Dizzy Gillespie: Fiesta Mojo

Originally released in Europe as The Giant, this album was retitled to avoid confusion with two other Gillespie releases with similar titles released within several years of this recording. The composition features Brazilian-inflected melody and groove, an idiom in which Gillespie was very comfortable, due in part to his extensive touring of South America as a cultural ambassador for the United States Government. The band assembled for this Paris session features several American expatriates (Griffin, Drew and Clarke), as well as Pedersen, a native of the Netherlands. Highlights include the solid foundation supplied by Clarke and Pedersen and the ensemble passages and subsequent improvisations by Griffin and Gillespie.

February 05, 2008 · 0 comments


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