Charlie Parker / Dizzy Gillespie

Bird and Diz

  • AllMusic Rating
    9
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

This collection of 78 rpm singles, all recorded on June 6, 1950, was released in 1956. 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."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:25 Spotify
2 3:24 Spotify
3 2:47 Spotify
4 2:29 Spotify
5 3:23 Spotify
6 3:35 Spotify
7 3:17 Spotify
8 3:56 Spotify
9 2:34 Spotify
10 2:02 Spotify
11 2:06 Spotify
12 3:21 Spotify
13 3:48 Spotify
14 0:17 Spotify
15 1:08 Spotify
16 0:04 Spotify
17 0:24 Spotify
18 0:26 Spotify
19 0:14 Spotify
20 0:40 Spotify
21 0:18 Spotify
22 0:20 Spotify
23 0:13 Spotify
24 0:41 Spotify
blue highlight denotes track pick