Charlie Parker

Carnegie Hall X-Mas '49

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Carnegie Hall X-Mas '49 Review

by Scott Yanow

This Carnegie Hall concert can be considered the height of the bebop era. Among the top young modernists heard near their early peaks are pianist Bud Powell, trumpeter Miles Davis, baritonist Serge Chaloff, altoist Sonny Stitt, trombonist Kai Winding, tenor saxophonists Stan Getz and Warne Marsh, pianist Lennie Tristano, altoist Lee Konitz, and Sarah Vaughan. But while their performances are consistently outstanding, Charlie Parker and his quintet (which includes trumpeter Red Rodney, pianist Al Haig, bassist Tommy Potter, and drummer Roy Haynes) steals the show. Bird and Rodney rarely sounded more fiery than on their five songs, and Parker's incredible solo on this version of "Ko Ko" might very well be his best. This LP is highly recommended for all collections.

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