Birks' Works

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Birks' Works
Birks' Works.jpg
Studio album by Dizzy Gillespie
Released 1957
Recorded April 7 & 8, 1957
plus May 18 & 19, June 6, 1956 and July 8, 1957 (Reissue Compilation)
New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 144:02
Label Verve
MGV 8222
314 527 900-2 (Reissue Compilation)
Producer Norman Granz
Dizzy Gillespie chronology
For Musicians Only
(1956)
Birks' Works
(1957)
Dizzy Gillespie and Stuff Smith
(1957)
CD Compilation Reissue Cover
Birks Works The Verve Big Band Sessions.jpg

Birks' Works is an album by trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie recorded in 1957 and released on the Verve label.[1] The original album featured 10 tracks and was reissued as Birks Works: The Verve Big Band Sessions, a 2 CD compilation featuring unreleased tracks, alternate takes and tracks from Gillespie's previous 1956 albums Dizzy in Greece and World Statesman.

Reception[edit]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected the reissue compilation as part of its suggested Core Collection.[2] The Allmusic review awarded the album 5 stars calling it "Essential music".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[2]
Allmusic5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Dizzy Gillespie except as indicated

Original LP Release[edit]

Side One:

  1. "Jordu" (Duke Jordan) - 4:13
  2. "Birks' Works" - 4:56
  3. "Umbrella Man" (Vincent Rose, Larry Stock, James Cavanaugh) - 3:02
  4. "Autumn Leaves" (Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prévert, Johnny Mercer) - 3:11
  5. "Tangerine" (Victor Schertzinger, Mercer) - 3:43

Side Two:

  1. "Over the Rainbow" (Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg) - 4:37
  2. "Yo No Quiero Bailar" (Joe Willoughby) - 4:42
  3. "If You Could See Me Now" (Tadd Dameron, Carl Sigman) - 3:30
  4. "Left Hand Corner" (Ernie Wilkins) - 2:26
  5. "Whisper Not" (Benny Golson, Leonard Feather) - 5:17

CD Compilation Reissue[edit]

Disc One:

  1. "Dizzy's Business" (Wilkins) - 3:37 Originally released on World Statesman
  2. "Hey Pete! Let's Eat More Meat" (Gillespie, Buster Harding, Lester Peterson) - 5:39 Originally released on Dizzy in Greece
  3. "Jessica's Day" (Quincy Jones) - 4:50 Originally released on World Statesman
  4. "Tour de Force" - 5:04 Originally released on World Statesman
  5. "I Can't Get Started" (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin) - 2:55 Originally released on World Statesman
  6. "Stella by Starlight" (Ned Washington, Victor Young) - 4:07 Originally released on World Statesman
  7. "Doodlin'" (Horace Silver) - 3:56 Originally released on World Statesman
  8. "A Night in Tunisia" - 5:34 Originally released on World Statesman
  9. "The Champ" - 4:42 Originally released on World Statesman
  10. "Yesterdays" (Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern) - 3:46 Originally released on Dizzy in Greece
  11. "Tin Tin Deo" (Gil Fuller, Gillespie, Chano Pozo) - 4:17 Originally released on Dizzy in Greece
  12. "Groovin' for Nat" (Wilkins) - 3:21 Originally released on Dizzy in Greece
  13. "My Reverie" (Larry Clinton, Claude Debussy) - 2:52 Originally released on World Statesman
  14. "Dizzy's Blues" (Ahmad Kharab Salim) - 2:32 Originally released on World Statesman
  15. "Annie's Dance" (Melba Liston) - 4:05 Originally released on Dizzy in Greece
  16. "Cool Breeze" (Dameron, Billy Eckstine, Gillespie) - 4:55 Originally released on Dizzy in Greece
  17. "School Days" (Will D. Cobb, Gus Edwards) - 4:23 Originally released on Dizzy in Greece
  18. "Jordu" (Jordan) - 4:13
  19. "Yo No Quiero Bailar" (Willoughby) - 4:42

Disc Two:

  1. "Birk's Works" - 4:56
  2. "Autumn Leaves" (Kosma, Mercer, Prevert) - 3:11
  3. "Tangerine" (Mercer, Schertzinger) - 3:43
  4. "Over the Rainbow" (Arlen, Harburg) - 4:37
  5. "Umbrella Man" (Cavanaugh, Rose, Stock) - 3:02
  6. "If You Could See Me Now" (Dameron, Sigman) - 3:30
  7. "Left Hand Corner" [alternate take] (Wilkins) - 0:13 Previously unreleased
  8. "Left Hand Corner" [alternate take] (Wilkins) - 2:26 Previously unreleased
  9. "Left Hand Corner" [alternate take] (Wilkins) - 2:16 Previously unreleased
  10. "Left Hand Corner" [alternate take] (Wilkins) - 0:10 Previously unreleased
  11. "Left Hand Corner" [master take] (Wilkins) - 2:22
  12. "Whisper Not" [alternate take] (Golson, Feather) - 5:52 Previously unreleased
  13. "Whisper Not [alternate take] (Golson, Feather) - 5:08 Previously unreleased
  14. "Whisper Not [master take] (Golson, Feather) - 5:17
  15. "Stablemates" (Golson) - 4:12 Originally released on Dizzy in Greece
  16. "That's All" (Alan Brandt, Bob Haymes) - 3:13 Originally released on Dizzy in Greece
  17. "Groovin' High" [master take] - 3:53 Originally released on Dizzy in Greece
  18. "Mayflower Rock" [alternate take] (Lee Brown) - 3:17 Previously unreleased
  19. "Mayflower Rock" [master take] (Brown) - 3:14 Originally released as 45rpm single B-side
  20. "Joogie Boogie" - 4:14 Originally released as 45rpm single
  21. "I Remember Clifford" (Golson) - 4:15
  22. "You'll Be Sorry" - 2:17 Previously unreleased
  23. "Wonder Why" (Nicholas Brodszky) - 3:51 Previously unreleased

Personnel[edit]

On original LP and CD Compilation Reissue Disc One, tracks 18 & 19 and Disc Two, tracks 1-21[edit]

On CD Compilation Reissue Disc One, tracks 1-17[edit]

On CD Compilation Reissue Disc Two, tracks 22 & 23[edit]

  • Dizzy Gillespie, Talib Daawud, Lee Morgan, Ermit V. Perry, Carl Warwick - trumpet
  • Al Grey, Melba Liston - trombone
  • Ernie Henry, Jimmy Powell - alto saxophone
  • Billy Mitchell, Benny Golson - tenor saxophone
  • Pee Wee Moore - baritone saxophone
  • Wynton Kelly - piano
  • Paul West - bass
  • Charlie Persip - drums
  • Recorded in New York City on July 8, 1957

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dizzy Gillespie discography accessed March 26, 2012
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. "Dizzy Gillespie". The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 554. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. 
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed March 26, 2012