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Bop Lives!
     

Bop Lives!

 
When bebop came along in the mid-'40s, the style encountered more than its share of hostility; some swing and Dixieland musicians had difficulty comprehending the innovations of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk. Regardless, bop remained, and

Overview

When bebop came along in the mid-'40s, the style encountered more than its share of hostility; some swing and Dixieland musicians had difficulty comprehending the innovations of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk. Regardless, bop remained, and when Delmark assembled this bop-oriented compilation in 2003, the style had been around almost 60 years -- which is saying a lot when you consider that bop's early detractors hoped that it wouldn't live to see the '50s. Spanning 1944-1998, Bop Lives! offers a 32-minute sample of the contributions that Delmark and Apollo (whose catalog Delmark owns) have made to bebop and hard bop. This CD is hardly the last word on Delmark's bop output; Delmark, after all, has been around since the early '50s and has turned out to be one of the most enduring labels in the history of jazz and blues. But if Bop Lives! barely scratches Delmark's surface, it's a generally impressive surface. The disc gets off to an exciting start with Coleman Hawkins' 1944 recording of "Woody 'n You," which features trumpeter Gillespie and has often been cited as one of the earliest bebop recordings -- and Delmark keeps the momentum going with tracks by heavyweights like Donald Byrd ("Blues Walk" from 1955), Jimmy Forrest ("All the Gin Is Gone" from 1959), and Bud Powell ("Rifftide" from 1962). Most of the selections are instrumental; the exceptions are Babs Gonzales' 1947 recording "Ray's Groove" and the obscure Francine Griffin's 1998 performance of "Anthropology." It should be noted that the delightfully quirky Gonzales was quite daring for his time; in the '40s, he was among the first singers to bring the complexities of early bebop to the vocal realm. Although solid, most of Bop Lives! falls short of definitive; this CD is nonetheless an enjoyable, if brief, celebration of Delmark and Apollo's contributions to bop.

Editorial Reviews

All About Jazz
The music captured here is stranger, more organic, and often more authentic than most recorded by the larger labels.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
Label:
Delmark
UPC:
0038153091026
catalogNumber:
910

Tracks

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Performance Credits

Tony Scott   Clarinet
Danny Barker   Guitar
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Jimmy Forrest   Tenor Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet,Soloist
Babs Gonzales   Vocals
Dexter Gordon   Tenor Saxophone
Grant Green   Guitar
Barry Harris   Piano
Budd Johnson   Baritone Saxophone
Elvin Jones   Drums
Leo Parker   Alto Saxophone
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Bud Powell   Piano
Max Roach   Drums
Mike Smith   Alto Saxophone
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Thompson   Piano
Gene Ramey   Bass
Yusef Lateef   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Abrams   Tenor Saxophone
Eric Alexander   Tenor Saxophone
Donald Byrd   Trumpet
Jimmy Butts   Bass
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Gant   Drums
Francine Griffin   Vocals
Clyde Hart   Piano
Roy Haynes   Drums
J.C. Heard   Drums
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen   Bass
Alvin Jackson   Bass
Harold Mabern   Piano
Paul McKee   Trombone
Bernard McKinney   Euphonium
John Ore   Bass
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone
Arthur Phipps   Bass
Willie Pickens   Piano
William Schiopffe   Drums
Bobby Tucker   Piano
John Whitfield   Bass
Hank Ford   Tenor Saxophone
Michael Raynor   Drums
Vic Coulson   Trumpet
Ed Van Dever   Trumpet
Joe Farnsworth   Drums
Leonard Lowry   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Clifford Brown   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Cecil Payne   Composer
Coleman Hawkins   Composer
Charles Thompson   Composer
Lou Donaldson   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Babs Brown   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Steve Wagner   Producer

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