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Bird On 52Nd Street Live

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Original Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B000000Y6R
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,786 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first thing you need to know about this album, and "Bird at St. Nick's" is they are basically collections of Charlie Parker solos. The fellow who was taping the show, trombonist Jimmy Knepper, was recording in a bootleg fashion, and he turns off the machine after Parker is done playing. This is a problem if you are interested, as I was, in hearing a very young (22)Miles Davis solo or a complete song for that matter. This leaves the listener straining to hear the distant sounds of Miles' trumpet or Tommy Potter's bass. Duke Jordan's piano is nearly inaudible as the mic was almost certainly set up right next to Parker so his transcendant alto and Max Roaches drums drown out most of what does leak through. As a result of the source material the sound quality is marginal at best. So what is one left with? Well, fortunately for the dedicated listener, that is Parker. As the sound crackles fades and swells Bird soars. The folks who remastered the collection of "tracks" did a fine job cleaning up the sound considering its' source, as well as patching together the fragments so that one hardly notices there is anything missing. Fans of Parker should add two stars to the rating because he is in top form problems and all, this was prime time for Parker and nearly everything on record is vital for his diehard fans. Novices should seek out one of the myriad of other collections before coming to this cd.
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As other reviewers note, the sound quality of these live recordings are pretty poor, and -- as great as Charlier Parker is on many of these solos -- it's really a chore to sit through them. For the beginning Bird fan, I would start with one of the excellent collections of his Savoy and Dial recordings, move onto his Verve recordings, and then sample some of his better "live" recordings, which are:

- The Town Hall concert with Dizzy Gillsepie
- The Massey Hall recordings, again with Dizzy
- The Complete Savoy Live recordings

"Bird on 52nd Street" should be on your shopping list only if you've tapped out all the other sources of both studio and live Charlier Parker.

Of course, it's Bird, so even horribly recorded, it merits a few stars. But don't torture yourself with this.
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Five stars for the level of creativity exhibited by Charlie Parker. What a contrast to the packaged formulations we are presented with nowadays.
Also electric is the drumming of Max Roach. He and Bird are the ones to listen to on this presentation.

As others have noted, the sound quality is not what many are used to, but to people interested in music this presents no problem whatsoever.
Distressing however, is that even after 60 years, with digital processing, noise reduction systems and the rest, this company has presented us with a CD that is one half tone flat. That is, the speed is about 4.5% slower than it should be. The result is subtle but noticeable. The same is true of the vinyl reissue by this company.

If you buy this CD, you should play it with a CD player that allows you to increase the speed one half tone so that you will be able to hear Bird with all of his energy intact and at the true pitch with which he played this remarkable music.
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The material here is great-he is, after all, playing with Miles Davis. But, you never get to appreciate the cd fully because the songs seem like they're cut-off in the middle and and the sound quality is a little too staticky to fully appreciate these great Jazz musicians-and Max Roach's drums sound like he's a kid (a musical genius kid) playing on a pile of books with a couple of pencils. But, if you can past the noise and the truncated tunes and appreciate jazz masters recorded live in a vintage show, then buy this cd and imagine that it's 1948 and it's raining-maybe hailing and you'll love it.
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