The dozen selections included on this rather brief (35-minute) CD have been reissued many times and in more complete form elsewhere. Originally cut for Musicraft and reissued since then by Fantasy and Discovery, the set consists of seven small-group and five big band performances headed by the great trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. "Blue 'N' Boogie" matches Dizzy with tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, Gillespie joins forces with Charlie Parker on four tunes ("Hot House," "Groovin' High," "Dizzy Atmosphere" and "Things to Come") and teams up with Sonny Stitt on two others ("That's Earl's Brother" and "Oop Bop Sh' Bam"). The five orchestra numbers are highlighted by "Ray's Idea" and "Our Delight." The music is innovative and timeless, but can be acquired in a more complete and coherent format elsewhere.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow