Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945 CD
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Unlike the Monk/Coltrane find, the quality of this recording is uneven, but the quality of the music is simply superb! The brilliance of young jazz greats Parker's and Gillespie's music shines through. At a time when jazz meant big band sound to most folks, Dizzy and Bird were discovering bebop, and coming out with classics like "A Night in Tunisia" and "Salt Peanuts" for the first time. The quintet's rhythm section, with great bop bassist Curley Russell, percussionist Max Roach and pianist Al Haig, is outstanding! Billed as Gillespie's Quintet, and playing mostly Dizzy's tunes, underrated tenor sax player Don Byas stands in for Bird until the tardy Parker shows for his gig. Big Sid Catlett makes a brief appearance for his solo on "Hothouse." And, as a campy side event, there is commentary by "Symphony" Sid Torin, a famous New York City disc jockey who covered the jazz scene, and introduces, announces and occasionally banters with the musicians and audience.
Dizzy often said, when speaking of his musical collaboration with Parker, that Bird was "the other half of my heartbeat.Read more ›
In this version of events, jazz music was totally turned on its head, and the New Testament era of jazz began. When Ko Ko came out in November of 1945, the technical brilliance of the new form of jazz blew everyone away, and the music was changed forever.
But in 2005, this version of events was slightly altered. Finding a complete, live performance of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespi, a full five months before the Ko Ko session, is an astonishing coup. The source of the recording is still rather hazy, with some indications that the anonymous person hoarding them may yet have more to release in years to come. At any rate, this is an astonishing discovery, perhaps even slightly more astonishing than the Monk-Coltrane discovery in the same year.
Dont forget, this is BEFORE the widespread use of tape to record sound (tape was invented in Nazi Germany, and is largely a postwar thing). Also, discs only lasted three minutes a side back in 1945. So you have to imagine some engineers lurking in the Town Hall, with a battery of recording lathes and a pile of fragile lacquer discs, furiously changing discs every three minutes. And yes, they got every note of the concert. Incredibly, the discs were not separated from each other, nor did any of them break over the years! There must have been about twelve or thirteen sides altogether.Read more ›
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There are some problems with this recording, but it is still undoubtedly deserving of 5 stars. This, in fact, may be peak bebop. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Blake S. Cohen
Very, very authentic. Good time capsule recording. I enjoy listening to it.Published 18 months ago by Trickdog60
This show is from 1948 when Bebop was not brand new, but still hadn't reached the huge mass audience it would in the 1950s. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by Peka M
A wonderful nugget of a live recording of two legends.Also good to hear Symphony Sid doing the intros.Sound quality is reasonable.Published on August 30, 2013 by tony smith
Some call this a classic. It is interesting in that Parker doesn't show up for the first song. It is a very short CD, worth it if you can find it used (which I did), but I would... Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Cosmos Topper
WOW! What a miracle to find this amazing concert, from the absolute dawn of modern jazz. Sound quality is fantastic for a 60 year old bootleg--what else must be buried in some dank... Read morePublished on November 16, 2011 by Mark Schlesinger