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Swing Low Sweet Cadillac
Dizzy Gillespie
Swing Low Sweet Cadillac
Genres: Jazz, Latin Music
  •  Track Listings (5) - Disc #1


CD Details

All Artists: Dizzy Gillespie
Title: Swing Low Sweet Cadillac
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mca
Release Date: 7/1/1991
Genres: Jazz, Latin Music
Style: Latin Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011105017824, 0011105117821, 011105117821, 076741312122

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Memory Lane 1967
Enrique Torres | San Diegotitlan, Califas | 02/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Recorded live in Los Angeles over two nights at Memory Lane in 1967 this wild recording is nothing short of briliant. It sounds like everyone had a great time; both musicians and audience alike. The title track "Swing Low , Sweet Cadilac" is built around the spiritual classic and given to lighthearted humor in the typical Dizzy Gillespie manner. Accentuated by the incredible inflated cheeks that looked like a bull frog, Gilespie possesed a comical aura that was suspended and replaced with awe when he played his horn. His specially made trumpet was as unique has he was with the ability to uplift the listener in much the same manner as his familiar(to jazz buff anyway) uplifted trumpet. Beginning with the opening track, "Swing Low , Sweet Cadillac, Gillespie and his band of merry musicians cut loose with a hilarious rendition that features a call and response by sax man James Moody and Dizzy that is over a drum introduction that drives the song into eventual swinging horn interplay. Dizzy makes his calls in a fashion that sounds very Cuban or Caribbean sounding. His chants mimick the styles of Afro-Carribean rhythms while James moody responds in hilarious dead pan fashion including a "and your popa too" in response to a Dizzy "yourrrrrr-mommmmmma." The perpetually hip Dizzy ends his version with the reference to "old cadillacs never die, the finance compnay just takes them away." Although not known for his singing Dizzy gives it a try on the theme from the film "Dr. Dolittle," entitled "Something in your Smile." The song features straight vocals that are ok but Dizzy was clearly a better trumpeter. The Gillespie composition entitled "Kush" is his tribute to "Mother Africa " and opens with a long winding flute introduction by James Moody that must have been characterized by some Dizzy theatrics because the audience is laughing throughout. Soon Dizzy takes over for the nearly sixteen minute jam that features room for all members of the quintet to do their thing. Of notable recognition is the sax solos by Moody and the enchanting, spellbinding trumpet work by Gillespie in this extended version of one his most famous compostions. The audience is tricked momentarily into thinking the song is over as they erupt into applause(not the instrument recognition applause) as the song carries on with even more emotion and intensity. Overall this live recording is a glimpse into the showmanship and charcacter that was Dizzy Gillespie. A true talent that recorded his genius often, this is a part of musical history in America's own art form, jazz. A little short time wise by today's fluffed up standards but taken for what it is, it is a masterpiece that time cannot measure. Recommended for jazz afficionados old and new alike."
Dizzy's great, but the album isn't
p dizzle | augusta, georgia, USA | 03/17/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"dizzy gillespie gets five stars for his performance on this 60s quintet live album. the african beat goes bop of the title track with its hilarious lyrics gets you in a great mood right from the start. "mas que nada" keeps up the fine playing with james moody providing a stellar solo of his own to complement dizzy's work. "bye" is a blues with dizzy handling the vocals on "something in your smile' which he takes as a tender reading-- diz could play ballads evoking the romance within. the album closes with an extended jam on "kush" that again allows both diz and moody to shine. so why only three stars? first, the program has the feel of being thrown together by a producer who just found scraps on the floor. you hear these tracks and know that there had to have been more than thirty three minutes of music worth releasing. for instance, "bye" clocks in at a whopping 1:28! granted, it was probably the theme for the end of a set, but still! there had to have been some full songs that could have been added. for live diz, i'd go with "live at newport" featuring the big band and "an electrifying evening" featuring dizzy's best quintet from the 60s."
Nuts to the critics!
kamachai | Grand Forks, North Dakota USA | 03/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"great performance, especially Mas Que Nada. dizzy at his characteristically fun, goofy best. this is probably the dizzy album i listen to the most."