Down Beat - p.66
"LIVEOLOGY conveys the raw excitement of experiencing a live performance by Charlie Parker."
Personnel: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Charlie Parker (saxophone); Mundell Lowe (guitar); Teddy Kotick (bass instrument); Art Blakey (drums); Fats Navarro, Kenny Dorham, Miles Davis (trumpet); Al Haig, Walter Bishop, Jr., Bud Powell (piano); Max Roach, Roy Haynes (drums).
Liner Note Author: Larry Hollis.
Recording information: Birdland, New York, NY (09/04/1948-09/26/1952); Rockland Palace, New York, NY (09/04/1948-09/26/1952); Royal Roost, New York, NY (09/04/1948-09/26/1952).
The music on this set of broadcasts dates from three time periods. Charlie Parker is heard with his working quintet (December 1948 to February 1949), at a time when he had Miles Davis or Kenny Dorham on trumpet, pianist Al Haig, bassist Tommy Potter, and drummer Max Roach. There are five selections from a May 28, 1950, engagement that features trumpeter Fats Navarro, sounding very strong just a short time before his death (if the date is correct). Also in the band are Bud Powell, Curly Russell, and either Roy Haynes or Art Blakey. And finally, from the Rockland Palace in 1952, Parker is teamed with a four-piece rhythm section that includes guitarist Mundell Lowe and pianist Walter Bishop. There are two ways to look at this set. On the one hand, the music is available in more complete form elsewhere and the recording quality is often just so-so. But as an introduction to how Charlie Parker sounded live in clubs as opposed to performing three-minute songs in the studios, there is much remarkable music to be heard. Parker is as advanced as Ornette Coleman in spots, his double-time phrases border on the miraculous, and he sounds a decade ahead of the other players, even Navarro. Bird's extended choruses on such tunes as "Ornithology," "Wahoo" (which is really "Perdido"), and "Street Beat" are well worth savoring, even if the recording quality is not ideal. ~ Scott Yanow