Friday, July 28, 2017

Dizzy Gillespie - Have Trumpet, Will Excite ! + The Ebullient Mr. Gillespie

Though Dizzy Gillespie’s 1959 quintet had lesser names than his previous groups, the standard of performance he delivered remained at the same high level. The main soloist, he was the old master clearly invigorated by his young colleagues. His front line partner here was Les Spann; doubling on guitar and flute, he proved to be a fine guitarist with laconic tone and manner of execution, while his flute playing was assured and skilful. The distinctive, soul-tinged piano of Junior Mance, with Lex Humphries on drums, and Sam Jones on bass, formed a strong, responsive rhythm section.


This quintet was for the most part a working band on the club and concert circuit, offering a neat mixture of Gillespie’s entertaining songs, established repertoire, and some Latin and African-influenced pieces. With this quintet, Dizzy found a middle ground in his music that gave his bebop legacy room to breathe, but with much more rhythmic variety and accessibility.

Source :

Dizzy Gillespie
Have Trumpet, Will Excite !
The Ebullient Mr. Gillespie

(2 Lps On 2 Cds)


cd. 1

1 Girl of My Dreams (Clapp)  7:41
2 My Man (Yvain, Charles, Pollock, Willemetz)  4:15
3 Moonglow (DeLange, Hudson, Mills)  6:20
4 There Is No Greater Love (Jones, Symes)  3:22
5 St. Louis Blues (Handy)  5:50
6 Oo-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be (Carrol, Graham)  3:22
7 I Found a Million Dollar Baby (Warren, Rose, Dixon)  6:30
8 Swing Low Sweet Cadillac (Gillespie)  7:06
9 Always (Berlin)  5:34
10 The Umbrella Man (Stock, Rose, Cavanaugh)  2:40


cd. 2

1 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)  7:20
2 My Heart Belongs to Daddy (Porter) 6:00
3 Constantinople (Gillespie)  7:00
4 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (Koller, Barris, Moll)  7:13
5 Woody’n You (Gillespie)  6:20
6 Lorraine (Gillespie)  4:14
7 Ungawa (Gillespie, Nuñez)  3:19
8 Squatty Roo (Hodges)  7:25


Dizzy Gillespie - tp & vcl
Junior Mance - p
Les Spann - g & fl
Sam Jones - b
Lex Humphries - dr
Francisco “Chino” Pozo - cng
Johnny Hodges - as [# cd. 2, # 8 only]

Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City ; February 17, 18 & 20, 1959

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chano said...

Thanks Mel, never enough Diz!

Unknown said...

Mel! Thanks very much.

Eric said...

I have owned these albums since they first were released and I will miss the scratches and pops that have accumulated over the decades. So thanks for these.

dantzig65 said...

Nice! Thanks Mel.

OldHippieRick said...

Thanks Mel once again for a swell choice of Dizzy me /;-))

reindeer man said...

Thanks Mel for the Diz -- The Ebullient Mr. Gillespie will be new to me!

poppachubby said...

Two of his finest...superb!!

The Jackal said...

Great year that '59 ! Is that the first recorded version of Woody'n'you ?

Blue Eyes said...

Yeah, superb! love it! thanks a lot Mel for this post!

Orbyt said...

Interesting lineup here (including Les Spann). Great post Mel, thank you.

johnp said...

Wonderful-Thank You!

LaroSwing said...

Great post. Thank you again!

rubberduck said...

here we are on the jazz TOP.

Thanks Mel / and thanks Fresh Sound, I will buy this one.

ita diegues said...

Thank you MElanchthon.

L.O.L. said...

Thanks Mel=)

es125 said...

Thanks Mel for this super cool set. very hip

Bill said...

I'm not a great Dizzy-fan, but these are most pleasant recordings. Thanks, Mel.

Peter said...

I used to think Diz's "middle period" recordings were a bit old hat. Clearly I wasn't listening.

I have had HTWE for some time. I am looking forward to the other album greatly - prime-looking tracklist there too.

Thanks Mel!

tdelyon said...

Thanks Mel :)

jbl said...

I have owned both albums in practically all forms since they came out in the fifties.They are both worth having, but to me the cherry on the top is Squatty Roo (with Johnny Hodges), which was never included until the CD era. You would have wished that they had made some tracks together.
Great post thanks Mel.

pedro gamundi said...


Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

jazzcat1228 said...

Another great share! Thank you, Mel.

deGallo said...

Really appreciated! Thank you.

velobrewer said...

A load of thanks Mel. Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

Again wonderful shares as to listen to Dizzy's music still enlightens my day!

chemuski said...

A true treasure.... Ty Mel !

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

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ProfessorCalculus said...

Great artist great tracks and magnificent playing. Thanks Mel

Kovina Kris said...

FYI - Expired links here.

Melanchthon said...

DEEP said...

Les Spann died homeless on the streets of NYC. What a shame.

musician3 said...


Kovina Kris said...

One album is new, the other a welcome upgrade. Both are much appreciated. Thanks for bringing back some of these posts with dead links from time to time. A second chance is always something I welcome with open arms. Thank you Mel!

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel !

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, I have been looking for this recording for a very long time!!!!