Charlie Parker / Dizzy Gillespie

Bird and Diz

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AllMusic Review by Rick Anderson

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 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 03:25 SpotifyAmazon
2 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 03:24 SpotifyAmazon
3 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
4 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 02:29 SpotifyAmazon
5 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 03:23 SpotifyAmazon
6 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 03:35 SpotifyAmazon
7 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 03:17 SpotifyAmazon
8 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 03:56 SpotifyAmazon
9 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 02:34 SpotifyAmazon
10 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 02:02 SpotifyAmazon
11 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 02:06 SpotifyAmazon
12 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 03:21 SpotifyAmazon
13 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 03:48 SpotifyAmazon
14 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 00:17 SpotifyAmazon
15 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 01:08 SpotifyAmazon
16 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 00:04 SpotifyAmazon
17 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 00:24 SpotifyAmazon
18 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 00:26 SpotifyAmazon
19 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 00:14 SpotifyAmazon
20 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 00:40 SpotifyAmazon
21 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 00:18 SpotifyAmazon
22 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 00:20 SpotifyAmazon
23 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 00:13 SpotifyAmazon
24 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker 00:41 SpotifyAmazon
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