Groovin' High

April 7, 2010 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 7, 2010
  • Release Date: April 7, 2010
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 SLG, LLC
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  • Total Length: 37:26
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  • ASIN: B003ITSALQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,820 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This is a solid Jazz album and well worth considering.
Spider Monkey
I have that CD and the sound is as good as these excellent SAVOY issued CDs.
S. Sullender
It's 1955 and Dizzy Gillespie's big band are at their absolute peak!
Andre S. Grindle

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andreas C G on February 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Sullender on October 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the other reviews here, this is an album of great BEBOP music, but you should also check out the CD issue Shaw Nuff, which includes all these songs, as well as a few others. I have that CD and the sound is as good as these excellent SAVOY issued CDs. And if you like this music, be sure to get Verve's reissue of Bird & Diz that has the famous re-recordings of Diz with Charlie (the bird) Parker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 6, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey on January 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD
`Groovin' High' is a pretty good place to go if you want to try Dizzy's music for the first time. For some reason this version has more songs on it than other CD's of the same name and makes for a great selection of tracks. There is a small essay inside as well which puts the music into greater context. If you're new to Jazz then some of this will take some listening to, but once you get a feel for it every nuance and tone comes shining though. Dizzy is a recognised master of his art and the music on offer here goes some way to showing you why that was. In addition you also hear the musicianship of Milt Jackson (one of the first Jazz performers I ever heard) and Charlie Parker who is also revered in Jazz circles. This is a solid Jazz album and well worth considering.

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Now that Dizzy Gillespie had become the world class jazz celebrity after making
his solo recording debut in 1945 with two debut sessions, he again topped the jazz
charts with this stunning upbeat big band album in 1947 that would define his trend
setting trumpet artistry and bandleading skills, abeited by his own sense of humour.
Recorded between 1945 and 1946, Groovin’ High is his dynamic and supercharged
labour of love that is heralded by Gillespie’s successful attempt to orchestra Bebop
in the mid to late-1940’s that result in one of the most towering albums or recorded
sessions to be made during the Bebop Revolution as he and the orchestra handles
the recordings in expert timing. Beginning with the opening track Blues ‘N’ Boogie,
the exhilarating track set concludes with utmost force on other original classics, like
Dizzy’s Atmosphere, Salt Peanuts, Hot House, That’s Earl Brother, the stylish scat-
along classic Oop-Bop-Sh’Bam, One Bass Hit- Part Two, the fast-paced Things To
Come and Ray’s Idea. So what made Groovin’ High a charismatic and superlative
Big band masterpiece is how Dizzy swings the big band ensemble with exhilarating
flair as he contributes the rock-style large ensemble arranging done by its arranger
Gil Fuller which is showcased with high-swinging virtuosity, fun, dazzling tones and
sheer provocation. With an ensemble line-up featuring saxophone masters Charlie
Parker, Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon and James Moody, Milt Jackson on vibraphone,
and drummers Kenny Clarke and Shelly Manne (Fuller provides the vocals), here is
a landmark testament that will always maintain it’s true high momentum.
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