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."