Original recordings 1945-1949
- Thriving On a Riff
- Billie’s Bounce
- Chasin’ the Bird
- Sippin’ at Bell’s
- Little Willie Leaps
- Bird Get’s the Worm
Miles Davies – Trumpet, Charlie Parker – Alto & Max Roach - Drums
are on all tracks 1to16
Tracks 17 to 20 Davies – Trumpet Kai Winding – Trombone Junior Collins
– French horn Bill Barber – tuba Lee Konitz – Alto Gerry Mulligan –
Baritone Al Haig – Piano Joe Shulman – Bass Max Roach – Drums
The absolute stars of this album are David Lennick and Graham Newton,
who produced such an amazing sound quality using just the original Savoy
78’s as basic material!
The album is very well produced in its entirety and ought to be compulsory
listening for anyone who aspires to play jazz. It also confirms something
that I have long suspected that Charlie Parker was a much more important
figure in the development of jazz than Davies, who did not provide anything
like the level of excitement that Gillespie had brought previously.
That isn’t to say of course that Miles wasn’t an important figure in
jazz, of course he was. He just seems to me to have been credited with
much more influence in the development of the music than perhaps he
deserves. This is however the most listenable Parker collection I have
come across. Parker is my man, but many of his records, which are for
sale, are so poor in recording quality as to make listening a painful
experience. Max Roach is his usual reliable self throughout and curiously
Diz is on piano on track 1.
On tracks 6,7 & 8 Parker plays Tenor demonstrating that he would
have been a tenor star as well if he had decided to play the instrument
The last four tracks are amazing for their time, this was the West
Coast ‘Cool School’, long before it had been invented. Recent research
has shown that Gerry Mulligan had a much greater influence on these
sessions than had been previously thought. Whilst pondering this it
occurred to me what a marvellous partner Miles would have made for Mulligan
in the Quartet. There is quite a similarity between his playing and
that of Chet Baker, who also played with Parker at one time.
This album is an essential in the serious jazz collector’s library,
congratulations to Naxos!