Nov. 27 and 29, 1961 were just another couple of nights for the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, two more stops on an endless world tour, this time in Stuttgart and Frankfurt, Germany. The shows they played those evenings were never intended to be heard outside of those rooms, let alone a half-century later. But thanks to the newly created Jazzhaus label, which has uncovered and begun releasing a trove of hundreds of audio and video recordings made at long-forgotten German gigs, we have some new Diz to consume. If the question we want to ask is just how good this outfit was on just another night in just another city, the answer is: quite remarkable.
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