Gillespie, Dizzy & Charlie Parker
Uptown, 2005, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O’s Notes: This is a classic bebop session featuring Dizzy and Bird in 1945, the height of bebop. It is a live session at New York’s Town Hall. Parker was notoriously late so Don Byas (ts) sat in on the first song. Dizzy’s quintet is Al Haig (p), Curley Russell (b) and Max Roach (d) [Sidney Catlett (d) on tracks 5 & 6] and Bird. This is when both headliners were slick and slim, before the bent hornÉ The tracks really cook. This is a treasure that is supported by excellent liner notes.