With his inflated cheeks and bent horn, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie’s pivotal role in the invention of bebop and the composing of some of the best jazz songs of all time makes his name synonymous with the form. And, like many of the truly great musicians, his influence was not just felt in one specific style of jazz; he was also one of the founding fathers of the Afro-Cuban jazz tradition and also pioneered the modern big band format long after the swing era ended.


Original photography by William P. Gottlieb. Full Photo restoration by us.

"Have Trumpet, Will Excite!" is a 1959 studio album by Dizzy Gillespie. The Penguin Guide to Jazz rates the album three stars and states that "there's a case for saying that this is one of the best of all Gillespie's small-group albums: the playing has a steely refinement that makes the audacious moments stand out even further, the relatively neutral setting puts a more decisive face on the trumpet choruses, and it's a rare chance to hear Gillespie work through what might have been a hard-bop programme of standard tunes."

Dizzy Gillespie

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