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Groovin' High
Dizzy Gillespie
Groovin' High
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Groovin' High by Dizzy Gillespie


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All Artists: Dizzy Gillespie
Title: Groovin' High
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Legacy International
Original Release Date: 1/1/1945
Re-Release Date: 11/11/2009
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Groovin High
UPC: 780674101820


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Groovin' High by Dizzy Gillespie

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Essential big band bebop
Andreas C G | Huntington Beach, CA United States | 02/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In the mid-late 40's Dizzy put together a big band to play the new music which he, Charlie Parker, and others had pioneered a few years earlier. This album is less than 40 minutes long, and the sound quality is typical of recordings from that period, but each tune is a winner and the band puts in really tight performances, sometimes at breakneck tempos. Classics like "Salt Peanuts" mix Dizzy's goofy humor with virtuosic performances.

This CD may be short on quantity, but not on quality! Highly recommended."
Everybody:This is DIZZY!!!
Andre S. Grindle | Brewer Maine | 01/06/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's 1955 and Dizzy Gillespie's big band are at their absolute peak! Listening to this record makes me wonder why there ever became such a thing as jazz snobbery. This music doesn't sound like the domain for snobs. In fact it showcases jazz in a crucial and innovative place. Here we are in this place where swing and be-bop have long ago cross polinated eachother (one needed to have the other anyway:we all know in what way",you've got Dizzy whose at once both a great intellectual musician as well as being able to make it move. And here you have him playing with these...well nowadays you'd have to call them all stars such as Dexter Gordon,Milt Jackson,Charlie Parker,Cozy Cole,Sonny Stitt,Kenny Clarke...the list goes on like that and BIM BAM BOOM you've got big band be-bop! At this point Dizzy was demonstrating not merely the ability and virtuosity of the players in his circle but also that,as he indicated that be-bop had within it the same catchiness and dancibility as swing;that is wasn't "that far out" to paraphrase what was said of him in Jazz : A Film By Ken Burns. Either way you look at it this song is filled with his standards,making it something of a greatest hits album in it's own right. The title song,"Dizzy Atmosphere","Salt Peanuts",'Hot House","Oop Bop Sh' Bam",One Bass Hit"-they're all here and in the versions everyone first heard them in with the original personel.Yeah it's a collection of singles as almost every long player in any genre of the mid 1950's was but it really does sound like one hugely inspired session when it all boils down to it. The horn section does get really involved on "Things To Come";there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen in that area in this song but,it's also alive and therefore so lively it doesn't sound intimating at all in the end. In way way the heavy dissonence created in this song mildy anticipates the free jazz movement a several years following this. The great part of this album is not only it's great playing and liveliness but how different subgenres of jazz slide from one to the other during this time. A key point in musical history and something to get you up out of your seat while your marvelling."