Groovin' High [Naxos]

Groovin' High [Naxos]

by Dizzy Gillespie



Now this Naxos historical jazz collection fulfills a crying need, succinctly summing up a critical slice of time where bebop is concerned. It covers the classic bop years from birth to fruition as heard through one of its inventors, raiding the archives of tiny defunct labels like Manor and Guild that sowed the seeds, as well as mega-giant RCA Victor, which continues to reap the harvest. Gillespie can first be heard in a hot solo with the Lucky Millinder big band on "Little John Special" (1942) that perfectly bridges the transition between swing and bop. Next is an early try at "A Night in Tunisia" (also known as "Interlude") with the Boyd Raeburn big band. Four sides for Manor under the name Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, with a rather eclectic front line (Gillespie, trombonist Trummy Young, Don Byas on tenor sax) culminate with the zany, defining "Salt Peanuts." After "Cherokee," fronted by clarinetist Joe Marsala with a swing rhythm section, comes three classic Guild sides -- "Groovin' High," "Blue 'N Boogie," and "Shaw 'Nuff" -- with bebop co-conspirator Charlie Parker blowing on the first and third and Dexter Gordon on the second. The Gillespie big band comes into view with "Emanon" for Musicraft, followed by a quartet of RCA Victor sides featuring Gillespie's introduction of Afro-Cuban rhythms in "Lover, Come Back to Me" and "Guarachi Guaro" and part of a failed attempt to commercialize bebop in "In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee." Unlike most Naxos Jazz Legends packages, this one is organized roughly in chronological order, digressing only at the end with a backwards look at a couple of 1946 sessions for Dial ("'Round Midnight") and Musicraft ("Things to Come"). With original pressings as sources, Naxos' sound is serviceable and undistorted if somewhat veiled; RCA Victor's own transfers on The Complete RCA Victor Recordings have more immediacy, but also unwanted distortion (both labels use CEDAR processing with entirely different results).

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/2002
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0636943258224
catalogNumber: 8120582

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Bill Doggett   Piano
Joe Carroll   Vocals
Serge Chaloff   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Dexter Gordon   Tenor Saxophone
Haig   Bass
Ernie Henry   Alto Saxophone
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Shelly Manne   Drums
Lucky Millinder   Track Performer
James Moody   Tenor Saxophone
Cecil Payne   Bass Saxophone
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Tab Smith   Alto Saxophone
Slam Stewart   Bass
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Bothwell   Alto Saxophone
Dave Burns   Trumpet
Ike Carpenter   Piano
Cozy Cole   Drums
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Bill DeArango   Guitar
Howard Johnson   Saxophone
Joe Marsala   Track Performer
Hal McKusick   Alto Saxophone
Boyd Raeburn   Bass Saxophone
Chuck Wayne   Guitar
Trummy Young   Trombone
McKibbon   Bass
Yusef Lateef   Tenor Saxophone
Tempo Jazzmen   Track Performer
Ray Abrams   Saxophone
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Allison   Trumpet
Taswell Baird   Trombone
Joe Britton   Trombone
Ray Brown   Bass
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone
Scoops Carey   Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Talib Dawud   Trumpet
Andy Duryea   Trombone
Nick Fenton   Bass
Stan Fishelson   Trumpet
Panama Francis   Drums
Bill Frazier   Saxophone
Joe Gayles   Tenor Saxophone
Charles "Majeed" Greenlee   Trombone
Kenny "Pancho" Hagood   Vocals
Benny Harris   Trumpet
Joe Harris   Conga,Drums
Clyde Hart   Piano
J.C. Heard   Drums
Steve Jordan   Guitar
John Lynch   Trumpet
James Mtume   Piano,Celeste
Sabu Martinez   Conga,Vocals
Alton Moore   Trombone
George Nicholas   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Paparelli   Piano
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone
Ernest Purce   Baritone Saxophone
Curly Russell   Piano
William Scott   Trumpet
William Shepherd   Trombone
Stafford Simon   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Stewart   Drums
Ollie Wilson   Trombone
Elmon Wright   Trumpet
George Stevenson   Trombone
Raymond Orr   Trumpet
Remo Palmieri   Guitar
Murray Shipinski   Bass
Trevor Bacon   Guitar
Matthew McKay   Trumpet
Warren Lucky   Saxophone
Gordon Thomas   Trombone
Nelson Bryant   Trumpet
Leon Cormenge   Trombone
Alfred M. Gibson   Bass Saxophone
Jack Carmen   Trombone
Walter Robertson   Trombone
Dave Young Orchestra   Tenor Saxophone
Irving Lang   Bass
Billy Bowen   Alto Saxophone
John Brown   Saxophone
John Richard Lewis   Piano
Buddy Christian's Creole Five   Drums
Cliff Jackson & His Crazy Cats   Piano

Technical Credits

Gil Fuller   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Lucky Millinder   Composer
Mary Lou Williams   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
Ray Brown   Composer
Kenny Clarke   Composer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
David Lennick   Producer
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes
Raymond Leveen   Composer
Milton Shaw   Composer
Milt Orent   Composer
Floyd Wilson   Composer

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