Dizzy Gillespie

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John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (/ɡɨˈlɛspi/; October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer.

Allmusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "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's emergence in the 1970s that Dizzy's style was successfully recreated [...] Arguably Gillespie is remembered, by both critics and fans alike, as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time."

Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and improviser, building on the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge but adding layers of harmonic complexity previously unknown in jazz. His beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, his scat singing, his bent horn, pouched cheeks and his light-hearted personality were essential in popularizing bebop.

In the 1940s Gillespie, together with Charlie Parker, became a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He taught and influenced many other musicians, including trumpeters Miles Davis, Jon Faddis, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Morgan, Chuck Mangione, and balladeer Johnny Hartman

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1950 Bird and Diz Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie 4
1954 Afro Dizzy Gillespie 5 2
1955 Diz and Getz Stan Getz & Dizzy Gillespie 2
1956 The Champ Dizzy Gillespie 4 2
1956 World Statesman Dizzy Gillespie 1
1957 Sonny Side Up Dizzy Gillespie with Sonny Stitt & Sonny Rollins 3
1959 Have Trumpet, Will Excite! Dizzy Gillespie 5 3
1962 Dizzy on the French Riviera Dizzy Gillespie 2
1963 New Wave Dizzy Gillespie 1
1970 Cornucopia Dizzy Gillespie 1
1970 The Real Thing Dizzy Gillespie 2
1975 The Giant Dizzy Gillespie 1
1976 Bahiana Dizzy Gillespie 5 1
1980 The Trumpet Summit Meets the Oscar Peterson Big Four Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Joe Pass & Bobby Durham 3
1982 The Alternate Blues Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie Plus Oscar Peterson 1
1983 To a Finland Station Arturo Sandoval & Dizzy Gillespie 2
1984 New Faces Dizzy Gillespie 3 2
1985 The Dizzy Gillespie Story Dizzy Gillespie 1
1987 Oscar Peterson & Dizzy Gillespie Oscar Peterson & Dizzy Gillespie 2
1989 For Musicians Only Dizzy Gillespie / Stan Getz / Sonny Stitt 5 1
1992 A Jazz Hour With Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie 1
1993 Dizzy Gillespie And The Mitchell-Ruff Duo Dizzy Gillespie & The Mitchell-Ruff Duo 1
1994 Dizzy Gillespie Big Band: 1962 Dizzy Gillespie 2
1994 Lady Be Good Dizzy Gillespie 2 1
1994 Con Alma Dizzy Gillespie 1
1994 Roy and Diz Roy Eldridge & Dizzy Gillespie 1
1995 The Bop Session Dizzy Gillespie 1
1996 The Gifted Ones Count Basie & Dizzy Gillespie 1
1998 Jambo Caribe Dizzy Gillespie 4 1
2000 Good Bait Dizzy Gillespie 1
2000 Jazz in Paris: The Giant Dizzy Gillespie 2
2001 Jazz Studies: The Best of the Perception Years Dizzy Gillespie 1
2003 Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods Dizzy Gillespie & Machito 1
2003 School Days Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson & Joe Carroll 1
2005 Sittin' In Dizzy Gillespie 5 1
2006 Dizzy's Big 4 Dizzy Gillespie 5 2
2006 Supreme Jazz: Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie 1
2008 I Love Paris Dizzy Gillespie 1
2009 Something Old, Something New Dizzy Gillespie 4 2
2010 The Savoy Recordings - Part 1 Dizzy Gillespie 1
2010 The Savoy Recordings - Part 2 Dizzy Gillespie 1
2011 Gillespiana Dizzy Gillespie 1
A Portrait of Duke Ellington Dizzy Gillespie 4 1
School Days Dizzy Gillespie / Milt Jackson / Joe Carroll 5 1
The Giant Dizzy Gillespie 3 1
The Symphony Sessions: August 25th, 1989 Dizzy Gillespie 1 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1948 In Paris Dizzy Gillespie 3
1973 In the Beginning Dizzy Gillespie 1
1978 "Diz" Dizzy Gillespie 1
1985 Dee Gee Days Dizzy Gillespie 1

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