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Diz 'N Bird at Carnegie Hall [Live]

Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie ParkerAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. A Night In Tunisia (Live) (1997 Digital Remaster)Charlie Parker 5:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Dizzy Atmosphere (Live) (1997 Digital Remaster)Dizzy Gillespie 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Groovin' High (Live) (1997 Digital Remaster)Dizzy Gillespie 5:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Confirmation (Live) (1997 Digital Remaster)Dizzy Gillespie 5:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ko-Ko (Live) (1997 Digital Remaster)Dizzy Gillespie 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Cool Breeze (Live) (1997 Digital Remaster)Dizzy Gillespie 5:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Relaxin' At Camarillo (Live) (1997 Digital Remaster)Dizzy Gillespie 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. One Bass Hit (Live) (1997 Digital Remaster)Dizzy Gillespie 5:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Nearness (Live) (1997 Digital Remaster)Dizzy Gillespie 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Salt Peanuts (Live) (1997 Digital Remaster)Dizzy Gillespie 5:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Cubano-Be, Cubano-Bop (Live) (1997 Digital Remaster)Dizzy Gillespie 7:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Hot House (Live) (1997 Digital Remaster)Dizzy Gillespie 5:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Toccata For Trumpet (Live) (1997 Digital Remaster)Dizzy Gillespie 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Oop-Pop-A-Da (Live) (1997 Digital Remaster)Dizzy Gillespie 7:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Things To Come (Live) (1997 Digital Remaster)Dizzy Gillespie 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Roost
  • ASIN: B000005H9I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Talk about a historic concert! Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Milt Jackson-all together at Carnegie Hall on September 29, 1947. The songs include favorites like Salt Peanuts and A Night in Tunisia , as well as premieres of John Lewis's Toccata for Trumpet and George Russell's Cubano-Be, Cubano-Bop . 15 tracks in all, brought together on CD for the first time.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Don't let the recent discovery and hype surrounding the 1945 Gillespie-Parker Town Hall concert discourage you from picking up the 1947 Carnegie Hall concert. The audio quality isn't markedly inferior to either the Town Hall or Massey Hall dates, and the playing by Bird and Diz is not only worlds apart from the 1945 encounter but in some instances is superior to the later, Massey Hall performance.

Listen carefully to Bird's four-bar break on "Night in Tunisia," which Martin Williams analyzed in "The Jazz Tradition." Bird alters the meter and tempo ever so slightly, an aerialist who communicates the sense of being suspended in time and space, yet suddenly becoming reanimated just in time for the first beat of the chorus. It's very likely the most melodically-rhythmically complex four bars of improvised music every recorded, deserving a place right alongside Louis Armstrong's famous cadenza at the start of "West End Blues." You won't hear anything near this level of complexity on the Town Hall session, recorded two years earlier, let alone on any non-Parker performance. (Side-by-side comparisons of Bird's break with that of numerous other renowned saxophone players at the same juncture on the same tune inevitably is a disservice to the later "pretenders." Listen, for example, to Lou Donaldson with Clifford Brown on "Art Blakey at Birdland, Vol. 1." Donaldson is one of the underrated greats of the alto saxophone--a redoubtable, oft-tested warrior, who even today grooves with the best. The point is that none of the giants--Cannonball, Woods, Pepper, Stitt--has equaled these four measures of sheer, exhilarating genius.

