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Bebop and Bird, Vol. 1
Charlie Parker
Bebop and Bird, Vol. 1
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Much of this CD comes from a 1950 radio broadcast from Birdland on which Charlie Parker is joined by trumpeter Fats Navarro and pianist Bud Powell, two bop musicians almost as brilliant and certainly as tormented as Parker...  more »

      
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All Artists: Charlie Parker
Title: Bebop and Bird, Vol. 1
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 10/4/1988
Re-Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Swing Jazz, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 081227019723, 081227019747

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Much of this CD comes from a 1950 radio broadcast from Birdland on which Charlie Parker is joined by trumpeter Fats Navarro and pianist Bud Powell, two bop musicians almost as brilliant and certainly as tormented as Parker himself. Together they prod Bird to the limits, especially on a nine-minute version of "Street Beat." It's a rare glimpse of bop at its absolute creative peak, as tense, anarchic, and explosive as jazz could ever be. The CD also includes a few of the Dial studio recordings, with excellent support from a young Miles Davis and trombonist J.J. Johnson. --Stuart Broomer

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CD Reviews

Great Music, Terrible Sound
Mark A. Horowitz | Seattle, WA United States | 07/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Bird live (at least as documented on record) is, if anything, more amazing than Bird in the studio. Half of this CD was recorded from a live radio broadcast of Parker's band with Bud Powell and Fats Navarro (the latter a few of weeks from dying of TB and still superb). Music is predictably amazing, but since the recording source is probably a wire recorder set up next to a radio the quality is pretty bad (though far from the worst I've heard). So I'd still point a newcomer to any of the versions of the Dial recordings or to the Definitive Classics import The Complete Savoy Sessions (Savoy Jazz' reissue series has been a total mess). But bebop lovers with patience for Dean Benedetti-level recording quality will be in seventh heaven."