The Masters of Jazz label is dedicated to the presentation of historic recordings arranged either in exacting chronological sequence or carefully selected so as to avoid including material that has been reissued over and over again by other labels. Young Bird, Vol. 5: 1945-1946 deftly dishes out 19 recordings made between December 1945 and March 1946 without including any Dial or Jazz at the Philharmonic material. This makes for an exciting ride as Charlie Parker sits in on a series of blowing sessions beginning with a very pleasant Savoy date led by Slim Gaillard; the band includes Dizzy Gillespie, Jack McVea, Dodo Marmarosa, Bam Brown, and Zutty Singleton, and the listener is treated to second takes of "Dizzy's Boogie" and "Flat Foot Floogie." Bird is heard with several different bands under the nominal leadership of Dizzy Gillespie, including an AFRS Jubilee show at the NBC Studios in Hollywood and a WEAF radio broadcast from Billy Berg's Supper Club. Parker performs with his own Quintet at the Finale Club in L.A. and finally alongside fellow alto saxophonists Benny Carter and Willie Smith with the Nat King Cole Trio, which included on this occasion drummer Buddy Rich. Here then is a Charlie Parker collection that touches upon a whole series of historic performances, some of which have seldom been made available to the public.
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