Dizzy Gillespie: You Stole My Wife, You Horsethief
You Stole My Wife, You Horsethief
Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet)
The Dizzy Gillespie Story 1939-1950 (Proper Box 30)
Willie Cook, Don Slaughter, Elmon Wright (trumpets); Matthew Gee, Sam Hurt, Charles Greenlee (trombones); Jesse Powell (tenor sax), Al Gibson (baritone sax), Johnny Acea (piano), John Collins (guitar).
Composed by Paul Reis & Harris Sims. Arranged by Buster Harding.
Recorded: New York, November 21, 1949
Rating: 70/100 (learn more)
"Every generation of blacks since slavery," asserted Dizzy Gillespie, "has had to develop its own way of Tomming, of accommodating itself to a basically unjust situation." No white person would dare claim that all blacks since slavery have been Tomming, but perhaps Diz meant by this signifyin'—a thinly veiled Afro-American put-on. Through such expedient, it's arguable that Tomming is an adaptation whereby wily blacks outsmart the Man through subversive playacting. Even so, this out-of-tune farce replete with whinnying trumpet makes us side with Miles Davis: "I love Dizzy, but I hated that clowning shit he did for white folks."
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz