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Bird and Diz Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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This date from June 6, 1950, was an unusual one for Charlie Parker. He chose to play with fellow bop creators Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, in a striking reunion with the trumpeter and the only occasion on which Parker recorded with the pianist. Though the three may have felt encumbered by the presence of swing drummer Buddy Rich, they're in brilliant form, with Parker and Gillespie spurring one another to heights that range from the warm to the electric. Bird's ideas flow with characteristic ease and swing while Gillespie sparks and flares. It's unlikely that anyone else but Gillespie could match Parker on the dazzling interplay of "Leap Frog," a performance supplemented by several alternate takes. Monk's characteristically skewed solos are a rare delight in what is otherwise an orthodox bop setting. The tunes are all Parker's except for "My Melancholy Baby," which inspires witty play. --Stuart Broomer

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 29, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0000047D3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The retail price for this single-disc album will no doubt seem steep to some consumers, especially since the entire program clocks in at under 45 minutes. But it's a well-produced, artfully packaged (though the "retro-cardboard" fold-over case raises questions about durability), and unique session by three of jazz' most blessed improvisors at the pinnacle of their powers.

Originally a 1950 recording released on a 10" LP in 1952, the session was apparently conceived by Norman Granz as an opportunity to win for Bird a larger audience by showcasing him in the company of jazz stars playing "pretty tunes written by good songwriters" (in several years Sonny Stitt would be laying down 5-6 tracks per side of exquisitely played standard tunes for Roost Records). But with the exception of "Melancholy Baby" these are exactly the same kinds of bebop head charts based on blues and "Rhythm" chord changes that Bird had recorded at Dial and Savoy. What distinguishes the album--apart from the singularly aggressive and competitive playing of Parker and Gillespie in their last studio session--is the presence of Monk (playing Bud Powell-like lines on uncharacteristically up-tempo tunes but still unmistakably Monk) and Buddy Rich.

In his generous, well-documented liner notes, James Patrick laments the neglect this session has received from previous critics and historians. Then he observes that though Parker, Gillespie, Monk, and (even) bassist Curley Russell "play beautifully," Buddy Rich is "intrusive" and should have been replaced by a Max Roach, Roy Haynes, or Kenny Clarke. Fine, then we have another recording indistinguishable from the earlier Dials and Savoys!

Rich may be less flowing and propulsive than the aforementioned bebop drummers, but he's definitely not intrusive.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By BuzzAdvert on January 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have nothing to add to the below reviews--except for one significant thing they forgot to clarify. You buy this disc for the first six tracks. Those six add up to only 19 minutes of music. I consider that to be more like an EP, which a buyer should be-aware of. Do like me and buy it used.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Though the title credits Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, bop pioneer Thelonious Monk is also on this date, bringing three bop masters together. Add drummer Budy Rich who, though out of his natural element, plays exceedingly well, and you have a cooking set of bop tunes. The only problem I have with this CD reissue is the extensive number of false starts tacked on to the end of the disc. Though jazz hounds might find this fascinating, they take away from the magical music that preceeded them. My advice is to stop your disc player after track 13, or better still, seek out the original CD which contained only the first 13 tracks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Fischer on July 12, 1998
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For the age of the recording, the sound quality is extremely good (as you can listen to here). The CD runs about 45 minutes, but only the first six songs are the complete studio recording as it was meant to be heard. On song seven (as you can see), you begin to hear different variations of the first six songs. Songs seven through thirteen are complete, and then the remainder are just second-long blips -- false starts, some conversation (which can be interesting), and various beginnings that they experimented with. The longest of these is about 50 seconds, and many are only 12 to 14 seconds -- the majority of the CD is, of course, the first 13 complete songs. So, the CD has a very complete feeling from the start, yes, but be aware how it trails off. You buy the CD for the first six songs and the next variations on those songs, though. You won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexander C. Zorach on January 12, 2009
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This is hardly a typical recording, but I have to say that this is my favorite jazz album ever recorded. It's the only recording to have Thelonious Monk playing together with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, which in itself is pretty amazing. Although their styles are so distinct, they do play quite well together. Hearing them playing together is almost surreal.

It's hard for me to describe how and why I like this album. I think the main reason that I like it is that it's so strange and so normal at the same time. The tunes exemplify this...two catchy blues (Bloomdido and Mohawk), a laid-back song to the same chord changes as "Stompin at the Savoy" (Relaxin' with Lee), a slowish and rather bizarre rhythm-changes tune (An Oscar for Treadwell), leap frog which is just ridiculously fast, and rather cheerful...and then...my melancholy baby.

And of course...bizarre stuff happens to the harmonies and rhythms when you put these musicians together. One moment it sounds so old-fashioned, the next moment totally modern. I love it all the way!

You get two takes of each most songs, four of leap frog, and some outtakes for kicks.

This is not the CD to buy as your "introduction to jazz" or for someone whose tastes you are uncertain of. But if you *really love* jazz, this is a MUST-BUY.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "wednightprayermeeting" on September 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
From the first cut this album truly soars. Together, Parker and Gillespie complement each other stylistically, as well as with unique phrasing. Diz was really the only trumpeter that could be as inventive as, or keep up and feed off of Parker's lines.
"Bloombido" is a classic. "Mohawk" and "Oscar For Treadwell" are my two favs. All of the tunes have a certain energy, not often captured, even the legendary earlier albums by Parker and Gillespie.
Superior remaster job. The sound quality is unmatched for the time period.
Masterful.
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