One of the most memorable live recordings in jazz history, featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus and Max Roach. The fantastic reissue contains all tracks recorded at the concert (fourteen), and has no bass over-dubbing which was added by Charles Mingus on the original issue.
This is a compilation of some of Bird's very best work, for Dial Records, from 2/46 - 12/47. Content-wise, it is very close to "The Complete Dial Sessions 1946-47", but minus all the outtakes (and at about half the price). If you just want to listen to the music rather than analyze and compare, buy this one. Much of Bird's work has been recompiled and reissued. This release, and "Complete", mentioned above, are probably the best selections from the Dial material. ~ Amazon
That is, really, the "complete jam sessions" plays by Parker and Baker. The CD contains the jam session with the Babasin All Stars, in the Trade Winds Club, Inglewood, California: it is: "Indiana", "Liza", "They didn't Belive Me" and "The Squirrel", with, Sony Criss (a.s.), Russ Freman ( on # 1) or Al Haig (p), Harry Babasin (b) and Laurence Marable (d). Well, all known. But this recording (or C.D.) includes three themes MORE (with the "breaks"). The themes are: "Ornithology" (2:52); "Barbados" (3:49) and "Cool Blues" (5:36). The recording was in live in the University of Oregon the day, november 5, 1953. Here the group is formed by Baker, Parker, Jimmy Rowles, Carson Smith and Shelly Manne. I don't know (and don't found) these themes in other recordings of Baker or Parker. In Spain this C.D. is edited by "disconforme sl", or "definitive" for other countries.The price in Spain of this CD is, more or less, 6 euros. Naturaly, the "last"( 3 themes more) circumstance does this CD,ESSENTIAL in the discography of Paker or Baker. ~ Amazon
If you are interested in exploring Bird but are put off by the innumerable collections and packages, this might be the one for you. Most of the recordings are good quality or better, you get a flavor of CP's playing across forms that might surprise you, and the album has several gems that you'll want to listen to repeatedly. Culling a career, even a short one, into one meaningful disk is a thankless task but I feel Keepnews, who made this selection from his larger boxed set, has done a great job. If you start here, you may not stop, it's that good and it will let you appreciate why so many people keep pointing back to this player as a true musical giant. ~ Amazon
For over two decades, the Hi-Hat Club occupied a choice location among the jazz clubs of Boston’s South End district, at the corner of Columbus and Massachusetts Avenue. After the end of World War II, lesser luminaries took over the band-stand, and after a while entertainment practically stopped altogether. Dave Coleman, a jazz promoter, had taken over management of the club in 1949. Through Coleman’s personal initiative, the Hi-Hat enjoyed its most successful years, and by 1951 it was the only club featuring a consistent policy of presenting modern jazz.
This second installment in the Classics Charlie Parker chronology contains quite a number of Bird's best-loved and most respected recordings. The first 12 tracks, recorded in New York for the Dial label in October and November of 1947, are all masterpieces of modern music, with the ballads, especially "Embraceable You," constituting some of Parker's very best recorded work. This is the classic 1947 quintet with Miles Davis, Duke Jordan, Tommy Potter, and Max Roach. Even if his personal life was characteristically chaotic, 1947 was a good year for Charlie Parker's music. It was in November 1947 that this band hit the road to play the El Sino Club on St. Antoine Boulevard in Detroit. Unfortunately, Bird got really snockered and couldn't perform, so the El Sino management canceled the gig. Bird ultimately destroyed his saxophone by throwing it out of a hotel window onto the street below. (A tragic and disturbing image!) Back in New York, the band – now a sextet with the addition of trombonist J.J. Johnson – made six more sides for Dial on December 17, 1947.