Dizzy Gillespie: Manteca (live 1948)




Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet)


Dizzy Gillespie And His Big Band In Concert — Featuring Chano Pozo (GNP/Crescendo 23)

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Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet),

and a big band featuring James Moody (tenor sax) and Chano Pozo, (congas)


Composed by Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo


Recorded: Recorded live in 1948


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

                Dizzy Gillespie at Birdland, photo by Marcel Fleiss

Often regarded as the quintessential representation of Latin jazz, “Manteca” was innovative among contemporary compositions for the heightened level of synthesis between Afro-Cuban music and American jazz. Introduced to Afro-Cuban music by trumpeter/composer Mario Bauza, Dizzy Gillespie sought to explore the music with his big band, adding the Cuban conguero Chano Pozo in September 1947. Until his untimely and mythic demise just over a year later, Chano Pozo made an indelible mark on both the jazz and Latin American music worlds. This track contrasts sections of more percussion-driven, rhythmically complex Afro-Cuban passages with passages that are more akin to the melodic and harmonic conventions of American jazz.

Reviewer: Mark Lomanno

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