Here's another contribution, again a vinyl rip of some of Dizzy Gillespie's great big band sides recorded in late June 1946 at the Spotlite Club, 52nd Street, New York City.
This came out in 2008 on Uptown in what I guess is the definitive version, compiling the whole shebang. Before, the same music (in slightly different sequence) was contained on the Dizzy Gillespie series of the great French "Masters of Jazz" releases (Volumes 7 & 8, a 2CD set that also contained the "Jivin' in Bebop" soundtrack).
The Uptown set can (and SHOULD!) be obtained easily, for instance from Amazon or cdUniverse.
Dizzy Gillespie is heard leading his big band in a series of live performances during the summer of 1946, recorded by the legendary Jerry Newman, a fan who made historic transcription discs of many groups during the era. Unlike many of the commercial issues that have appeared over the years, Uptown was able to obtain the original discs from Newman's family, so with skilled restoration, the audio is quite impressive throughout this two-CD set.
The fidelity is especially great for the horns and reeds, while the rhythm section isn't completely buried as on many such sessions. Some of the highlights include a sizzling take of "Our Delight" featuring the leader and tenorist James Moody, vibraphonist Milt Jackson in "The Man I Love," Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight" with its composer at the piano and Jackson, several takes of Gillespie's modern "Things to Come," plus a guest appearance by vocalist Sarah Vaughan in what is billed as an intermission feature of "Don't Blame Me," with tenorist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis chiming in. Ira Gitler's detailed liner notes and the wide variety of vintage photos add to the value of this essential release for Dizzy Gillespie's fans.
Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
Dizzy Gillespie Big Band
New York City (USA), Spotlite Club (52nd Street)
Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Burns, Elmon Wright, Johnny Lynch, Talib Dawud (trumpet), Alton "Slim" Moore, Leon Comegys, Gordon Thomas (trombone), Howard Johnson, John Brown (alto saxophone), James Moody, Ray Abrams (tenor saxophone), Sol Moore (baritone saxophone), Thelonious Monk (piano), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Ray Brown (bass), Kenny Clarke (drums)
01. Our Delight 3:24
02. Ray's Idea 2:24
03. Cool Breeze 3:40
04. 'Round Midnight 6:27
05. Oop-Bop-Sh'bam 3:04
06. One Bass Hit 4:04
07. The Man I Love 2:36
08. Groovin' High 4:45
09. Things To Come 3:44
10. Second Balcony Jump 5:55
11. Don't Blame Me (Sarah Vaughan, voc) 4:14
12. Unknown Title 2:30