The first of 3 Volumes of Previously Never Released Dizzy Gillespie. Already In the line up of nominations for The Grammy's "The best historical recording" for 1999. In 1956, Dizzy was asked by the State Department to assemble a big band to tour South America.
These recordings were done live throughout the tour with great success. These recordings represent a pinnacle in Dizzy Gillespies' remarkable career as Band Leader and Trumpet Icon.
- Ira Gitler
Leader and Trumpet
Quincy Jones, Bama Warwick, and E.V. Perry :Trumpet
Phil Woods and Jimmy Powell: Alto Sax
Benny Golson,Billy Mitchell: Tenor Sax
Marty Flax: Baritone Sax
Melba Liston, Franlk Rehak, and Rod Levitt : Trombone
Walter Davis Jr.:Piano
Nelson Boyd: Bass
Charlie Persip: Drums