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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Just when it seemed like every last Charlie Parker live recording had been uncovered and issued, Uptown managed to find another. This is a portion of a 1948 concert produced by MC Willis Connover who gained fame as the jazz producer of Voice of America and the founding producer of the New Orleans Jazz Festival that featured separate sets by Dixieland jazz musicians and boppers, with the intention of mixing both in a jam session to wrap the performance. Recorded onto 16-inch transcription discs, several of the tracks are incomplete, while the rhythm section is often barely heard behind the soloists, a common problem with live recordings made in the era. After an opening ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Just when it seemed like every last Charlie Parker live recording had been uncovered and issued, Uptown managed to find another. This is a portion of a 1948 concert produced by MC Willis Connover who gained fame as the jazz producer of Voice of America and the founding producer of the New Orleans Jazz Festival that featured separate sets by Dixieland jazz musicians and boppers, with the intention of mixing both in a jam session to wrap the performance. Recorded onto 16-inch transcription discs, several of the tracks are incomplete, while the rhythm section is often barely heard behind the soloists, a common problem with live recordings made in the era. After an opening septet by local Washington, D.C., musicians, Parker is added and Buddy Rich takes over on drums though not using his own set, starting with one of the earliest known versions of "Bernie's Tune," followed by "These Foolish Things," both showcasing Parker in top form. Trumpeter Charlie Walp and tenor saxophonist Ben Lary shine in the extended workout of "Scrapple from the Apple" following the composer's inventive solo. Pianist Sam Krupit shares the solo spotlight with the alto saxophonist in a breezy take of "Ornithology," while Parker and Rich deliver a furious -- though sadly incomplete -- rendition of "Koko." Unfortunately, the planned meeting between the Dixielanders and the boppers in "C Jam Blues" comes to a crashing halt after Wild Bill Davison evidently took offense to Parker's laughter at the end of Tony Parenti's clarinet solo, when he abruptly ended the performance, though the sound is faded as Parenti is still playing and may not have been documented on the source material. The historic nature of this concert and the detailed liner notes by Ira Gitler, Ross Firestone, and Ron Fritts make this an essential CD for serious bop fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2008
  • Label: Uptown Jazz
  • UPC: 026198275525
  • Catalog Number: 2755
  • Sales rank: 30,812

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tiny's Blues (7:07)
  2. 2 Bernie's Tune (8:58)
  3. 3 These Foolish Things (8:36)
  4. 4 Scrapple from the Apple (10:25)
  5. 5 Ornithology (5:53)
  6. 6 We Have Requests - Buddy Rich (0:54)
  7. 7 Koko (6:27)
  8. 8 C Jam Blues (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Parker Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Buddy Rich Drums
Tony Parenti Clarinet
Earl Swope Trombone
Willis Conover Master of Ceremonies
Wild Bill Davison Cornet
Mert Oliver Bass
Arthur Phipps Bass
Charlie Walp Trumpet
Benny Morton's All Stars Trombone
Ben Lary Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Frank Driggs Photo Courtesy
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Benny Harris Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Ross Firestone Liner Notes
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