Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Dizzy Gillespie Digs Paris (Pleyel '53) - Wade Legge Trio

On February 9, 1953, Dizzy Gillespie played a live concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris that was recorded, though when excerpts were first released, there were only enough used to fill one 10" LP. This two-disc set not only includes the entire 84-minute show (which actually fills just over one disc) for the first time on CD, it also adds 16 studio tracks that Gillespie cut in Paris that same month, as well as eight Gillespie-less studio tracks (also done in Paris in February 1953) by three of his sidemen, working under the name the Wade Legge Trio. It's the live Salle Pleyel set that's the main feature, presented here, according to the liner notes, in an "unedited remastered version of that evening's events with a number of butchered solos fully restored plus the addition of [alto and baritone saxophonist] Bill Graham's previously discarded showcase "'I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance,'" for which Dizzy made a rare appearance on piano."
This might not have been Gillespie's best band, or Gillespie's very best period ; those honors probably belong to the work he did in the mid- to late '40s. Still, Gillespie close to his best — as he is here — is very good indeed, as is the sound quality of this concert recording. The program mixes some of the more well-known tunes identified with Dizzy ("Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be," "Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac") with some standards (including no less than four songs written or co-written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin). On one of those Gershwin tunes, "Embraceable You," there's also a surprise vocal by Sarah Vaughan — not a member of Gillespie's band at the time, but a fellow jazz star "who just happened to be in the building," according to the liner notes.
The first ten of the 16 Gillespie-led studio tracks — in which just one of the 16 songs from the live portion ("Mon Homme") is reprised — are much in the same vein, though not quite as lively as the concert material. Too, the live setting, unlike the studio one, gave the band a chance to stretch out songs to nearly ten minutes, as they did on "The Champ," "Good Bait," and "Birk's Works." For those who like the fun-loving, vocal side of Gillespie's persona, though, this studio version of "Clappin' Rhythm" stands out as a highlight. The final six of the Gillespie-led studio recordings finds the sextet supplemented by the Paris Operatic String Orchestra (with arrangements by Michel Legrand), and are good as bop-meets-orchestration goes, though orchestral arrangements don't play to Gillespie's strengths. The eight final cuts on disc two represent pianist Wade Legge's sole session he did as a leader, with the rhythm section of bassist Lou Hackney and drummer Al Jones. Though not too similar in tone to the Gillespie-led numbers that dominate this compilation — it's well-done if typical early-'50s bop, with the piano to the fore — it does round out this extended snapshot of the music Gillespie and his band were creating in Paris during this month. As a whole, the two-CD set might not be a major entry in the Gillespie discography, but it's a good one. And it's certainly hard to imagine a more complete package of this 1953 Salle Pleyel concert, complemented as it is by studio material recorded by the same musicians at the same time and place, augmented by detailed liner notes.
Richie Unterberger

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/dizzy-digs-paris-mw0000552315

Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Digs Paris
(The Complete 1953 Salle Pleyel Concert
Plus All the February Studio Sessions and The Rare
Wade Legge Trio 10-inch LP)


Cd. 1

1 Intro [Rehearsal Blues] (Gillespie)  1:30
2 The Champ (Gillespie)  9:22
3 Good Bait (Dameron, Basie)  9:49
4 Swing Low Sweet Cadillac (Gillespie)  4:08
5 I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance (Crosby, Washington, Young)  6:28
6 Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:49
7 Mon Homme (Charles, Pollock, Willemetz, Yvain)  2:53
8 (I've Got) The Bluest Blues (McFarland, Thompson)  3:51
9 Birk's Works (Gillespie)  9:35
10 Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be (Gillespie, Carroll, Graham)  3:28
11 They Can't Take That Away From Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:21
12 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:14
13 Play Fiddle Play (Altman, Lawrence, Deutsch)  4:28
14 I Can't Get Started (Gershwin, Duke)  3:05
15 Tin Tin Deo (Gillespie, Pozo)  4:11
16 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Fields, McHugh)  2:48


Cd. 2

1 School Days (Cobb, Edwards)  7:04
2 Undecided (Robin, Shavers)  2:32
3 The Way You Look Tonight (Fields, Kern)  4:11
4 Always (Berlin)  2:57
5 Mon Homme (Charles, Pollock, Willemetz, Yvain)  2:40
6 Clappin' Rhythm (Gillespie)  2:14
7 Fais Gaffe (Watch Out) (Gillespie)  3:57
8 Moon Nocture (Gillespie)  2:26
9 This Is The Way (Gillespie)  2:34
10 S'wonderful (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:16
11 Oo-Bla-Dee (Orent, Williams)  3:03
12 Stormy Weather (Arlen, Koehler)  3:48
13 Jalousie (Bloom, Gade)  2:33
14 The Very Thought Of You (Noble)  2:34
15 Fine & Dandy (James, Swift)  3:40
16 I've Got You Under My Skin (Porter)  2:22
17 Pennies From Heaven ()  2:22
18 Perdido (Burke, Johnston)  3:09
19 Dream A Little Dream On Me (Andre, Scwandt, Kahn)  3:16
20 Wade Legge's Blues (Legge)  3:44
21 A Swedish Folk Song (trad.)  3:11
22 Dance Of The Infidels (Powell)  3:14
23 Aren't You Glad You're You (Burke, VanHeusen)  3:15
24 These Foolish Things (Link, Marvell, Strachey)  2:52
25 Why Don't You Believe Me (Douglas, Laney, Rodde)  2:52


