Dizzy Gillespie: Kush




Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet, vocals)


An Electrifying Evening with the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet (Verve 314 557 544 2)

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Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet, vocals), Leo Wright (alto sax), Lalo Schifrin (piano), Bob Cunningham (bass),

Chuck Lampkin (drums)


Recorded: Live at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 9, 1961


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

Kush, an early civilization centered in North Africa's Nubian region (today's Sudan), flourished from 2000 to 1500 BC. Dizzy Gillespie, an early bebopper in North America's New York region (today's Harlem), flourished between 1917 and 1993 AD. These two monumental forces converge on this track recorded, significantly, at the Museum of Modern Art. Nobody did more than Dizzy Gillespie to make jazz a modern art. It's doubtful the Kushites would've appreciated Dizzy, but what matters is he appreciated them. This 6/4 tribute is more exciting than an unexpected encounter with the Kushites' worst nightmare, Conan the Barbarian. Dizzy kicks tush.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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