World Statesman

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World Statesman
World Statesman.jpg
Studio album by Dizzy Gillespie
Released 1956
Recorded May 18 & 19 and June 6, 1956
New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 40:09
Label Norgran
MGN 1084
Producer Norman Granz
Dizzy Gillespie chronology
Modern Jazz Sextet
(1956)Modern Jazz Sextet1956
World Statesman
Dizzy in Greece
(1957)Dizzy in Greece1957

World Statesman is an album by trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie recorded in 1956 and released on the Norgran label.[1] The album was reissued as part of the 2CD compilation Birks Works: The Verve Big Band Sessions.[2]


The Allmusic review states "This set introduced the new Dizzy Gillespie big band which was making headlines for the acclaim it received (and for the excitement it caused) during its State Department-sponsored world tours... this brilliant (and historic) orchestra really shows a great deal of spirit, power and creativity".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Dizzy Gillespie except as indicated

Side One:

  1. "Dizzy's Business" (Ernie Wilkins) - 3:37
  2. "Jessica's Day" (Quincy Jones) - 4:50
  3. "Tour de Force" - 5:04
  4. "I Can't Get Started" (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin) - 2:55
  5. "Doodlin'" (Horace Silver) - 3:56

Side Two:

  1. "A Night in Tunisia" - 5:34
  2. "Stella by Starlight" (Ned Washington, Victor Young) - 4:07
  3. "The Champ" - 4:42
  4. "My Reverie" (Larry Clinton, Claude Debussy) - 2:52
  5. "Dizzy's Blues" (A. K. Salim) - 2:32



  1. ^ Dizzy Gillespie discography accessed March 26, 2012
  2. ^ Yanow, S. Birks Works Allmusic Review accessed March 26, 2012
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed March 26, 2012