Bop Lives!

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
All About Jazz
The music captured here is stranger, more organic, and often more authentic than most recorded by the larger labels.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2003
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153091026
  • Catalog Number: 910
  • Sales rank: 294,508

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Woody 'n You - Coleman Hawkins (3:00)
  2. 2 All the Gin Is Gone - Jimmy Forrest (4:48)
  3. 3 Street Beat (2:36)
  4. 4 Anthropology (4:22)
  5. 5 Rifftide - Bud Powell (4:16)
  6. 6 Cuba (4:48)
  7. 7 Blues Walk (5:28)
  8. 8 Ray's Groove - Babs Gonzales (3:00)
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Album Credits

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
Sir 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 ├śrsted 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
Sir 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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