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Bird on 52nd Street [Live]

Charlie ParkerAudio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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listen  1. 52nd Street Theme (Live) 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Out Of Nowhere (Live) 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. This Time The Dream's On Me (Live) 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. The Way You Look Tonight 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Out Of Nowhere (Live) 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen12. This Time The Dream's On Me (Live) 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen14. How High The Moon 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (October 21, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000Y6R
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,411 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware! August 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound so bad you'll beg for mercy September 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Impressive despite sound quality. December 2, 2003
By R Jess
Format:Audio CD
Although not a good sound quality recording, 'Bird at 52nd Street does have great historical value giving us some sense of the musical revolutionary times after the war that Parker not only inhabited but helped create.
The record opens with the familiar riff of '52nd Street Theme' and unfortunately the poor sound quality means heavy bass hiss throughout. This is followed by the bebop drumming on 'Shaw Nuff' with added hiss quality making the cymbals crash like a Wagner opera. 'Hot House' sounds like a wonderful synthesis of jazz and bebop. Parker's version of 'A Night In Tunisia' swaggers along nonchalantly, giving us the impression that his performance may have been heroin induced. Parker was such an intricate player that when he was blazae about his performance the contrast could be striking.
As in 'My Old Flame' where Parker sounds flustered over a plodding blues riff. The most impressive track on the record is 'The Way You Look Tonight' which really drives hard, showing an inventive intensity missing from much of the performance here.
As for the rest of the album, the compilers seem to have made a concerted effort to make the 2nd half sound superior to the 1st. The 2nd version of 'Out Of Nowhere' and the third version of '52nd Street Theme' remain the superior ones here. 'How High The Moon' has the most inventive bass playing, while the improvisation on 'Dizzy Atmosphere' is sprite yet formidable. 'This Time The Dream's On Me' doesn't seem to work in either version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bird - but the producers need better ears. March 10, 2012
Format:Audio CD
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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