Cab Calloway (featuring Dizzy Gillespie): Pickin' the Cabbage


Pickin' the Cabbage


Cab Calloway & His Orchestra


New York 1939-1940, Vol. D (JSP 2006)

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Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet),

Mario Bauzá, Lammar Wright (trumpets), Quentin Jackson, Keg Johnson, Tyree Glenn (trombones), Hilton Jefferson, Jerry Blake (aka Jacinto Chabani) (alto saxes & clarinets), Andrew Brown (alto & baritone saxes), Chu Berry (tenor sax & clarinet), Walter Thomas (tenor & baritone saxes, clarinet), Benny Payne (piano), Danny Barker (guitar), Milt Hinton (bass), Cozy Cole (drums)


Composed and arranged by Dizzy Gillespie


Recorded: Chicago, March 8, 1940


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Originally released on the Vocalion label, "Pickin' the Cabbage" is often referred to as Gillespie's first attempt at incorporating Latin rhythms in his compositions. His section mate Mario Bauzá helped him secure a spot in Calloway's band and introduced Gillespie to the music of Bauzá's native Cuba. The bass ostinato of this piece mimics the 3-2 Cuban clave that could also be heard in contemporary mambo recordings. As in such future compositions as "Manteca" and "A Night in Tunisia," Gillespie varies the syncopated Latin feel in the A section with a more straight-ahead swinging bridge. The lone solo falls to Dizzy, who plays well, showing glimpses of his future genius, and is backed by one of the best bands of its day.

Reviewer: Mark Lomanno

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