Dizzy Gillespie: Tour de Force


Tour de Force


Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet)


Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note 80507)

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Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Pepper Adams (baritone sax), Chick Corea (piano),

Garnett Brown (trombone), Richard Davis (bass), Mel Lewis (drums)


Composed by Dizzy Gillespie


Recorded: live at the Village Vanguard, New York, October 1, 1967


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

The band Gillespie assembled for this date was not his regular working group. Nonetheless the performance is cohesive, with each member afforded ample time to share the spotlight with Dizzy. Adams and Gillespie share the melodic responsibilities, while Brown can be heard in the background quoting "Jeepers Creepers" as a countermelody. The improvisations are of high quality: Adams quickly makes way for Brown, whom the liner notes tout as "one of the finest young trombonists to come along in decades." Gillespie sounds much the same as he did 20 years earlier, navigating the chord changes with range and velocity equal to that of his younger self. Also of interest is the track's concluding solo, featuring a young Chick Corea, whose harmonic choices and scalar runs show a fresh approach to Tatum (an obvious influence here).

Reviewer: Mark Lomanno

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