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Bird Of Paradise - Best Of The Dial Masters

    Alto saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was among the most influential jazz artists ever, and one of the few indisputable geniuses of his time. This set presents the complete master takes from his recording sessions for Ross Russell’s Dial label. Included here are some of Bird’s most admired sides, such as “A Night in Tunisia”, “Cool Blues” and “All the Things You Are”, as well as the troubled “Lover Man” session, after which the saxophonist suffered a mental breakdown. The masters from a 1945 Red Norvo date (Bird’s only existing encounter with pianist Teddy Wilson, reissued on Dial) are also contained here. Also issued on Dial was the so-called “Home- Cooking” date, an amateur recording made right after Bird left the Camarillo psychiatric hospital (the session is presented here in its entirety, including the complete version of “I Got Rhythm”. As a bonus, we have added two additional complete Charlie Parker sessions from the same period, which were originally issued under the names of Sir Charles Thompson and Sarah Vaughan. CHARLIE PARKER, alto sax, on all tracks, plus:

    Collective Personnel: Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Howard McGhee (tp), J. J. Johnson (tb), Erroll Garner, Dodo Marmarosa, Duke Jordan, Teddy Wilson (p), Red Norvo (vib), Barney Kessel (g), Tommy Potter (b), Max Roach (d), among others. Recorded in California and New York, 1945-47

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    Coloured LP Info: Limited edition green vinyl.

    Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie

    Bird And Diz

      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.


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