Slightly Dizzy – Chuck Wayne
This bebop line based on the changes of How High The Moon predated Charlie Parker's similar exploration. Chuck's introduction is notated in all lead sheet editions.
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- Recording: Joe Marsala - Joe Marsala Sextet 78rpm
- Recorded on: November 30, 1945
- Label: Musicraft (344)
- Concert Key: G
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Clarinet - Joe Marsala
- Trumpet - Marty Marsala
- Guitar - Chuck Wayne
- Piano - Gene DiNovi
- Bass - Clyde Lombardi
- Drums - Buddy Christian
If conquering the velocity of this challenging melody presents an issue, our video with guitarist Joe Freund will provide you with techniques for overcoming such a difficulty. Featuring a clear and close-up view of the instrument as well as the sound of both Freund and the original recording, this demonstration of a potential practice routine for the melody illustrates both the process and result of an effective approach to practicing.
February 27, 1923 – July 29, 1997
Born Charles Jagelka, New Yorker Chuck Wayne was a jazz guitarist, composer and arranger noted for distinctive bebop style and legato technique. He became an expert in the banjo, mandolin and balalaika as a child, focusing on swing. He was heavily influenced by classical music in addition to jazz. He became prominent in the early 1940s on NYC's 52nd Street and in Greenwich Village where he made the transition to bebop. Influenced by Oscar Moore and Charlie Christian, and horn players of the day like Coleman Hawkins and Charlie Parker, Chuck made his way into Woody Herman's big band and later worked with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, spreading the bebop revolution with recordings like Groovin' High and Blue 'n' Boogie. Read more...