Gillespie performs in Belgium with sidemen Sonny Stitt, Lou Levy, Ray Brown, and Gus Johnson, and in Denmark with sidemen Benny Bailey, Idrees, Sulieman, Art Farmer, Dusko Goykovich, Ake Persson, Nat Peck, Eric Van Lier, Derek Humble, Billy Mitchell, Tony Coe, Ronnie Scott, Sahib Shihab, Francy Boland, Jimmy Woode, Kenny Clark, and Kenny Clare. Ira Gitler provides liner notes. Also included is an interview from Denmark.
Jazz Icons: Dizzy Gilespie features two historic concerts from one of the founding fathers of bebop. Filmed 12 years apart, the 1958 concert features Dizzy working eloquently within the small combo structure of a quintet including such influential musicians as sax player Sonny Stitt and bassist Ray Brown. The second show focuses on a completely different side of Dizzy, fronting the legendary Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band. With a 16-piece big band to conduct, including two drummers, his Latin influences are revealed on 'Con Alma' and 'Manteca.'