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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.

Customer Reviews

Some of the greatest from Bird & Diz

These pieces from 1945-1948 exhibit the two creators of bebop at the height of their creativity. I heard the records when they were first released. But, my, how much better they sound today! -- after a modern cleanup of the old shellac-disk sound and being played on good equipment. In sum, a good collection of early bebop gems, technically improved from the originals.

The album review's wrong.

That's pretty much it. Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker created some of the most important jazz of all time, and here's some of the best of it. Honestly, if you have ten dollars on hand, buy the album.

Dizzy

Dizzy is amazing and will always for forever will be a musical genius

Biography

Born: October 21, 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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