s

Verve Records / Mercury

Charlie Parker And Dizzy Gillespie ‎– Bird And Diz

$39.00

Verve Records / Mercury

Charlie Parker And Dizzy Gillespie ‎– Bird And Diz

$39.00

Add to Wishlist

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-the-line production quality. Even more interesting, though, is Parker's choice of Thelonious Monk as pianist. Unfortunately, Monk is buried in the mix and gets very little solo space, so his highly idiosyncratic genius doesn't get much exposure here. Still, this is an outstanding album -- there are fine versions of Parker standards like "Leap Frog," "Mohawk," and "Relaxin' with Lee," as well as a burning performance of "Bloomdido" and twjo interesting (if not entirely thrilling) renditions of the chestnut "My Melancholy Baby." – All Music

Label: Verve Records ‎– 000602577271823, Mercury ‎– 000602577271823

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue

Country: USA & Europe

Released: 20 Sep 2019

Genre: Jazz

Style: Bop