Dizzy Gillespie: Tin Tin Deo (1956 live version)


Tin Tin Daeo (Deo)


Dizzy Gillespie Big Band


Dizzy in South America, Vol. 2 (Consolidated Artists Productions CAP934)

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17-piece band featuring Dizzy Gillespie (leader, trumpet, and arranger) and Marty Flax (baritone sax)


Composed by Chano Pozo, Walter “Gil” Fuller, and Dizzy Gillespie


Recorded: 1956


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

                Dizzy Gillespie at Birdland, photo by Marcel Fleiss

Although Chano Pozo’s conga drums are missing from the ensemble (he died in 1948), this live performance tells of the legacy he and Gillespie fostered—grafting Afro-Cuban rhythms with straight-ahead jazz. This State Department tour brought the killer big band to South America. Baritone saxophonist Marty Flax played a significant anchoring role with his percussive attack, keeping the deep groove of this “chant” infused with vitality. His solo is gruff and heavy, but also lyrical. The delayed phrasing by Gillespie on the melody is offset by the pyrotechnic showcase he and the brass section display throughout.

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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