Dizzy Gillespie & Roy Eldridge: I've Found a New Baby
I've Found a New Baby
Roy and Diz (Verve 521647)
Composed by Jack Palmer & Spencer Williams.
Recorded: New York, October 29, 1954
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
Known at times for having a contentious relationship, Gillespie and his idol, Roy Eldridge, are united for this recording on Norman Granz's Verve label. The competition between the two—both of whom were known for winning "cutting" contests—produces a stellar album. This piece opens and closes with a drum-and-trumpet feature in the New Orleans "street beat" style, which complements the unwavering swing of the melody and solo sections. Gillespie and Eldridge are backed by one of the best rhythm sections in jazz history (the Oscar Peterson Trio, with the addition of Louie Bellson here), which wisely stays clear of the limelight, providing a solid foundation on which this great trumpet battle is staged.
Reviewer: Mark Lomanno