Sunday, August 19, 2007

Dizzy Gillespie - 1984 - New Faces

"NEW FACES stands out as one of the best of the later Dizzy Gillespie recordings. This crisp sounding, upbeat session benefits from the digital production values of Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen and an imposing cast of young accompanists, including ex-Blakey alumnus Lonnie Plaxico on bass, and "Tonight Show" mainstays Branford Marsalis and Kenny Kirkland on saxophone and piano respectively.
There is an appealing Latin funk air to the band's performances throughout, particularly on "Lorraine" (for Diz's wife of 50-plus years), "Tin Tin Deo," "Tenor Song" and "Fiesta Mojo." Gillespie's ever-deepening blues vocabulary is well-represented on the classic "Birk's Works" and "Ballad," while the closing "Every Mornin'" varies between a churchy backbeat groove and a boppish 4/4 stroll. Walking the line between traditional jazz and the adult contemporary sound for which GRP has become famous, NEW FACES manages to satisfy fans of both styles." -

Label: Grp Records
Released: 1984
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Kenny Kirkland Piano
Branford Marsalis Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Lonnie Plaxico (1-6) Acoustic Bass
Lincoln Goines (7) Bass
Robert Ameen Drums
Steve Thornton (3, 6) Percussion