I’m listening to Dizzy Gillespie.
I don’t know why he has been so forgotten here in England, he shouldn’t have been. It’s a really cheap, bad CD. A collection of old 78’s from the 1940’s. I would never have bought it except his stuff is so hard to get (I know, I know, use the net). Thrown together without a lot of thought, because they are out of copyright and Dizzy has a name they could sell.
And his trumpet hadn’t even got sat on yet.
And yet it sounds great, not so far off how it would have sounded back then; full of youth and fire and the new.
Strange really. He and Charlie Parker pretty much invented Bop and his early bands put together many of the major be-bop artists and some others; there’s a young Milt Jackson in there, whacking the vibraphone like a wild thing, rather than in the quiet way he does with the rather respectable Modern Jazz Quartet. They always walked a tightrope between “hotel-foyer” jazz and great jazz.
I don’t know why Dizzy got forgotten here, he came over a lot in the 1960’s. Then again, Parker isn’t so popular either. Maybe people are frightened of Bop.
Can’t imagine it happening in America.
(a don’t stop till you drop production)