Charlie Parker

With Dizzy Gillespie & Miles Davis

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This CD from Stash's budget series has some "new" Charlie Parker performances but, as veteran collectors well know when confronted with Bird discoveries, the main question must always be "What condition is it in?" Unfortunately the answer in this case is "Not good." The great altoist is heard playing with the Dizzy Gillespie big band on ten songs in addition to five selections with his own quintet (when Miles Davis was his trumpeter) and one obscurity from 1950. However the music (recorded by customers in the audience on low budget tape recorders) is generally incomplete since the tapes were often turned off at the conclusion of Parker's solos. Although Stash's engineers did what they could to correct the pitch and clean up the music, the results are still difficult to listen to, at least until one gets used to it. It is very interesting to hear Bird with Gillespie's orchestra (a collaboration otherwise never recorded) and to listen to Parker playing such unlikely songs as "Things to Come," a fairly lengthy "'Round Midnight," "Good Bait" and "Manteca." But this release is only for true Charlie Parker fanatics.