Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker on Dial, Vol. 8

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This LP mostly consists of a radio broadcast from Nov. 8, 1947 that features an all-star band dubbed Barry Ulanov and His All-Star Metronome Jazzmen. Altoist Charlie Parker, trumpeter Fats Navarro, clarinetist John LaPorta, Allen Eager on tenor, pianist Lennie Tristano, guitarist Billy Bauer, bassist Tommy Potter, drummer Buddy Rich and Sarah Vaughan who sings "Everything I Have Is Yours." Each of the key musicians has their features including Bird on "Donna Lee" and Navarro throughout "Fats Flats." This set concludes with three numbers taken from a live performance by pianist/composer Tadd Dameron's Orchestra featuring the tenors of Allen Eager and Wardell Gray; the heated solos somehow overcome the potentially distracting surface noise. Bop collectors will want to pick up this LP.