13 August 2006


Tremendous afro-cuban work out pairing Dizzy Gillespie with Cuban arranger/composer Chico O'Farrill who produced this stunning session which originally made up the first half of a Norgran LP. O'Farrill conducts an expanded orchestra which combines a jazz band with a Latin rhythm section; among the participants in the four-part "Manteca Suite" are trumpeters Quincy Jones and Ernie Royal, trombonist J.J. Johnson, tenor saxophonists Hank Mobley and Lucky Thompson, and conga player Mongo Santamaria. "Manteca," written during the previous decade, serves as an exciting opening movement, while the next two segments build upon this famous theme, though they are jointly credited to O'Farrill as well. "Rhumba-Finale" is straight-ahead jazz with some delicious solo work by Gillespie. A later small-group session features the trumpeter with an all-Latin rhythm section and flutist Gilberto Valdes, who is heard on "A Night in Tunisia" and "Caravan.Jose Mangual and Candido are also featured in the rhythm section .Scorching stuff!


Killer Groove Music Library said...

Interesting that no one has yet commented on this great great piece of history. I have a copy framed and on the wall of my office at home!!

RunawayTrane said...

This will be my first taste of the great Dizzy Gillespie's work. Other than "A Night In Tunisia" that is. I have many different jazz albums, but none from this genius. Thank you

Geordie said...

I would really like to get this one, looks superb, Diz and Mongo? Forget about it!.......but the link is broken :(