Dizzy And MachitoIn 1975 several jazz giants got together to make one of the greatest records of all time: Dizzy Y Machito, Afro-Cuban Moods. With Dizzy Gillespie fronting the great Machito Orchestra. Mario Bauza was the musical Director, and Chico O'Farrill contributed arrangements and compositions. Dizzy's playing was as strong as it ever had been. He sounded right at home with the Machito Orchestra laying down its Latin rhythms behind him. This was a beautiful magic. many times these meeting of giants don't come off as billed. But this is far more than a jam session. This has freedom and spontaneity within structure. The rhythms of Africa exported to Cuba and America interpreted and reinterpreted for a new generation.
This is not the kind of music you sit on the couch and quietly listen to. This is music to move to. This is like in the old days when people went dancing in the ballrooms of New York City. Harlem and Spanish Harlem are brought together in a sweet fusion. This music is hot. It's so hot I could throw a party in a graveyard with this music. You couldn't keep the dead from shaking, what's left of their *****. This was late in Dizzy's career, but he sounds totally revitalized.