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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, John Eyles, Robert Gibson, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby

To Diz with Love
Dizzy Gillespie
Doc Cheatham, Jon Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, Claudio Roditi, Red Rodney, Wallace Roney
Charlie Sepulveda

Recorded Live at the Blue Note NYC
January 29-31, 1992



      1. Billie’s Bounce

      2. Gilespie, Claudio Roditi, Wallace Roney – Trumpet
      3. Confirmation

      4. Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis – Trumpet, Red Rodney – Flugel
      5. Mood Indigo

      6. Gillespie, Doc Cheatham, Jon Faddis – Trumpet
      7. Straight No Chaser

      8. Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Sepulveda – Trumpet
      9. A Night In Tunisia

      Gillespie, Claudio Roditi, Wallace Roney – Trumpet
      All tracks

      Junior Mance – Piano
      Peter Washington – Bass
      Kenny Washington – Bass

      These recordings were made at the Dizzy Gillespie Diamond Jubilee at the Blue Note Club in NYC. For a whole month, comprising forty-seven shows, Dizzy shared the stage with over forty of his musical offspring’s and the event began a yearlong celebration of the great man’s 75th birthday.

      This selection of the music that was played was shared with those who have inherited the Gillespie legacy and now that Diz is no longer with us, his music lives on through them. I was particularly pleased to have this release, Dizzy is my all time favourite trumpet player and a man who has influenced the course of jazz as much as anyone. Not only was he a partner in the bebop revolution with Charlie Parker, but Diz was the one who spread the word and taught so many others how to play the new music.

      I also noticed that leading the trio was Junior Mance who is so skilled in that roll that he is frequently the No1 choice to back visitors to the city. He is a genuine ‘any tune in any key’ man, who comps superbly and also provides sympathetic unobtrusive backings of the highest quality.

      Bass player Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, they are not related, are stalwarts of the New York Jazz Scene. They understand in keeping with Junior Mance that their main role is to support the soloists, which of course means that they listen intently to what the soloists are playing and don’t get in the way.

      The trumpet playing from all concerned is pure magic, as you would expect. It is interesting that you can her something of the Dizzy Gillespie influence in all of them and the great man himself is still blowing some great stuff.

      Comparison of the various players is irrelevant; this is world class jazz all the way.

      I only wish I had been in NYC when all this was going on!

      Don Mather

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