For Musicians Only

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For Musicians Only
Studio album by Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and Sonny Stitt
Released 1958
Recorded October 16, 1956
Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
Genre Jazz
Length 42:59 original LP
Label Verve
MGV 8198
Producer Norman Granz
Dizzy Gillespie chronology
Dizzy in Greece
(1956)
For Musicians Only
(1956)
Birks' Works
(1957)
Stan Getz chronology
Stan Getz in Stockholm
(1955)
For Musicians Only
(1956)
The Steamer
(1956)
Sonny Stitt chronology
New York Jazz
(1956)
For Musicians Only
(1956)
37 Minutes and 48 Seconds with Sonny Stitt
(1957)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

For Musicians Only is a 1958 jazz album by Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and Sonny Stitt incorporating bebop influences.

Recorded in Los Angeles, California on October 16, 1956, it has been described as the "real thing, no pretense". Drummer Stan Levey's son, Bob, described the recording session as told by his father:

The story behind this from my Dad's (Stan Levey) point of view is that everything was done in one take no 2nd takes no over dubbing. He had spent the whole day recording for TV, Mission Impossible Mannix etc. So he thought a date with Stan Getz this should be pretty laid back. Well nothing could be further from the truth he said "The count offs were breath taking but once they got thru BeBop everything settled down" his favorite was Wee Allen's Alley. It was virtually a live real Bebop session, nothing worked out, just play by the seat of your pants or get off the bandstand. Like it or not that was the way it was with Bird and those cats, the real thing no pretense. [2]

The album is known for the front line's winding, intricate solos. This has led to praise for the back line, particularly bassist Ray Brown, for keeping some semblance of the original tune going behind the solos.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bebop" (Gillespie) - 12:48
  2. "Dark Eyes" (Florian Hermann) - 12:10
  3. "Wee (Allen's Alley)" (Denzil Best, Gillespie) - 8:28
  4. "Lover Come Back to Me" (Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II) - 9:33
  5. "Dark Eyes" [Alternate Take] (Traditional) - 9:50 Bonus track on CD reissue

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