Dizzy Gillespie: Lover Come Back to Me


Lover Come Back to Me


Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet)


The Complete RCA Victor Recordings: 1937-1949 (Bluebird/RCA 66528)

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Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Cecil Payne (baritone sax),

Willie Cook, Dave Burns, Elmon Wright (trumpets), Andy Duryea, Sam Hurt, Jesse Tarrant (trombones), John Brown, Ernie Henry (alto sax), Joe Gayles, Budd Johnson (tenor sax), James Foreman Jr. (piano), Al McKibbon (bass), Teddy Stewart (drums), Sabu Martinez, bongo), Joe Harris, conga


Composed by Sigmund Romberg & Oscar Hammerstein II. Arranged by John Lewis


Recorded: New York, December 28, 1948


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

This 1948 session for Victor showcases the Gillespie Orchestra as one of the most innovative ensembles of its era. The intricate arrangement features a syncopated ostinato, implying 6/8 time, anchored by baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne that underscores Gillespie's lyrical rendition of the melody in 3/4 time. The added percussion helps suggest an overall bolero aesthetic. On the bridge, the melody, split between the sax and brass sections, is rhythmically reworked to fit a more articulated Latin feel. After a quick cadenza, Gillespie launches the band into a double-time swing passage that features Dizzy's masterful trumpet skills in all their pyrotechnical glory.

Reviewer: Mark Lomanno

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