Dizzy Gillespie Big Band – Showtime At The Spotlite


Dizzy Gillespie is heard leading his big band in a series of live performances during the summer of 1946, recorded by the legendary Jerry Newman, a fan who made historic transcription discs of many groups during the era. Unlike many of the commercial issues that have appeared over the years, Uptown was able to obtain the original discs from Newman’s family, so with skilled restoration, the audio is quite impressive throughout this two-CD set. The fidelity is especially great for the horns and reeds, while the rhythm section isn’t completely buried as on many such sessions. Some of the highlights include a sizzling take of “Our Delight” featuring the leader and tenorist James Moody, vibraphonist Milt Jackson in “The Man I Love,” Thelonious Monk’s “‘Round Midnight” with its composer at the piano and Jackson, several takes of Gillespie’s modern “Things to Come,” plus a guest appearance by vocalist Sarah Vaughan in what is billed as an intermission feature of “Don’t Blame Me,” with tenorist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis chiming in. Ira Gitler’s detailed liner notes and the wide variety of vintage photos add to the value of this essential release for Dizzy Gillespie’s fans. ~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

Recorded on 52nd Street New York City, June 1946  | Uptown Records Flashback Series | 2008, 2CDs

Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet Howard Johnson, John Brown, alto saxophone Ray Abrama, James Moody, tenor saxophone Sol Moore, baritone saxophone Talib Dawud, Johnny Lynch, Dave Burns, Elmon Wright, trumpet Alton Moore, Leon Comegys, Gordon Thomas, trombone Thelonious Monk, piano Milt Jackson, vibraphone Ray Brown, bass Kenny Clarke, drums
CD1: 1. Shaw ‘Nuff/I Waited For You 2. Our Delight 3. Groovin’ High 4. The Man i Love 5. Ray’s Idea 6. Cool Breeze 7. Oo Bop Sh’Bam 8. ‘Round Midnight 9. Second Balcony Jump 10. Day By Day 11. Convulsions 12. Woody ‘n You 13. Lazy Mood 14. One Bass Hit 15. Things To Come 16. I Waited For You CD2: 1. Shaw ‘Nuff/I Waited For you 2. Our Delight 3. Second Balcony Jump 4. Things To Come 5. The Man I Love 6. Don’t Blame Me 7. Grosvenor Square 8. One Bass Hit 9. Things To Come 10. I Waited For You