Dizzy Gillespie – World Statesman (Full Album)

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

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
This LP has been out of print so long that there is little point searching for it, though the sessions were reissued on Birk’s Works: The Verve Big-Band Sessions. 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. Sidemen at the time included trumpeter Joe Gordon (who got to take Gillespie’s famous break on this version of “Night in Tunisia”), trombonist/arranger Melba Liston, altoist Phil Woods, pianist Walter Davis and tenors Ernie Wilkins and Billy Mitchell. On such classics as “Dizzy’s Business,” “Tour de Force,” “Doodlin'” and “The Champ,” this brilliant (and historic) orchestra really shows a great deal of spirit, power and creativity (https://goo.gl/QSZ3Km).

Track listing:
All compositions by Dizzy Gillespie except as indicated

Side One:

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

Side Two:

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

Personnel:
Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet, vocals
Joe Gordon, Quincy Jones, Ermit V. Perry, Carl Warwick – trumpet
Rod Levitt, Melba Liston, Frank Rehak – trombone
Jimmy Powell, Phil Woods – alto saxophone
Billy Mitchell, Ernie Wilkins – tenor saxophone
Marty Flax – baritone saxophone
Walter Davis Jr. – piano
Nelson Boyd – bass
Charlie Persip – drums

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