Sunday Herald Sun
, March 2002
DIZZY Gillespie -- brilliant trumpeter, post-war jazz pioneer and all-round musical good guy -- has been ill-served in terms of the sort of lavish retrospective packages being accorded even minor stars of the jazz world.
When it comes to Gillespie's early years, however, this budget-priced compilation does a good single-disc job. It features a couple of early 1940s tracks with the orchestras of Lucky Millander and Boyd Raeburn, including A Night in Tunisia and several of the explosive big-band sides Gillespie recorded for RCA.
Best of all, for be-bop fans, are the classic small group sides that make up the rest of the disc, with such luminaries as Shelley Manne, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, Al Haig, Milt Jackson and Lucky Thompson on board and on fire."