Bahiana.Los Angeles: Pablo, 1976 Stock Code: 144487
Signed cleanly in full by the great trumpeter in ball-point pen on the front cover in the year of the album's release: "To Roffe, Dizzy Gillespie, '76"; the recipient may be Swedish jazz accordionist Roffe Söderberg. This is the first pressing of "one of Dizzy Gillespie's finest albums of the decade" (AllMusic).
The Penguin Guide remarks that "Gillespie plays with fire and decision and he elevates his surroundings with some distinction". He is accompanied by Roger Glenn (flute, bass flute, vibes) Al Gafa and Mike Howell (guitars), Earl May (bass), Mickey Roker (drums) and Paulinho (percussion). Stewart Mason at AllMusic enthuses, "Bahiana (named for the Brazilian state of Bahia) was his first all-Brazilian album in over a decade. It's a goodie, though. By the mid-'70s, interest in the original wave of bossa nova had largely died out, replaced on the one side by the tropicalia movement and on the other by the fusiony disco-pop of Airto Moreira and Deodato. Bahiana's richly expansive tunes - not one under seven and a half minutes, and even the three ten-plus minute entries deserving every second -are built on pure carnival rhythms, like the percolating, self-explanatory "Samba." Guitarist Alexander Gafa contributes half of the eight tunes, but the highlights are Gillespie's own festive "Carnival" and the hypnotic "Olinga," which sounds like Antonio Carlos Jobim sitting in on rehearsals for Kind of Blue. Those wanting to explore Dizzy Gillespie's Latin side should start here".
2 12-inch vinyl LPs (Pablo 2625-708), new plain paper sleeves (original sleeves also present), original gatefold album cover.
Shelfwear and general signs of handling, "Stereo" sticker on back cover; a few light abrasions to discs otherwise very good.
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