Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie emerged in the middle 1940s as essentially the last in a series of symbolic progressions of virtuosity in jazz that culminated in the consolidation of bebop. If Charlie Parker was the soul of bebop, Gillespie was its heart and public face. If Armstrong had expanded the reach of instrumental technique for his generation making more things possible -- and if Roy Eldridge and Charlie Shavers extended the reach of virtuosity still farther, embracing still more possibilities -- then Gillespie seemed to reach the final theoretical point of command that made all things possible, effectively ending the arms race of capacity that had driven jazz for two decades. His speed, articulation and sense of surprise took many forms in many bebop trumpet players in the years after 1946, but few doubted that Gillespie was the master and matrix of it all.
Tracklisting: - Gillespiana - First Movement - Birk's Works - Gillespiana - the Blues - Manteca - Night in Tunisia