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Dizzy Gillespie December 29, 1945

Main Session Personnel
trumpet
alto saxophone
piano
bass
drums
# Tracks Playtime Issue Variance from Main Session Personnel
1 Shaw Nuff 4:52
Yardbird in Lotusland
Catalog #: SPJ 123
2 Groovin' High 5:57
Yardbird in Lotusland
Catalog #: SPJ 123
3 Dizzy Atmosphere 4:42
Yardbird in Lotusland
Catalog #: SPJ 123
Milt Jackson (vibraphone)
4 A Night in Tunisia 5:38 Milt Jackson (vibraphone)
genre: bop
Recording Date: 
1945-12-29
Leader(s): 
Dizzy Gillespie
Skill/instrument: 
trumpet
Skill/instrument: 
alto saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
piano
Skill/instrument: 
bass
Skill/instrument: 
drums
Personnel: 
Dizzy Gillespie
Personnel: 
Charlie Parker
Personnel: 
Al Haig
Personnel: 
Ray Brown
Personnel: 
Stan Levey
Ensemble Size: 
quintet
Venue Type: 
live performance
Venue Name: 
NBC Studio
Venue Location: 
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Recording company
Company Name: 
NBC
Session Details: 

We have included this as a separate session to the Slim Galliard session, despite Diz and Bird playing in both on the same night. Obviously, stranger things have happened than two artists having two gigs the same day, but it's worth noting. Also, this is both live and in studio. Sutherland indicates it was a recording for American Forces Radio SErvices, and notes the applause times between tracks--implying it was recorded before a live audience. Burton includes the announcements by Dizzy and Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman into the track lengths, which is clearer than acting like they are separate artistic tracks of songs.

 

Also, Sutherland writes extensively about the controversy about the 4th track, Night in Tunisia. Some sources say it was recorded at a different session, but the similarities--according to Sutherland--are remarkable enough that they seem much more likely to have occurred at this session. Read Sutherland's notes for more detail. Burton believes the track is fraudulent, while Sutherland maintains that for that to be so (that it is a fraud) someone would have to gone through painstaking effort to mimic the exact sound as the rest of this session (and concludes that it is unlikely someone would have done so)-JS

Sources: 
jazzdisco.org, allmusic, Allan Sutherland's discography & John Burton's discography (www.birdlives.co.uk; or just google Burton or Sutherland with Charlie parker and it's the first hit)