Full Title: The Complete Live Performances On Savoy.
THE COMPLETE LIVE PERFORMANCES ON SAVOY comes with a 60-page booklet complete with rare photographs, liner notes by Orrin Keepnews, an essay by Paul Bacon, and song-by-song annotation by Loren Schoenberg.
Personnel: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Dave Lambert, Buddy Stewart (vocals); Lucky Thompson, Claude McLin, Flip Phillips, Charlie Ventura (tenor saxophone); Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Dizzy Gillespie, Conte Candoli (trumpet); Bennie Green (trombone); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Tadd Dameron, Al Haig, Chris Anderson, John Lewis (piano); George Freeman (guitar); Curley Russell, Tommy Potter, Leroy Jackson, Al McKibbon (bass); Max Roach, Joe Harris, Shelly Manne, Ed Shaughnessy, Bruz Freeman (drums).
Digitally remastered by Paul Reid III (Denon Digital Industries, Madison, Georgia).
Personnel: Charlie Parker (vocals, alto saxophone); Buddy Stewart (vocals, background vocals); Dave Lambert, Dave Lambert (vocals); George Freeman (guitar); Claude McLin, Flip Phillips, Lucky Thompson, Charlie Ventura (tenor saxophone); Conte Candoli, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham, Miles Davis (trumpet); Bennie Green (trombone); Chris Anderson , John Lewis, Al Haig, Tadd Dameron (piano); Milt Jackson (vibraphone, background vocals); Bruz Freeman, Joe Harris , Max Roach, Shelly Manne, Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Loren Schoenberg; Orrin Keepnews; Paul Bacon.
Recording information: Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (1947-1950); Chicago Club, New York, NY (1947-1950); Chicago, IL (1947-1950); Royal Roost (1947-1950); Royal Roost New York, NY (1947-1950).
Editors: Paul Reid III; Orrin Keepnews.
Photographers: Frank Driggs; Alan Nahigian.
A dream come true for completists and Parker enthusiasts, this 4-disc set brings together all the performances from the artist's Savoy years, including full-length numbers from the legendary Royal Roost dates (broadcast on "Symphony Sid" Torin's program), and material from Chicago club and Carnegie Hall concerts. Parker's Quintet, whose line-up rotates but often features the spectacular and very young Miles Davis on trumpet and the drum wizardry of Max Roach, displays an always-dazzling caliber of musicianship, heightened by the appearance of guests like Lucky Thompson, Dizzy Gillespie and Milt Jackson.
Bird's repertoire is well-represented, with tracks including "Koko," "Ornithology," "Chasin' The Bird," "Scrapple From The Apple" and "Confirmation." Unusual cuts like "These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You," "How High The Moon," a version of "White Christmas" and "Salt Peanuts," add variety to these sets. Audiophiles may be disappointed by the surface noise in these recordings (particularly in the Chicago material), but the payoff is the musical/historical significance of these documents, in which Parker's transformative, volcanic yet exquisitely considered playing is in full flower. A highly representative compendium of a genius's vision, this is an essential addition to the Parker catalogue.