The remainder of the recording gives ample evidence of the heat and mastery of Bird as well as Diz (their unison ensembles defy credibility even today).
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Jazz CD January 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is an awesome sounding CD for a live concert that was recorded almost fifty years ago (considering the studio technology back in 1947). Besides the fact that the CD sounds good, it also "sounds" good. Charlie Parker is, as always, awesome, and Dizzy is spectacular as well. While these men had their ups and downs between one another, they sure sound great together. Moreover, Bird and Diz also play well off of one another in a live performance, and this performance demonstrates this quite well. For instance, on track 2 "Dizzy Atmosphere" both players ping pong off of one another with great speed and brilliance. Track (#2) is in my opinion, the best on the CD. Overall, the music is moving, fast, heart felt, and wonderful. This is a great CD to add to your Jazz collection.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sensational quintet recordings, but poor sound quality. February 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the few live recordings made of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie from the period when Parker was at his height. The west coast recordings made in California are scrappy, most likely due to the fact that Parker was strung out and could barely lift his horn. On this recording though, Parker is sensational. His tone is bright and uplifting. His phrasing soars and he is continually inventive; his lyricism is clear and concise and never falling back on his well known staple of licks, a tendency which characterised his later live recordings.(ie: Bird at St Nick's) Dizzy is also in fine form. My personal favourite is 'Dizzy Atmosphere'. It is taken at a furious tempo and Parker laps it up. His lines are long, rich and complex and really deserve the title 'sheets of sound' (which was coined by Ira Gitler to describe Coltrane in his pre quartet years.) The recordings have a fine jam session feel and really warm the heart. There are two drawbacks to this album. Firstly, the sound quality of the rhythm section is often so poor it is inaudible. This is particularly evident on 'Ko Ko', where Parker sounds almost as though his is practicing sets of scales unaccompanied. Without the rhythm, this sounds quite boring. Secondly, three quarters of the album is taken up by Gillespie and his big band playing watered down versions of bebop classics. However, the cd is worth purchasing for the Gillespie/Parker sides only. If you are looking for a complete Gillespie/Parker concert which has better sound quality and features more bebop greats, let me direct you to 'The Quintet: Jazz at Massey Hall', recording in the early fifties. Parker, however, due to his deteriorating physical and mental conditions is not quite as good as on this recording.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars only five tracks you say March 7, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Yes this only has five tracks, but come on people it's Bird. These five tracks are golden. The solo on A Night in Tunisia is by far my favorite of all the others I've ever heard. I own the Complete Dean Benedetti recording and that has some solos on this song and this bypasses all of those. If you heard the recording he made with Miles and Lucky Thompson on Dial you are all ready familiar with "the break". On this recording he plays the same break as on the dial recording, but screams at the end of it with a million times the energy. That's just one of the tracks! He plays KoKo and Dizzy Atmosphere at break neck speed. And he sails through Grovin' High. Its one of my favorite live materials ever. Get it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Best Live Jazz Albums July 23, 2006
By Jazzman
Format:Audio CD
I would rate this as one of the top 5 live jazz albums of all time. Bird and Diz are only together for the first five tunes, but don't let that deter you. They really tear it up on every song and Bird's amazing solo on "Confirmation" is probably the highlight. The remainder of the tracks is Dizzy Gillespie with his big band and while those songs aren't as exciting as the ones he does with Charlie Parker, they are still excellent. So if you're a jazz fan and you don't own this, get it. It belongs in every jazz fan's collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good material but poor sound: listening paradise - not
Originally released in 1990, this collection of live-on-stage material features some of Parker's best-known numbers but is marred by generally poor sound quality. Read more
Published 24 months ago by The Guardian
5.0 out of 5 stars My bought
I'm happy with my bought, I'm enjoying a lot my music! The package arrived on time. Thanks a lot? I appreciate your work
Published on September 23, 2012 by Sandra Canella
5.0 out of 5 stars nuff said
after listening to the first five tracks on this cd, there is no doubt why Charlie Parker is the greatest Saxaphone player ever. nuff said.
Published on May 15, 2010 by Ed Munoz
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty is a rare thing
If this four-disc set were still available at its original retail price, it would be a steal, compiling all of the albums Charlie Parker and Strings (Disc Two) and Jam Session... Read more
Published on September 18, 2009 by Matthew Watters
4.0 out of 5 stars Taste of Bird, plenty of Big Band
Before the 1945 Town Hall recordings that surfaced in 2005, this was the earliest of the two Dizzy Gillespie/Charlie Parker live recordings. Read more
Published on September 26, 2008 by Anthony Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Diz 'n Bird dazzle
I purchased this CD to play as part of a Black History unit on musical styles through the ages. This CD fit in perfectly and was enjoyed by my students. Read more
Published on March 25, 2007 by N. Bissell
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Concerts For The Price Of One...But Not Complete
The CD is somewhat misstated to gain notoriety but who cares with great music..The 1st 5 tracks are the reunion of Diz n Bird at Carnegie Hall (1947)and the remainder the big band... Read more
Published on December 23, 2005 by JG
5.0 out of 5 stars This is it!
I think that the quintet tracks on this album, which over the years have been released in a variety of forms and coupled with a variety of other material, are among the greatest... Read more
Published on August 21, 2005 by Jeremy J. Shapiro
3.0 out of 5 stars For diehard fans only
This cd has five tracks of a quintet then ten more of big band music. In the quintet, Parker and Gillespie are in top form, but you can't hear the rhythm section well, especially... Read more
Published on April 13, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent introduction
This is an amazingly excellent CD. The first buy for those who need an introduction to the Bird's music.
Published on January 17, 2004 by bobby peru
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