Dizzy Gillespie: Blue ‘N’ Boogie


Blue ‘N’ Boogie


Dizzy Gillespie Sextet


Young Dex 1944-1946 (Masters Of Jazz MJCD 128)

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Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Dexter Gordon (tenor sax), Chuck Wayne (guitar), Shelly Manne (drums),

Frank Paparelli (piano), Murray Shipinski (bass)


Composed by Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Paparelli


Recorded: New York, February 9, 1945


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

This vital track from early 1945 captures the various levels of bebop sophistication during its prime years of formulation. Pianist Frank Paparelli, who co-wrote this tune with Diz, is stuck between stations throughout his improvisation—trying his very best to create a bop-ish statement and…let’s leave it at that. Dexter Gordon comes next, and offers a mostly horizontal improvisation where he is fast approaching the creation of an inimitable bop statement without necessarily copping the double-timed rhythmic styling of Bird or Diz. The master-class is in session upon Gillespie’s blistering first line, and his comfort level with the bebop vocabulary is, of course, flawlessly executed and exciting as heck. No less crucial than Dizzy’s rightness, though, is Dexter’s overall approach and thought-process. His contrasting style offers the more discreet, minimalist, thinking-through-the-changes approach to bop that would come to define Gordon’s career and provide an enormous influence on the bop and hard-bop worlds.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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