Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie - Diz and Getz
Recorded in Los Angeles, California on December 9, 1953;
and in New York, New York on May 25, 1954.
Original Release Date: December 9, 1953
Audio CD: March 21, 1990
Label: Polygram Records
Recording Type: Studio
Distributor: Universal Music
Recording Mode: Mono
Bitrate: 320 kbps
This early meeting between Diz and Getz may be more satisfying than the duets with Rollins and Stitt, the meeting with both ("Sonny Side Up"), or the three-way interaction of Diz, Getz and Stitt on "For Musicians Only." On this Diz-Getz '54 recording, the presence of Oscar Peterson is a definite plus, providing the session with a bit more firepower than the aforementioned dates. This is relatively early Diz--before the bent upswept bell--but he's in peak form, and the fidelity isn't wanting. Getz sounds relaxed and ready to play Dizzy's own game, even mimicking some of the master player's licks. (The tone that the saxophonist gets when he tries to play "hard" has always sounded "roosterish" to me. Here we get the inimitable "cool" sound of Getz carrying a man's load.)
Some listeners may recoil at a program (no doubt Granz-inspired) that includes "Girl of My Dreams" and two parts of Lecuona's "Siboney." I say good riddance to so much of the current fare that passes for "original" songwriting.
There are also some listeners who will complain that these Granz Verve sessions lack the rhythmic thrust of Van Gelder's many Blue Note dates. The difference is partly due to the music idiom and its practitioners (these are musicians more interested in the "language" of bebop than the "groove" of hard bop) but also to recording engineers. Van Gelder "enhances" the horns, boosts bass, drums, and alters the piano sound to a degree than would simply be unacceptable to an Oscar Peterson.
The Blue Notes have their place, but suffice it say that the musicians on this more "natural-sounding" Verve recording would be done a disservice by any tampering with the sound. Finally, this is relaxed but still stunning Gillespie, even down to his "funky" solo on the quirky inclusion of a Gillespie original ("One Alone") that features an entirely different rhythm section along with tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley! (Far too little--likely to make any listener with ears go crazy looking for a complete session featuring this pair.)
[Some previous reviews have recently led me to discover "Bop Session," a Swedish-produced meeting between Diz and Stitt that is somewhat of a revelation: who among us realized just how much horn the then-iconic Gillespie was playing as late as 1975 ? Max Roach insisted that the album not be under Gillespie's name, but no Diz fan should let this one go by unnoticed. Stitt's sound is also beautifully captured.] ~ Samuel Chell
This is a classic recording. One that should be heard by all jazz fans. The ignorant notion that Stan Getz got wiped out by Dizzy is preposterous. Both musicians play their hearts out. Of course Dizzy plays great here - he was at the top of his game. But Stan TOTALLY keeps up with Diz. One wishes that the producers/engineers hadn't made Diz play with the cup mute so much. Listen to Stan's amazing facility, clean articulation, and fleet fingers on the incredibly up-tempo "Don't Mean A Thing." Stan also plays beautifully on the ballad "Talk of the Town". For top musicians like these two, it was all about furthering the music. The game of "who won the jazz boxing match" is left to half informed non-musicians who don't know how difficult it is to play on the level of these two superb gentlemen. ~ Keep It Real
Dizzie Gillespie (trumpet);
Stan Getz, Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone);
Oscar Peterson, Wade Legge (piano);
Herb Ellis (guitar);
Ray Brown, Lou Hackney (bass);
Max Roach, Charlie Persip (drums).
Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie - Diz and Getz track Listing
01 It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
02 I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
03 Exactly Like You
04 It's The Talk Of The Town
06 One Alone
07 Girl Of My Dreams
08 Siboney, Pt. 1 - Dizzy Gillespie, Morse, Dolly
09 Siboney, Pt. 2 - Dizzy Gillespie, Lecuona, Ernesto