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Complete Live Performances on Savoy: Sept. 29, 1947-Oct. 25, 1950
Genres: Jazz, Pop
For years, the audio quality of many of the performances gathered on these four CDs prevented a full-on embrace, what with all the other available Charlie Parker out there. But this collection restores these sessions to no... more »
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For years, the audio quality of many of the performances gathered on these four CDs prevented a full-on embrace, what with all the other available Charlie Parker out there. But this collection restores these sessions to notoriety. They're mostly from New York's Royal Roost, 1948 to 1950, but with a 1947 Carnegie Hall supergroup concert and a 1950 Chicago pickup date that boasts some unknowns--and undersung guitarist George Freeman--with Parker. First, the single drawback: emcee and radio host "Symphony Sid" Torin's sometimes obsequious, faux-hipster shtick that bookends several of the tunes. Rest assured, though, Torin makes only brief intros and outros. Beyond that, these are all stellar works. The quintet on three of the CDs (the Royal Roost sessions) features Parker with Miles Davis on much of CD 1, highlighting the clipped fire of bebop's architecture being tunneled under by Davis's mellow-tone brass. Even when Kenny Dorham takes over on trumpet, the alchemy is built on contrast, Parker's raspy, fast wit and Dorham's wry (but often likemindedly fast) ripostes. Pianists Tadd Dameron and Al Haig make great showings, as does Max Roach, pushing the energy with a loose attack that defies the fact that the majority of these performances were for radio. The more-famed quintet fronted by Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and pianist John Lewis (famed cofounder of the Modern Jazz Quartet) closes the collection with five tunes from a 1947 Carnegie Hall concert. Parker seems more restrained, Gillespie gleeful, and Lewis characteristically spare. But the playing is first-rate, whether at light-speed (as on "Dizzy Atmosphere") or at the loping clip of "Groovin' High." --Andrew Bartlett
J. Freijser | 2355 BG HOOGMADE, Z-Holland Netherlands | 03/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anyone who wants to hear Charlie Parker, please start here, with these Savoy recordings. There is a unique coherence and consistency of place and time - bringing the performer-audience electricity of 50 years ago straight into your living room. You experience CP's invention of that music all over again. This is Bird, pure, straight, no chaser, not shaken, not stirred.
Over the last 30 years I have spent many hours listening to Charlie Parker, and his tunes are etched in my mind like musical sculptures, but these recordings have a lot to add to what I had already learnt. This is the best Bird I have heard.
I also have the highest regard for the beautifully informative and intelligent comments by Orrin Keepnews, Paul Bacon, and Loren Schoenberg."
The worst production by Orrin Keepnews.
Slaninka Frantisek | Bratislava Slovakia | 08/31/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is the worst production by great producer Orrin Keepnews. Music on this 4-cd is great(5 stars). Parker in his peak period and many great musicians (Davis, Dorham, Roach, Milt Jackson) play great too. There are great performances like Ornithology, Confirmation, Salt penauts (with Parker's vocal), Chasin' the bird and many others.
But: Title of this box names COMPLETE live performances on Savoy and this is problem. Royal Roost performances on this box are everything but no complete. There are missing most announcement by Symphony Sid Torin, his talking with Parker, and mainly Parker and his band playing with Symphony Sid voiceover on many stuffs.
There are missing: 52nd street theme, Jumping with Symphony Sid, Jingle bells in many versions. This titles draw club's atmosphere in this era and performances are incomplete without them.
I get off this fake and will buy true Columbia/Nippon Royal Roost complet with similar sound quality I guess.
4th disc contains Carnegie Hall concert but better way is to buy Diz'n Bird at Carnegie Hall. It includes Gillespie with his orchestra performances also.
If you are true fan of Parker dont' buy this 4cd box. It's patch-work."
Great Live Music
David E. | Holon | 08/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Next to the studio Dial and Savoy, this set completes the Parker Bebop jazz trinity. These live sessions, are pristine in compare with the Mosaic live set (that is important but only for those who have it all). If you play some instrument, you could learn from these live recordings and even develop your own individual style. I have been there. First, I just listened. Than, I started playing some of his tunes-compositions. I am still in the process of learning. You probably need a lifetime to study Parker's music in depth. On the other hand, you could just sit back and enjoy some fast, bluesy, sophisticated and lively playing: The watermark of a real musical genius."