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Dizzy for President
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  • Personnel: Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet); Jon Hendricks (vocals); James Moody (alto & tenor saxophones, flute); Sleepy Matsumoto (tenor saxophone); Kenny Barron (piano); Chris White (bass); Rudy Collins (drums).
  • Recorded live at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, California in 1963. Includes liner notes by Ross Firestone.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
  • Personnel: Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet); James Moody (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Kenny Barron (piano); Rudy Collins (drums).
  • Photographer: Jerry Stoll.
  • Translator: Michel Pencr‚ac'h.
  • Before his 1963 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, Dizzy Gillespie had already been actively involved in the influential project. As one of the first performers approached for the original 1957 lineup, Dizzy became a staple in the years to come. This set consists of eight uptempo, Latin and blues influenced jam sessions. "Dizzy Atmosphere," "Morning of the Carnival," "Desafinado," "Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You" are all highlights of this thoroughly exuberant set. James Moody, who alternates between tenor and alto saxophone and flute, provides smoking solos throughout. Moody had recently rejoined Dizzy, having previously been a member his orchestra in the '40s. Hired at Moody's request was 20-year-old pianist Kenny Barron, who was also beginning an important stint with Gillespie. Bassist Chris White and drummer Rudy Collins rounded out the rhythm section. Vocalist Jon Hendricks makes a guest appearance on the rowdy set finale "Vote Dizzy (Salt Peanuts) as Gillespie was in the midst of his famed presidential campaign. As a bonus, this torrid set also includes Dizzy's relaxed witticisms intact at a time when more than hints of racial tension permeated the air of our nation. ~ Al Campbell
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