DIZZY GILLESPIE SEPTET
Approaches To Olinga [no label, 1CD]
Rehearsal sessions and/or outtakes from sessions for Portrait Of Jenny. Rudy Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1970 (possibly late summer). Excellent soundboard.
Thanks to Doinker for sharing these tracks at Dime.
These tracks were originally shared as “rehearsal sessions from desk reference tapes 1975-11-19/20 T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles CA… These tapes have been presented in real time with all pauses intact. The only cuts were some brutal thumps when the recorder was shut off.”
Let’s be clear about what you are getting here. This is no dat/cassette/whatever. These are 10.5 inch two-track reel to reel tapes running at 15ips. There are ten tracks in all spread over three reels. And, bless its heart - there’s no commercial music in here after vetting the commercial long version of this song note by note. There are takes 1-5 of Olinga itself. There are an additional five tracks labeled as “insert”. They are listed as takes 9-13. They may or may not constitute a longer running version of the middle of the existing tune, but they too are commercially unavailable. I’m unable to locate a name for these takes other than “insert”, so if you do know, please tell me.
Now, how did I acquire these gems? Heh heh…
Many years ago in Connecticut there were major teardowns of estate homes to make way for highway construction. One of the firms was United House Wrecking in Stamford, Connecticut. A very long time ago they actually cleared out these estate homes and had items for sale. It was sort of a huge junkyard of sorts in those days, not at all like it is now. Way in the back were a whole bunch of reel tapes. Three of them had the letters “DIZ” on them, and one of them said “Olinga”. And there you have it. Two dollars each. And, I won’t even tell you about the “Archies” masters I saw there No “Sugar Sugar” for me.
Forward to now. About four years ago I contacted the Gillespie estate attorney about getting these tapes released. He sounded interested. But after three calls over the space of a year, he was unable to get any sort of response from the family. The last conversation with him was over three years ago. Since the entire LP version of “Olinga” may be streamed on YouTube for well over a year already, it’s safe to say there’s no one at the wheel over there.
In response, briggY wrote:
My guess is your tape had no info other that “Approaches to Olinga” and that was what made you assume these were outtakes from 1975’s BAHIANA. In fact, it seems that these outtakes come from the sessions for the 1970 album PORTRAIT OF JENNY (released on the Perception label and not included in the jazz discography project discography)… It’s very nice material, and one hell of a lucky find, nevertheless.
Thanks to briggY for identifying the date, the venue and the lineup for these sessions; as well as providing the tracklist.
Thanks also to BILLYJOELFAN for the cover art.
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Tape 1 (21:30):
Track 01. Diddy Wa Diddy - fragment 1 0:13 (368k)
Track 02. Diddy Wa Diddy - take 1 10:21 (17.4MB)
Track 03. Diddy Wa Diddy - fragment 2 0:55 (1.5MB)
Track 04. Diddy Wa Diddy - take 2 10:01 (16.8MB)
Tape 3 (24:04):
Track 07. Me ‘n Them - fragment 1 2:56 (4.9MB)
Track 08. Me ‘n Them - fragment 2 2:01 (3.4MB)
Track 09. Me ‘n Them - take 2 12:16 (20.6MB)
Track 10. Me ‘n Them - fragment 3 6:51 (11.5MB)
Dizzy Gillespie - trumpet
Mike Longo - piano
George Davis - guitar
Andrew Gonzalez - bass
Jerry Gonzalez, Carlos “Patato” Valdes - congas
Nicholas Marrero - timbales
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