Complete Recordings with Dizzy Gillespie/First Giant Steps

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Complete Recordings with Dizzy Gillespie/First Giant Steps


Norwood, Doug, IAJRC Journal


John Coltrane

Complete Recordings with Dizzy Gillespie

Definitive DRCD11249

Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra: Dizzy Gillespie (tp, vcl*, ldr) Don Slaughter, Elmon Wright, Willie Cook (tp) Matthew Gee, Sam Hurt, Charles "Majeed" Greenlee (tb) Jimmy Heath, John Coltrane (as) Jesse Powell, Paul Gonsalves (ts) Al Gibson (bs) John Acea (p) John Collins (g) Al McKibbon (b) Charles "Specs" Wright (d) Tiny Irvin (vcl#) Buster Harding, Gerald Wilson, Jimmy Mundy (arr) New York City, November 21 1949

Say When (arr JM)/Tally Ho (arr GW)/You Stole My Wife, You Horsethief*(arr BH)/I Can't Remember#

Al Gibson (bs) out, Floyd Smith (g) replaces John Collins, Francisco Chino Pozo (bongos) and Carlos Duchnesne (conga) added, Joe Carroll (vcl*) Buster Harding, Chico O'Farrell (arr) New York City, January 9 1950

Coast to Coast (arr BH) /Carambola(arr CO'F)/Oo-LaLa*/Honeysuckle Rose*

Dizzy Gillespie Septet: Dizzy Gillespie (tp) John Coltrane (as) Milt Jackson (vbs, p*) Kenny Burrell (g) Percy Heath (b) Carl "Kansas" Fields (d) Fred Strong (vcl*) The Calypso Boys (latin percussion#) Detroit March 1 1951

Birk's Works/Tin Tin Deo#/We Love to Boogie*

Dinah Washington (vcl) acc. by Teddy Stewart's Orchestra: possibly Willie Cook or Elman Wright (tp) Matthew Gee or Charles "Majeed" Greenlee (tb) Jimmy Heath, John Coltrane (as) Cecil Payne (bs) John Acea (p) Freddie Green (g) Ray Brown (b) Teddy Stewart (d) New York City, September 27 1949

Fast Movin' Mama/Juice Head Man of Mine/Shuckin' and Jivin'/RichestGuy In the Graveyard/Richest Guy In the Graveyard (alt) TT: 46:55

John Coltrane

First Giant Steps

Rare Live Recordings RLR 88619

US Navy Musicians: Dexter Culbertson (tp) John Coltrane (as) Norman Poulshock (p) Willie Stauder (b) Joe Timer (aka Joe Theimer) (d) Benny Thomas (vcl*) Hawaii ,July 23 1946

Embraceable You*/Ornithology/Sweet Miss/It's Only a Paper Moon*/Sweet Lorraine*/Ko Ko/Now's the Time*/Hot House

Johnny Hodges and his Orchestra: Harold 'Shorty' Baker (tp) Lawrence Brown (tb) Johnny Hodges (as) John Coltrane (ts) Cal Cobbs (p) John Williams (b) Joe Marshall (d) Unknown (vcl*) Los Angeles, June 1954

Through for the Night/Castle Rock/Don't Blame Me/I've Got a Mind to Ramble*/Don't Cry Baby Blues*/In a Mellow Tone/Burgundy Walk (aka Globetrotter) TT: 49:13

Here are two CDs issued as being by John Coltrane but they are, in fact, vastly different. The 'definitive' set, The Complete Recordings with Dizzy Gillespie poses a truth-in-advertising issue. While indeed, Coltrane is present on all the Gillespie recordings, he solos only one track, by the septet. The bulk of this CD consists of the two big band sessions Dizzy recorded for Capitol.

Now this was probably Gillespie's weakest band. In making an effort to be more accessible, a tactic he had adopted at the time of his last recordings for RCA, he was including more novelties and ballads and his recorded output at the time was far from the trail-blazing material he had recorded earlier for Guild, Musicraft, or during his first days with RCA. …

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