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Bop & Beyond

  • 1. Riffin' & Jivin' - Don Byas
    2. Groovin' High - Dizzy Gillespie
    3. Shaw 'Nuff - Dizzy Gillespie
    4. Koko - Charlie Parker
    5. Moose the Mooche - Charlie Parker
    6. Long Tall Dexter - Dexter Gordon
    7. Opus de Bob - Stan Getz
    8. Fool's Fancy
    9. Serenade to a Square - Sonny Stitt
    10. Oop Bop Sh'bam - Billy Eckstine
    11. Half Nelson - Miles Davis Quintet
    12. Ineta - Leo Parker
    13. Be Bop Romp - Fats Navarro
    14. Bop's You Uncle - George Shearing
    15. Merry Lee - Howard McGhee
    16. Bruz - Milt Jackson
    17. Audobon - J.J. Johnson
    18. Susie the Poodle - Art Pepper
    19. Night in Tunisia - Duke Jordan
    20. Stella by Starlight - Red Rodney
    21. Doug's Minor Bouk - Hank Mobley
    22. Jumpin' Jacques - Hampton Hawes
    23. Hank's Shout - Lee Morgan
    24. Jazz Message - Donald Byrd
    25. Almost Like Being in Love - Hank Jones
    26. Whose Blues - Herbie Nichols
    27. Bohemia After Dark - Cannonball Adderley
    28. Mr Wiggles - Booker Ervin
    29. Prayer to the East - Yusef Lateef
    30. Judy's Dilemma - Curtis Fuller
    31. Rhodamagnetics - John Coltrane
    32. Casino - Art Blakey
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): METRDCD542

  • Credits

    This two-CD compilation is kind of a scattershot grouping of bop recordings from 1944-60, and not the kind of thing apt to be picked up by major jazz enthusiasts, who will likely either have much of it or want to assemble it in less piecemeal form. It could be contended, however, that jazz could use more various-artists comps that help convey the music to both newcomers and jazz fans that aren't too rigorous about how they collect records. On those grounds, this is a pretty good anthology, including works by numerous major players, among them Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Miles Davis, J.J. Johnson, Art Pepper, Lee Morgan, Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey, Milt Jackson, and John Coltrane. Yes, it's also missing some big bop names, like Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Max Roach, and Clifford Brown. But it's not making a claim to be definitive, and any regrets over those absences might be compensated for by the presence of material by other talents the non-completist might not know as much about, like Red Rodney, Don Byas (whose 1944-cut "Riffin' and Jivin'" is the earliest recording here), Hank Jones, Booker Ervin, and Curtis Fuller. Not many, it's true, of these 32 songs are esteemed as among the most pivotal bop endeavors, though Gillespie's "Groovin' High" and Billy Eckstine's rendition of "Oop Bop Sh'Bam" (which Gillespie co-wrote) might rate up there. Everything here is strong, though, and the slightly off-the-wall focus allows the light to shine on some excellent performances that haven't been canonized but should be heard, like Yusef Lateef's "Prayer to the East," Curtis Fuller's "Judy's Dilemma," Hank Mobley's "Doug's Minor Bouk," Cannonball Adderley's "Bohemia After Dark," and Sonny Stitt's "Serenade to a Square." ~ Richie Unterberger

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