Dizzy Gillespie: Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac


Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac


Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet, vocals)


Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac (Impulse 11782)

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Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet, vocals), James Moody (alto & tenor saxes, flute, vocals),

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

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