Dizzy Reece
Soundin' Off | Mono

Classic Records / Blue Note

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Alphonso Son "Dizzy" Reece, born 1931, is a Jamaican-born hard bop jazz trumpeter with a distinctive sound and compositional style. One of the lesser-known but highly praised Jamaican jazz musicians, which includes saxophonist Bertie King, trombonist Don Drummond and percussionist Count Ossie to name a few.

“Maybe not exactly the first Dizzy that comes to mind when discussing jazz, this Jamaican-born, British-raised trumpeter overcame whatever burdens that nickname may have wrought to become a highly respected player in the New York scene. He enhanced that rep by recording some truly excellent albums for the Savoy, Blue Note and Prestige labels among others. His robust and passionate playing styles always seemed to inspire other musicians in his company. The contributions of the esteemed trio invited; pianist Walter Bishop, Jr., bassist Doug Watkins and drummer Art Taylor unilaterally match the front man's fire and bold approach to each tune.” – Acoustic Sounds

“The opening track, interestingly enough, is both a ballad and a standard: on "Ghost of a Chance" Reece plays with a buttery, burnished tone that coats the familiar melody in a golden haze like the quality of light at dusk. The sun rises again on the next track, a midtempo number titled "Once in a While," and the tempo ratchets up another notch on "Eb Pob," a rather undistinguished composition on the "I Got Rhythm" changes that is completely redeemed by the quality of the solos. "Yesterday" finds pianist Walter Bishop delivering a curiously lackadaisical solo, but he gets back in the groove on a wonderful version of "Our Love Is Here to Stay." The program ends with a nice, bouncy blues original titled "Blue Streak." Throughout the album, Reece digs into his bag of sonic tricks without ever doing anything that detracts from the music itself.” – AllMusic

Item description:


Dizzy Reece


Soundin' Off


Classic Records / Blue Note


Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono, Reissue, 200 gram



Release Date:

This reissue: 2008 / Original - 1960




Hard Bop, Trumpet

Catalog No:

BN 4033-MONO-200G