithology (Live At The Blue Note)

4. Anthropology (Live At The Blue Note)

5. Oo Pa Pa Da (Live At The Blue Note)

6. The Diamond Jubilee Blues (Live At The Blue Note)

7. The Theme (Live At The Blue Note)

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Track List: Groovin' High

1. Blue 'n' Boogie

2. Groovin' High

3. Dizzy Atmosphere

4. All the Things You are

5. Salt Peanuts

6. Hot House

7. Oop Bop Sh' Bam

8. That's Earl Brother

9. Our Delight

10. One Bass Hit -part 2

11. Things to Come

12. Rays Idea

13. Emanon

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Track List: Compact Jazz: Dizzy Gillespie Big Band

1. Cool Breeze

2. Groovin' For Nat

3. Tangorine

4. I Can't Get Started

5. Stablemates

6. That's All

7. Jessica's Birthday

8. I Remember Clifford (Live)

9. Left Hand Corner

10. Tin Tin Deo (Live)

11. Doodlin (Live)

12. Annie's Dance