Dizzy Gillespie: Cubano Be, Cubano Bop (aka Afro-Cuban Drum Suite)
Cubano Be, Cubano Bop (aka Afro-Cuban Drum Suite)
Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet)
Pleyel Jazz Concert 1948 (BMG International 40941)
Dave Burns, Lamar Wright Jr., Benny Bailey, Elmon Wright (trumpets), Ted Kelly, Bill Shepherd (trombones), John Brown, Howard Johnson (alto saxes), George Nicholas, Joe Gayles (tenor saxes), Ceil Payne (baritone sax), John Lewis (piano), Al McKibbon (bass), Kenny Clarke (drums).
Composed and arranged by George Russell.
Recorded: live in France, 1948
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Listed on the album as "Afro-Cuban Drum Suite," this version of George Russell's "Cubano Be, Cubano Bop" features an especially rich, improvised duet by conguero Chano Pozo and Gillespie not heard on other versions. Recorded live in France as part of a very successful European tour in 1948, this was the last time Pozo would record this seminal piece of jazz history with the Gillespie band (he was murdered in November of the same year). The composition was originally commissioned for a September 1947 concert at Carnegie Hall that was the premiere of Gillespie's new Afro-Cuban jazz aesthetic, later dubbed "Cubop." In his improvisation, Gillespie demonstrates a remarkable affinity for Afro-Cuban rhythms, which he seamlessly melds with bebop phrasing and vocabulary.
Reviewer: Mark Lomanno