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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Jivin' in Be-Bop (1946)

  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Freddie Carter
  • Sahji
Just watched on the Internet Archive this all-black revue hosted by Freddie Carter and featuring the music of Dizzy Gillespie with accompaniment from Ray Brown on bass and Milt Jackson on vibraphone among other band members. In between sets, Carter and Gillespie do a short banter most of which wasn't funny though I was amused by this exchange: Freddie-"How long do you think Cain can hate his brother?" Dizzy-"As long as he is Abel." During some of Dizzy's music, some exotic dancers like Sahji among others do their thing. There's also some fine singers like Helen Humes who starts things off with "E-Baba-Le-Ba". There's also some good tap dancers like Ralph Brown. Oh, and even a couple of piano players named Dan Burley and Johny Taylor who provide some good instrumentals called "Hubba-Hubba Blues" and "Hubba-Hubba Boogie". This was a pretty entertaining revue film that also featured the likes of James Moody, Audrey Armstrong, Delores Brown, Dave Burns, Benny Carter, Kenny "Pancho" Hagood, Henny and Johnny, Daisy Richardson, and expressionist dancer Ray Sneed. So on that note, I recommend Jivin' in Be-Bop.


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