Wednesday 22 February 2023

Posted by Gerry Hectic | File under : , , , , ,

Dizzy Gillespie will always be remembered for developing bebop (along with Charlie Parker) and introducing Afro-Cuban/Latin style into jazz in the late 40s. But what was he doing in the early 70s?

Well, there are two lesser known albums that were released on Perception Records, 'The Real Thing' and 'Portrait Of Jenny'; and both have been re-issued on BBE on 17th February.

'Portrait Of Jenny' features the 'svengali' of 'The Real Thing', Mike Longo (p) but the rest of the band have changed with the Gonzalez Brothers, Andrew (b) and Jerry (congas) together with Gillespie's collaborator of over 30 years, the master of Afro-Cuban congas, Carlos Valdes.

Longo, shines again with the 12 minutes of 'Me 'n Them' but there's just brilliant Latin post-bop funky spiritual jazz with the other 3 tracks.

You'd be hard pressed to have a favourite when 'Olinga' is for you're trumpet head, 'Diddy Wa Diddy (Mozambique)' satisfys your dancing groove (along with Me 'n Them) and the finger lickin' guitar of George Davis on the soul-jazz of 'Timet'.

Once more, thanks to BBE for diggin' this one (in more ways than one) and getting it Dizzy to the wider audience it and he deserves.

See review of 'The Real Thing' HERE.

Artist: Dizzy Gillespie 

Title: Portrait Of Jenny

Release date: 17th February, 2023

Label : BBE Music

Catalog Number : BBE660 LP / CD / Digital / Bandcamp 


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