CD Charlie Parker [Prestige] (CD 1160679),
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Charlie Parker [Prestige]

  • 1. 52nd Street Theme
    2. Shaw Nuff
    3. Out of Nowhere
    4. Hot House
    5. This Time the Dream's on Me
    6. Night in Tunisia, A
    7. My Old Flame
    8. 52nd Street Theme
    9. Way You Look Tonight, The
    10. Out of Nowhere
    11. Chasin' the Bird
    12. Dizzy Atmosphere
    13. How High the Moon
    14. 52nd Street Theme
    15. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
    16. Ornithology
    17. Embraceable You
    18. Visa
    19. I Cover the Waterfront
    20. Scrapple From the Apple
    21. Star Eyes & Theme
    22. Confirmation
    23. Out of Nowhere
    24. Hot House
    25. What's New
    26. Now's the Time
    27. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Theme
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PRCD-24009

  • Credits

    Personnel: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Miles Davis, Red Rodney (trumpet); Duke Jordan, Al Haig (piano); Tommy Potter (bass guitar); Max Roach, Roy Haynes (drums).
    Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
    These poorly recorded live Charlie Parker dates were captured in 1948 and 1950 and were originally released as two separate LPs, Bird on 52nd Street and Bird at St. Nick's. The personnel for the 1948 gig included a fledgling Miles Davis on trumpet, Duke Jordan on piano, Tommy Potter on bass, and Max Roach on drums, while the 1950 date has Red Rodney on trumpet, Al Haig on piano, Roy Haynes on drums, and Potter again on bass. There's little doubt that these were hot nights for both units, and Parker's solos, particularly on a smokin' "Confirmation" from the 1950 St. Nick's date, are often nothing short of amazing, but unfortunately the fidelity here is awful, bordering on unintentional white noise, and the poor sound quality, which still can't quite mask the power of these performances, makes listening to these tracks more frustrating than fruitful. These sides are certainly historically viable, and dedicated Parker collectors and admirers will undoubtedly be drawn to hear them at least once, but this reissue is really an exercise in what could have been, a missed opportunity to hear two wonderful bands led by an impassioned Parker in full flight. In the end, it's a bit like hearing Parker from the next room. ~ Steve Leggett

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