The Great Blue Star Sessions 1952-1953

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The Great Blue Star Sessions 1952-1953
The Great Blue Star Sessions 1952-1953.jpg
Compilation album by Dizzy Gillespie
Released 2004
Recorded March 25 and April 5 & 6, 1952 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and February 22, 1953 at the Studio Pathe Magellan in Paris, France
Genre Jazz
Length 123:01
Label EmArcy
980 986-3
Dizzy Gillespie chronology
Dee Gee Days: The Savoy Sessions
(1951-52)
The Great Blue Star Sessions 1952-1953
(1952-53)
Dizzy Digs Paris
(1953)

The Great Blue Star Sessions 1952-1953 is a compilation album by trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie featuring performances recorded in 1952 and 1953 and originally released on the French Blue Star label.[1] Many of the tracks were first released as 78 rpm records and re-released in the US as albums on the Atlantic and Fontana labels such as Dizzy at Home and Abroad and Dizzy Gillespie and His Operatic Strings Orchestra.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review stated "it's not for the casual fan, but anyone who knows of these recordings on any level understands what a key place they hold on Dizzy's shelf as he transitioned from the bebop of the 1940s into the hard bopping, big-group wailing of the 1950s. Highly recommended".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Dizzy Gillespie except as indicated

Disc One:

  1. "Cocktails for Two" (Sam Coslow, Arthur Johnston) - 2:44
  2. "Cognac Blues" - 2:42
  3. "Moon Nocturne" (Nathaniel Shilkret) - 3:05
  4. "Sabla y Blu" - 3:07
  5. "Blue and Sentimental" (Count Basie, Mack David, Jerry Livingston) - 2:44
  6. "Just One More Chance" (Coslow, Johnston) - 3:14
  7. "The Man I Love" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 3:14
  8. "Night and Day" (Cole Porter) - 3:04
  9. "Night and Day" alternate take (Porter) - 3:06
  10. "Sweet and Lovely" (Gus Arnheim, Harry Tobias, Jules LeMare) - 3:27
  11. "Sweet and Lovely" [alternate take 1] (Arnheim, Lemare, Tobias) - 3:51
  12. "Sweet and Lovely" [alternate take 2] (Arnheim, Lemare, Tobias) - 3:28
  13. "My Old Flame" (Coslow, Johnston) - 3:22
  14. "My Old Flame" [alternate take] (Coslow, Johnston) - 3:41
  15. "I Waited for You" (Gil Fuller, Gillespie) - 3:18
  16. "Ghost of a Chance" (Bing Crosby, Ned Washington, Victor Young) - 3:05
  17. "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (Gershwin, Gershwin) - 3:16
  18. ""They Can't Take That Away from Me" [alternate take] (Gershwin, Gershwin) - 4:01
  19. "Taking a Chance on Love" (Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John Latouche) - 2:44
  20. "Taking a Chance on Love" [alternate take 1] (Duke, Fetter, Latouche) - 3:29
  21. "Taking a Chance on Love" [alternate take 2] (Duke, Fetter, Latouche) - 3:36

Disc Two:

  1. "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" (Clarence Muse, Leon René, Otis René) - 2:57
  2. "Lullaby in Rhythm" (Benny Goodman, Clarence Profit, Edgar Sampson) - 4:24
  3. "Lullaby in Rhythm" [alternate take] (Goodman, Profit, Sampson) - 4:07
  4. "Just Blues (One More Blues)" - 3:01
  5. "Ain't Misbehavin'" (Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) - 2:58
  6. "Summertime" (George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) - 4:18
  7. "Blue Moon" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) - 4:27
  8. "Mama's Blues (Mrs. Dizzy's Blues)" - 4:04
  9. "Undecided" (Sid Robin, Charlie Shavers) - 2:34
  10. "The Way You Look Tonight" (Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern) - 4:16
  11. "Stormy Weather" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) - 3:51
  12. "Jalousie" (Vera Bloom, Jacob Gade) - 2:36
  13. "The Very Thought of You" (Ray Noble) - 2:37
  14. "Fine and Dandy" (Paul James, Kay Swift) - 3:44
  15. "I've Got You Under My Skin" (Porter) - 2:24
  16. "Pennies from Heaven" (Johnny Burke, Arthur Johnston) - 2:25

Recorded on March 25 (Disc One, tracks 1-6), April 5 (Disc One, tracks 7-21) and April 6 (Disc Two, tracks 1-8), 1952 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and on February 22 (Disc Two, tracks 9-16), 1953 at the Studio Pathe Magellan in Paris, France

Personnel[edit]

  • Dizzy Gillespie - trumpet, vocals
  • René Bigerille - flute (Disc One, tracks 7-16)
  • André Gosset, Guy Destanges, René Vasseur - trombone (Disc One, tracks 7-16)
  • Albert Gillot - clarinet (Disc One, tracks 7-16)
  • Don Byas - tenor saxophone (Disc One, tracks 1-6, Disc Two, tracks 19, 21, 22 & 25)
  • Jean-Jacques Tilché - guitar (Disc One, tracks: 7-21)
  • Wade Legge (Disc Two, tracks 9-16), Arnold Ross (Disc One, tracks 7-21, Disc Two, tracks 1-8), Art Simmons (Disc One, tracks 1-6) - piano
  • Joe Benjamin (Disc One and Disc Two, tracks 1-8), Lou Hackney (Disc Two tracks 9-16) - bass
  • Bill Clark (Disc One and Disc Two, tracks 1-8), Al Jones (Disc Two tracks 9-16) - drums
  • Humberto Morales - congas (Disc One, tracks 1-6)
  • Robert Jeannoutot - oboe (Disc One, tracks 7-16)
  • Jean Louchez - bassoon (Disc One, tracks 7-16)
  • Yvan Allouche, Maurice Elhan, Lionel Gali, Leon Locatelli, Octave Marchesini, Georges Mignot, Albert Mousseux, Roger Sanard, Jean Sauvage - violin (Disc One, tracks 7-16)
  • Gabriel Beauvais, Andre Saulnier - viola (Disc One, tracks 7-16)
  • Pierre Coddee, Georges Schwartz - cello (Disc One, tracks 7-16)
  • Bernard Galais - harp (Disc One, tracks 7-16)
  • Jo Boyer, Daniel White - arranger (Disc One, tracks 7-16)
  • The Paris Operatic String Orchestra arranged by Michel Legrand (Disc Two, tracks 11-16)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dizzy Gillespie discography accessed March 28, 2012
  2. ^ Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed March 28, 2012