Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzier and Dizzier (Katy)


Dizzier and Dizzier (Katy)


Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet)


The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (Bluebird 66528)

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Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet),

Benny Harris, Elmon Wright, Willie Cook (trumpets), Andy Duryea, Sam Hurt, Jesse Tarrant (trombones), John Brown, Ernie Henry (alto saxes), Joe Gayles, Yusef Lateef (tenor saxes), Al Gibson (baritone saxophone), James Forman (piano), Al McKibbon (bass), Teddy Stewart (drums)


Composed & arranged by Gerald Wilson


Recorded: Chicago, May 6, 1949


Rating: 75/100 (learn more)

Under the name "Katy" (probably in honor of Mrs. William Basie), this composition was initially recorded in April 1949 by the Count Basie Orchestra. Not a very good performance, it stayed in the vault until 1955. Meanwhile, renamed "Dizzier and Dizzier," essentially the same arrangement was recorded 3½ weeks later by Dizzy Gillespie's big band. Not one of Gerald Wilson's better efforts, one wonders why it was recorded a second time, unless someone at RCA Victor thought it had hit potential. The performance is halfhearted and the disc is forgettable. It should be noted that this is Gillespie's show until about halfway into the recording, when a trombone plays a written solo – no clue who it might be.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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