Jon Irabagon's Outright: Groovin' High


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Jon Irabagon's Outright!


Jon Irabagon's Outright! (Innova 699)

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Jon Irabagon (alto sax),

Russ Johnson (trumpet), Kris Davis (piano, organ), Eivind Ospvik (bass), Jeff Davis (drums)


Composed by John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie


Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, March 2, 2007


Rating: 78/100 (learn more)

In this remake of Dizzy Gillespie's 1945 classic, Jon Irabagon's group goes where few men travel. They play the bebop standard's intro at breakneck speed and with great facility while lending a sense of free form to the body of the piece. This is not for those looking to follow comfortably along with the familiar melody. Irabagon changes time signature throughout and at times verges on crescendos that go off in a direction barely tied to the original theme. Make no mistake, these are talented musicians looking at things in their own way. This may not be for everyone, and I myself find it challenging at times, which is why I chose the only song on the album that I could have some reference to. As with anything different, it tests the conventions of present-day acceptability. But Jon Irabagon's Outright musical forays are at times interestingly exploratory and should not be dismissed out of hand.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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