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Groovin' High

Dizzy Gillespie

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Album Review

This 1992 CD reissue from Japanese Denon is certainly filled with classic music, but this is a so-so, lightweight reissue (a reproduction of a '50s LP but obviously in a smaller size), because there are only 13 selections (an LP's worth of material), the liner notes are dated and breezy, and the complete sessions are not included The great trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie plays "Blue 'N' Boogie" with a sextet in 1945 including Dexter Gordon; he teams up with Charlie Parker for five early bop gems ("Groovin' High," "Dizzy Atmosphere," "All the Things You Are," "Salt Peanuts" and "Hot House"); he plays two numbers with Sonny Stitt in a combo; and he also performs five songs (including "Things to Come") with his 1946 big band. One way or another, get this important music, but only pick up this particular CD if found at a budget price.

Biography

Born: 21 October 1917 in Cheraw, SC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time (some would say the best), Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ended up copying Miles Davis and Fats Navarro instead, and it was not until Jon Faddis' emergence in the 1970s that Dizzy's style was successfully recreated. Somehow, Gillespie could make any "wrong" note fit, and harmonically he was ahead of everyone in the 1940s, including Charlie Parker. Unlike Bird, Dizzy was...
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