[Cd. 1 & Cd. 2, # 1]
Dizzy Gillespie - tp & vcl
Joe "Bebop" Carroll - vcl
Sarah Vaughan - vcl [# 12]
Bill Graham - as & bs
Wade Legge - p
Lou Hackney - b
Al Jones - dr
Recorded at the Salle Pleyel, Paris ; February 9, 1953
[Cd. 2, # 2-11]
Same as above, except
Nat Peck - tb, is added
Bill Graham & Sarah Vaughan are out
Recorded at the Studio Pathé Magellan, Paris ; February 22, 1953
[Cd. 2, # 12-11]
Dizzy Gillespie - tp
Wade Legge - p
Lou Hackney - b
Al Jones - dr
The Paris Operatic String Orchestra
Michel Legrand - arr.
Recorded at the Studio Pathé Magellan, Paris ; February 22, 1953
[Cd. 2, # 18-25] Vogue L.D. 133
Wade Legge - p
Lou Hackney - b
Al Jones - dr
Recorded in Paris, France ; February 27, 1953
On February 27, 1953, while playing in Dizzy Gillespie's band, pianist Wade Legge was given the opportunity to record a session in Paris as the leader of the Wade Legge Trio with fellow Gillespie bandmembers Al Jones (drums) and Lou Hackney (bass). The resulting eight tracks were issued in France on the Vogue label, and in the U.S. (as New Faces-New Sounds on Blue Note). Surprisingly — considering that Legge was 19 at the time, and that he would play not only with Gillespie, but also Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, and Donald Byrd — it turned out to be the only recording issued under Legge's name. The cuts are strong if typical early-'50s bop, Legge showing the influence of Bud Powell, whose "Dance of the Infidels" he covers here. The only original is "Wade Legge's Blues," as the threesome also run through the traditional "A Swedish Folk Song" and standards like "Dream a Little Dream on Me" and "These Foolish Things." All eight of the tracks are included on the two-CD compilation Dizzy Digs Paris, which otherwise features live and studio Dizzy Gillespie recordings also done in Paris in February 1953, in which all three members of the Wade Legge Trio play as part of a Gillespie-led sextet.
Richie Unterberger

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/new-faces-new-sounds-mw0000529799


Lou Vascek said...

Hi- great blog, love this music.
sorry to be so dense . can you please tell me the password ?
I just cannot seem to find it.
thank you.

joao maximo said...

hi Mel,
great stuff indeed
thanks a million

daniel genovese said...

It's a Gillepie's jewel.

Lou Vascek said...

I have tried :
txt, .txt, pass.txt, bloom, direction, and cannot get the password.
Help !please !

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danair said...

Thanks Mel really interested in the Wade Legge.

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Prof. Yaffle said...

Mel, many thanks

AmyBRAINS said...

Another fantastic EASTER EGG!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.



5 cents said...

Happy Easter Mel. You...da....man! Sunny and warm in Northern California today. Thank you.

Frasco said...

Thank you for the precious booklet!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx Melanchton. It's good to hear some of Dizzy's work during this period.

frumious bandersnatch said...

@Lou Vascek
the pw must be : melanchthon

DEEP said...

Can't get that 7th link to open.

deGallo said...

Everything opened fine for me and it's great music. Thank you.

furnguy said...


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rubberduck said...

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Chris said...

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jazzcat1228 said...

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Melanchthon said...

This is a special request...

Can anybody (from my previous post) repost this one ? Thanks...

Beto said...

Hi Mel! Welcome back!
I found your post and I'm uploading to my dropbox.
In a few minutes I'll send the link for dowload.
Best regards

Melanchthon said...

Nice !

Beto said...

File size is 1.11GB - 57 itens and will take more than a few minutes to upload.
I'll send the folder link to your GMail

Michele B said...

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Banyai said...

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I see no link..

Please,,if possible help me

Bányai Péter


Beto said...

Please check your e-mail.Folder uploaded.
Best Regards

Melanchthon said...

Thanks a bunch, Beto...

Kostas from Piraeus said...

Where can I find the link for downloading?
Please help me...Thank you very much...

Kostas from Piraeus said...

mu email is:
Thank you again!!!

francisco santos said...

can you re post once more ?????.....BIG THX !!!!!.....
this one deserves the effort !.....

Alf said...

COuld you please send me the link?
My email is alfcoltrane@gmail.com
Thanks in advance

francisco santos said...

Beto my e-mail is


Big THX !!!!....

francisco santos said...

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fcapeau said...

Hi, Beto, My mail is fcapeau@gmail.com
Thanks in advance


Beto said...

Mr Melanchthon will repost the album when opportune. I can't upload the album to SVNV Blog.

francisco santos said...

sorry Beto it's just that it's so good to pass !...people have bad habits with the WEB quickness ...sorry once more !....

斉藤匠 said...

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blbs said...
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francisco santos said...

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Big THX !!!!....

furnguy said...


fcapeau said...

Thanks a bunch to both of you .... Great post.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks guys!

chuchuni said...

Thank you both for the re-up.

sikes said...

Hi Mel, please could you re-up this would love to hear this, thanks

Melanchthon said...

Cd. 1 + artwork
Cd. 2

Kovina Kris said...

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