Perceptions (Dizzy Gillespie album)

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Studio album by Dizzy Gillespie
Released 1961
Recorded May 18 and 22, 1961
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Jazz
Length 33:19
Label Verve
Producer Creed Taylor
Dizzy Gillespie chronology
Carnegie Hall Concert
(1961)Carnegie Hall Concert1961
Dizzy on the French Riviera
(1962)Dizzy on the French Riviera1962

Perceptions is a composition for trumpet soloist and large jazz orchestra composed and arranged by J. J. Johnson. The piece was commissioned by Dizzy Gillespie and recorded in 1961 for the Verve label. The instrumentation of the orchestra is unusual in that no saxophones or woodwinds are used.[1]


The Allmusic review states, "Often reminiscent of classical music, Johnson's writing allows plenty of room for Gillespie to improvise. The result is a rather unique set of music that is well worth searching for."[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
Down Beat3.5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by J. J. Johnson

  1. "The Sword of Orion" - 4:33
  2. "Jubelo" - 6:37
  3. "Blue Mist" - 6:52
  4. "Fantasia" - 7:35
  5. "Horn of Plenty" - 5:09
  6. "Ballade" - 3:30[4]




  1. ^ Dizzy Gillespie discography accessed March 22, 2012
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed March 22, 2012
  3. ^ Down Beat: January 4, 1962 vol. 29, no. 1
  4. ^ Liner notes to Verve 8411
  5. ^ Liner notes to Verve 8411