MAY 19

            The Bop Session

               Recording Date:
                   May 19-20, 1975

                   Dizzy Gillespie   TP
                   Sonny Stitt         AS,TS
                   John Lewis         P tk 1,5
                   Hank Jones        P tk 2-4,6
                   Percy Heath       B
                   Max Roach         D


Reviewby Scott Yanow
This LP matches together trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Stitt (on alto and tenor) with an all-star rhythm section (John Lewis or Hank Jones on piano, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Max Roach) for six classic bop standards. Gillespie was near the end of his prime but is in generally good form while Stitt typically eats the material (songs such as "Confirmation," "Groovin' High" and "All the Things You Are") with no difficulty. Bop fans should enjoy this date despite the lack of surprises.

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