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Birdland Stars 1956 Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. A Bit of the Blues
  2. Two Pairs of Aces
  3. Introductions
  4. Minorin' the Blues
  5. Phil 'Er Up
  6. Roulette
  7. Last Lap [*]
  8. Hip Boots!
  9. For Kicks Only [*]
  10. Ah, Funky New Baby
  11. Birdland Fantasy
  12. Playboy
  13. Conte's Condolences


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 9, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B00000E6R5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John Palmer on August 17, 2013
Format: Audio CD
A few years earlier, the only better collection of be bop greats was the one time meeting of Charlie "Yardbird" Parker (i.e. the 'Bird of Birdland), Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell (along with Max Roach and Charles Mingus) at Massey Hall. But this was a one time meeting that was more historically than musically important. End of an era and all that.

The Birdland Stars --Kenny Dorham, Conte Candoli, trumpets; Al Cohn, tenor sax; Phil Woods, alto sax; Hank Jones, piano; John Simmons, bass; Kenny Clarke, drums -- had two founding fathers of Be Bop in Dorham and Clarke. And they were a touring band, at least for a while. So they could blow and sound great performing ensemble arrangements.

Phil Woods was just getting started. He was good enough at the time to be saddled with the expectation of being the "next Bird."

The arrangements/turnes are from Ernie Wilkins and Manny Albam. Both of these guys were brand name composers/arrangers working with the likes of Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Buddy Rich.

So, this is more than just any group of stars who played at Birdland. This is a true all-time all star project from the tunes to the players.

From a feel standpoint, the tunes are very much West Coast/Cool. Even though Clarke drops enough of his famous "bombs," the music has substantial swing. For me, Dorham and Candoli stand out. Neither are brassy blowers like Dizzy. Both are much more about lovely tone and lyrical note choice. I hear some foreshadowing of Oliver Nelson's Blues and the Abstract Truth work.

Overall, this music is about the assimilation of be bop into the vocabulary of mainstream jazz from the 40's.
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After touring in 1956 they did studio versions of the tunes they played while on tour. They play it as a full septet, not 2 quintets. The originals, all by either Ernie Wilkins or Manny Albam aren't very memorable though. They had vocalists on the tour to sing all the good standards with other back up musicians or perhaps they sang with the Count Basie Orchestra, which was part of the show too. Originally recorded by RCA Victor records and released as 2 seperate LPs
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This was the first LP I ever purchased, but it was monophonic. I still have the LP and I considered transferring it to iTunes. I am happy that this version was available as it is stereo and has many more tracks than my original LP. Anybody want to buy an LP?
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