1973年4月迪吉与二十五年前合作过的打击乐器手Humberto Canto、定居巴黎的老搭档鼓手肯尼．克拉克聚首，而录下这张「The Giant」
1937年首次踏上巴黎，迪吉．葛拉斯彼即著迷於花都的魅力。当时二十岁的迪吉跟随Teddy Hill的乐团在红磨坊、Ambassadeurs中表演。正当大伙为摇摆乐疯狂之际，迪吉离开选择到处旅行。十年后迪吉又回到巴黎开演奏会，但这次他带来的是全新的Be-Bop乐风，果不期然迪吉以新的音乐征服了整个巴黎。此后迪吉也成为法国爵士界的常客；他的侧影甚至是长久以来尼斯「Grande Parade du Jazz」音乐节的图案。
不过因为和其他唱片合约的关係，迪吉在法国录音倒是十分罕见。1973年4月迪吉与二十五年前合作过的打击乐器手Humberto Canto、定居巴黎的老搭档鼓手肯尼．克拉克聚首，而录下这张「The Giant」。迪吉与贝斯手NHOP、钢琴手肯尼．德鲁都是首次合作，"Serenity"、"I Waited For You"在他们的伴奏下让我们发觉迪吉的喇叭也是很适合吹奏感伤的情歌。 强尼．葛瑞芬的萨克斯风将迪吉所写的"Fiesta Mojo"转换为更瀟洒奔放的乐音，彷彿庆典中恣意的狂饮寻欢。不论和老搭档或新人，迪吉这张录音再次征服时髦的花都巴黎。
Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Kenny Drew (piano), Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass), Kenny Clarke (drums),
Humberto Canto (congas)
Composed by Dizzy Gillespie
Review by Scott Yanow
This CD finds trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie at age 55, just beginning to slip. Gillespie plays well enough on these nine selections with a fine rhythm section comprised of pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Niels Pederson, drummer Kenny Clarke and the congas of Humberto Canto; Johnny Griffin's tenor is a major asset on four numbers. Still, the edge is missing on these explorations of standards and recent originals although he is in particularly fine form on the ballads such as "I Waited for You" and "The Girl of My Dreams."
This 1973 Paris studio session first appeared on the European label America as The Giant, but there has been some confusion as various combinations of songs have appeared under the same album title with Dizzy Gillespie's name over the years. Although rather brief in length with just five tracks and clocking in at under 34 minutes, this lively date has some strengths. The trumpeter turns over the solo spotlight to the extraordinary bassist Niels Pedersen and pianist Kenny Drew, prior to featuring himself in brief spurts with drum breaks by Kenny Clarke. Pedersen's fine arco technique introduces the brief ballad "I Waited for You," in which Gillespie is clearly at the top of his game. His muted horn saunters over Clarke's crisp brushwork during "Girl of My Dreams," although the overlong Latin original "Fiesta Mojo" quickly grows tiresome, in spite of a guest appearance by tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin. Drew contributed the lush ballad "Serenity," which closes the CD. It's obvious that Dizzy Gillespie's chops are just starting to slip at this point in his career, but fans of his work will want to pick up this enjoyable reissue, as Gillespie at 90 percent is far more listenable than many well-known trumpeters at 100 percent.
Dizzy Gillespie – The Giant
Label:Gitanes Jazz Productions – 159 734-2
Series:Jazz In Paris – 9
Format:CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Style:Post Bop, Latin Jazz
Born: October 21, 1917 in Cheraw, SC
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s
Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time (some would say the best), Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ended up copying Miles Davis and Fats Navarro instead, and it was not until Jon Faddis' emergence in the 1970s that Dizzy's style was successfully recreated. Somehow, Gillespie could make any "wrong" note fit, and harmonically he was ahead of everyone in the 1940s, including Charlie Parker. Unlike Bird, Dizzy was...
Double Bass – Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
Drums – Kenny Clarke
Percussion [Tumbas] – Humberto Canto
Piano – Kenny Drew
Producer – Arnauld De Froberville
Trumpet – Dizzy Gillespie
Reissue of the America LP 6133.
Recorded April 13, 1973 in Paris.
Digitally remastered on 24-bit.
1. Stella By Starlight 7:50
2. I Waited For You 3:50
3. Girl Of My Dreams 5:37
4. Fiesta Mojo / Tenor Saxophone – Johnny Griffin 11:25
5. Serenity 5:09