Dizzy Gillespie: Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac
Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac
Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet, vocals)
Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac (Impulse 11782)
Mike Longo (piano), Frank Schifano (electric bass), Otis “Candy” Finch (drums).
Composed by Dizzy Gillespie.
Recorded: live at Memory Lane, Los Angeles, May 25-26, 1967
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
The magic of a live performance is captured in this rendition of the Gillespie classic based on an African-American spiritual. Opening with a chant reminiscent of the Yoruba-derived religious chants of Chano Pozo, Gillespie welcomes Moody on stage as the "response" to his "call." To Dizzy's carefully executed passages, Moody sarcastically replies, "Yo' mom-o…and yo' papa, too," sending the musicians and audience into an uproar. What follows is a groove-oriented Gillespie solo in which he shows great range and facility. Mike Longo, a new member of the band at that time, headlines a rhythm section playing in an energetic R&B style.
Reviewer: Mark Lomanno