Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie

Bird And Diz

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Birds Nest

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This set contains the complete original LP Bird and Diz (Verve MGV-8006), consisting of a quintet session which marked Parker and Gillespie’s last studio date ever (although they would later be recorded together live on numerous occasions, including the celebrated 1953 Massey Hall concert). This session was also Parker’s only studio encounter with the great Thelonious Monk. Two further quintet sessions recorded by Bird for Verve during the same period, one of them featuring Miles Davis on trumpet, have been added as a bonus. Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie / Bird And Diz

AllMusic: “This collection of 78 rpm singles, all recorded on June 6, 1950, was originally issued in album format in 1956. Several things distinguish this from numerous other quintet recordings featuring these two bebop pioneers. It was recorded during the period that Parker was working under the aegis of producer Norman Granz, whose preference for large and unusual ensembles was notorious. The end result in this case is a date that sounds very much like those that Parker and Gillespie recorded for Savoy and Dial, except with top-of-theline production quality. Even more interesting, though, is Parker’s choice of Thelonious Monk as pianist.” (Rick Anderson)

Charlie Parker, Alto Sax; Dizzy Gillespie, Trumpet Thelonious Monk, Piano; Curley Russell, Bass Buddy Rich, drums. New York, June 6, 1950. *BONUS TRACKS (16-26): 16-21: Charlie Parker (as), Miles Davis (tp), Walter Bishop Jr. (p), Teddy Kotick (b), Max Roach (d). New York, January 17, 1951. 22-26: Charlie Parker (as), Kenny Dorham (tp), Al Haig (p), Tommy Potter (b), Max Roach (d). New York, May 5 into May 6, 1949. All original sessions produced by Norman Granz.


Side A:
The Master Takes : Bloomdido (Charlie Parker) 3:25
An Oscar For Treadwell (Charlie Parker) 3:23
Mohawk (Charlie Parker)
My Melancholy Baby (Ernie Burnett-George Norton)
Relaxin’ With Lee (Charlie Parker)
Leap Frog (Charlie Parker)
Passport (Charlie Parker)*
Visa (Charlie Parker) *

Side B: The Alternative Takes
An Oscar For Treadwell (Charlie Parker) [Alt Tk]
Mohawk (Charlie Parker) [Alt Tk]
My Melancholy Baby (Ernie Burnett-George Norton) [Alt Tk]
Leap Frog (Charlie Parker) [Alt Tk1]
Leap Frog (Charlie Parker) [Alt Tk2]
Leap Frog (Charlie Parker) [Alt Tk3]
Leap Frog (Charlie Parker) [Alt Tk4 Incomplete]
Relaxin’ With Lee (Charlie Parker) [Alt Tk]
Relaxin’ With Lee (Charlie Parker) [Alt Tk Incomplete]

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