Ira Sullivan & The Chicago Jazz Quintet

Bird Lives!

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Ira Sullivan's quintet played at a Charlie Parker Memorial concert in Chicago on Mar. 12, 1962 and the results (six selections) were originally released on a single LP. The release of this double CD greatly expanded the program. The multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan sticks to trumpet and fluegelhorn throughout, the legendary tenor Nicky Hill (who made very few recordings) has a rare chance to stretch out on record (combining touches of Coltrane and Booker Ervin with a full tone of his own) and it is interesting to hear some hints of the then-current free jazz movement (particularly in the playing of bassist Don Garrett). Overall, a fine bop set.

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