When you get up in the morning, you must have a song - Ray Charles

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Dizzy Gillespie with The Mitchell-Ruff Duo - Live

I am constantly amazed at the records that I discover that I have never heard or heard of even, that I find to be absolutely incredible pieces of work. I guess one of the joys of being a jazz fan is that as my listening habits evolve and change, there will be no shortage of these discoveries. When I bought this, oh 6, 7 years ago, I thought it would probably turn out to be a novelty piece at best. I played and found I loved it but yet it languished in a closet with a bunch of other box sets for several years only getting played on the rare occasion. Yet each and everytime I dragged it out and swore I would listen to it more often. Well now it has been converted to digital and put where it can be accessed much easier. I have also placed here to it to share with my friends. I am surprised I have never even seen these records mentioned anywhere although I can't believe they would be difficult to locate.
What I have is a box set put out by The Book Of The Month club of a couple of shows across a space of 10 years.
The music runs from the sublime to the firey. At one point during the first set you can actually hear the piano strings buzzing as Mitchell holds the sustain pedal down during Diz' solo. Diz also plays what must be the first jazz solo on Jew's Harp. Once again it is from vinyl and I apologize for the disturbance during the first track. We do what we can.

Dizzy Gillespie - trumpet
Dwike Mitchell - piano
Willie Ruff - bass and french horn

Dartmouth Concert, 1970
1. Con Alma
2. Dartmouth Duet
3. Woody 'n You
4. Blues People
5. Bella, Bella

Yale Concert, 1974 (excerpts)
1. Yale Blue Blues
2. My Man
3. Lover Man
4. Jew's Harp

Town Hall Concert, NYC, 1980
1. Untitled
2. Autumn Leaves
3. Lush Life
4. Blue 'n Boogie
5. I Remember Clifford
6. Chou - Chou
7. Mood Indigo
8. All The Things You Are
9. Ow
10. Conception
11. Whisper Not
12. D.G. Blues

1 comment:

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Hello Hook,

Thank you for your great work!

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