Dizzy Gillespie: Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac

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.

February 05, 2008 · 0 comments


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