dizzy gillespie The Classic Verve Collection (4 CD boxed set, £8.75)
One of the most recognisable names in all of jazz, Dizzy Gillespieís contribution to the genre was invaluable to its development. A master trumpet player, renowned for the complexity of his improvisation, his unique sense of style and longevity of relevance - as well as his general good humour - Gillespieís work had a profound effect on the popularisation of bebop during the mid-20th Century. The influence he provided to a generation of later legendary jazz performers, including Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown and Lee Morgan, was profound, and he embraced a wide variety of styles and arrangements during his lifetime. Some of his finest work emerged during the late 1950s and early 1960s, when he was signed to Verve Records. This four disc collection, containing over five hours of music in total, features eight of the finest LPs Gillespie recorded for Verve Records during this pivotal period of his career. Showcasing scores of famous names and some of the best playing to grace jazz records of the era, this set will delight Gillespie fans universally, while also acting as a fine starting place for those new to this legendary musicianís work.
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