Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt: For Musicians Only (1956) 1989

For  Musicians Only

Track list:

01. Bebop
02. Dark Eyes
03. Wee (Allen’s Alley)
04. Lover Come Back To Me
+bonus track (*not on original LP)
05. Dark Eyes (alt tk) [*]


Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet
Sonny Stitt – alt sax
Stan Getz – tenor sax
John Lewis – piano
Herb Ellis – guitar
Ray Brown – bass
Stan Levey – drums

Recorded: Los Angeles; October 16, 1956
Released: 1957
Label: Verve
MG V-8198

837 435-2 [1989, CD, re-issue, re-mastered]

Producer: Norman Granz
Recording Engineer:

Liner Notes:
Original Art Direction: Sheldon Marks

Re-mastered by: Tom “Curly” Ruff
Re-issue Producer Richard Seidel, Seth Rothstein

Liner Notes: Phil Schaap
Design for CD: Tom & Ellie Hughes


For Musicians Only is a 1958 jazz album by Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and Sonny Stitt incorporating bebop influences.

Recorded in Los Angeles, California on October 16, 1956, it has been described as the “real thing, no pretense”.

Drummer Stan Levey’s son, Bob, described the recording session as told by his father:

The story behind this from my Dad’s (Stan Levey) point of view is that everything was done in one take no 2nd takes no over dubbing. He had spent the whole day recording for TV, Mission Impossible Mannix etc. So he thought a date with Stan Getz this should be pretty laid back. Well nothing could be further from the truth he said “The count offs were breath taking but once they got thru BeBop everything settled down” his favorite was Wee Allen’s Alley. It was virtually a live real Bebop session, nothing worked out, just play by the seat of your pants or get off the bandstand. Like it or not that was the way it was with Bird and those cats, the real thing no pretense.

The album is known for the front line’s winding, intricate solos.

This has led to praise for the back line, particularly bassist Ray Brown, for keeping some semblance of the original tune going behind the solos.