Dizzy Gillespie: Jitterbug Waltz
Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet)
Dizzy's Big 4 (Pablo 204432)
Ray Brown (bass), Mickey Roker (drums).
Composed by Fats Waller & Richard Maltby, Jr..
Recorded: Los Angeles, September 19, 1974
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
When Norman Granz founded Pablo Records to help support "older" jazz musicians, Gillespie was a natural choice for a new project, based on the success of prior collaborations. Dizzy's Big 4 is Gillespie's first recording for Pablo. The piano's absence is hardly noticed, as Pass provides both harmonic backing and an additional melodic voice for the ensemble. This arrangement of the Fats Waller standard is notable for the rhythm section's introductory vamp and the refreshing changes of time signatures and grooves. Performances of this song can rely too heavily on the "waltz feel" to drive the arrangement. Here, however, the quartet succeeds in energizing the performance with an interactive inventiveness.
Reviewer: Mark Lomanno