Label : JAM // Jazz // 2004-08-24
The disc opens on a weak note with "On Green Dolphin Street." The solos have their moments, but nowhere within the track is the melody. What is even more bizarre, the track has a taste of fusion. "Blues Theme" is another dud. The track just doesn't go anywhere, seeming rather sloppy for any show, especially from one of jazz's greatest minds backed by a solid band. But as the listener is about to abandon ship, the seminal Gillespie bebop classic "Salt Peanuts" kicks in and classic Dizzy makes his appearance. He sticks to a fairly original arrangement, but he lets loose some solid playing to saddle up with Cherry and Al-Khabyyr's blazing chops. He then leads into a typical version of "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac" before the record really gets going in the in the second half.
Rounding out the last half is absolutely amazing! "Night
in Tunisia," "Land of Milk and Honey," "The Girl From Ipanema" and "Tin
Tin Deo" are practically flawless. His version of "Night in Tunisia"
(featuring some conga work from Gillespie) proves Dizzy's prowess as an
arranger, working up from the main melody into a new track with a
variety of layers. Much in the ideology of artists like Shorter, Monk,
Hancock, and Tyner, Gillespie sees his muse in reworking a classic song
by bringing current influences and styles into the mix. After a solid
flow through "Land of Milk and Honey" come two covers. Through "Girl"
is a great tune with some great flute from Al-Khabyyr, the fourteen and
half-minute version of the legendary
|04||Sweet Low Sweet Cadillac||6:34|
|05||Nigh in Tunisia||9:13|
|06||Land of Milk and Honey||10:56|
|07||Girl From Ipanema||4:45|
|08||Tin Tin Deo||14:30|