Complete Savoy Live Performances: Sept. 29, 1947-Oct. 25, 1950

Complete Savoy Live Performances: Sept. 29, 1947-Oct. 25, 1950

by Charlie Parker


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This four-CD set contains a somewhat streamlined presentation of Parker's complete known live broadcasts from New York's Royal Roost, dating during 1948 and 1949, augmented with five of the live September 29, 1947, Carnegie Hall recordings and one lower-quality tape made in Chicago during 1950. The vitality of these performances still radiates off the tapes in whatever format they're reproduced 50-plus years later -- the interaction between the bandmembers, which include Miles Davis (or Kenny Dorham) on trumpet and Max Roach at the drums, and Tadd Dameron or Al Haig at the ivories, is spellbinding. The difference between these performances and Parker's studio work of the period is that he was always "on" for the broadcasts, and had already achieved something of a peak that he still missed in his studio work of the era -- those along with him rose to the occasion, as witnessed by Kenny Dorham's playing on Miles Davis' "Half Nelson" in December of 1947. On the other hand, nobody could touch Parker when he was at his peak on stage, which he ascends easily on a jam set to Irving Berlin's "White Christmas." The Chicago material, which exists on a separate CD from Savoy (One Night in Chicago), isn't as well recorded -- the rhythm section is muted, and the balances are off, but Parker is certainly audible, and hearing his improvisations on material like Rodgers & Hart's "There's a Small Hotel" is worth the price of the disc, even on what amounts to a good audience tape. The source material has been very carefully mastered, striking a good balance between clean playback and fidelity to the original performance, and the dozens of pages of notes represent virtually a separate, free-standing book on Parker during this period in his career.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/1999
Label: Savoy Jazz
UPC: 0795041702128
catalogNumber: 17021
Rank: 72669

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Parker   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Tadd Dameron   Piano
Miles Davis   Trumpet
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet
George Freeman   Guitar
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Haig   Piano
Milt Jackson   Background Vocals,Vibes
John Lewis   Piano
Shelly Manne   Drums
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Max Roach   Drums
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Ventura   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Lambert   Vocals
Tommy Potter   Bass
Chris Anderson   Piano
McKibbon   Bass
Bruz Freeman   Drums
Bennie Green   Trombone
Joe Harris   Drums
LeRoy Jackson   Bass
Curly Russell   Bass
Buddy Stewart   Vocals,Background Vocals
Claude McLin   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Gil Fuller   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Loren Schoenberg   Liner Notes
Lester Young   Composer
Dave Lambert   Composer
Steve Backer   Producer,Executive Producer
Walter Fuller   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Benny Harris   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Liner Notes
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Teddy Reig   Producer
Jay Roberts   Composer
Paul Bacon   Liner Notes
Isabelle Wong   Graphic Design
Morgan Lewis   Composer

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