Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker on Dial, Vol. 5

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Charlie Parker on Dial, Vol. 5 Review

by Scott Yanow

The fifth of six LPs in this valuable series mostly features the great altoist Charlie Parker with his quintet on November 4, 1947 performing "Bird Feathers," "Klact-Oveeseds-Tene," "Scrapple from the Apple," "My Old Flame," "Out of Nowhere," and "Don't Blame Me." These three-minute gems (including four alternate takes) have concise solos from Bird, trumpeter Miles Davis, and pianist Duke Jordan, along with suitable backup from bassist Tommy Potter and drummer Max Roach. This LP is rounded out by three alternate takes: "Moose the Mooche," "Dark Shadows" (featuring Earl Coleman's vocal), and "Hallelujah" from the 1945 session that vibraphonist Red Norvo led with Diz and Bird as sidemen. All six volumes of Charlie Parker on Dial are all recommended.