Charlie Parker: Best of The Complete Live Performances on Savoy (2002)
Another exciting reissue from the 60th birthday celebration of Savoy Records is a Charlie Parker live concert recording. The album culminates three separate performances broadcast over radio from the aptly named Royal Roost Club (a/k/a The Metropolitan Bopera) in New York City.
The recording displays Parker at his most vital and without a doubt at his finest. Surrounded by a stellar group at each appearance, Parker navigates his group through such standards as “Scrapple from the Apple,” “Hot House,” an inspiring set of solos from a young Miles Davis and Parker on “Chasin the Bird,” and “Anthropology.”
What makes this album stand out as one of Parker’s finest live recording lies in his approach to his solos. Each one is culminated and based upon the melody, though in inventive ways, but always coherent to the song and pleasing to the listener.
This 'best of' collection of live Parker astounds the mind and feeds the soul of every jazz lover. More than a must have, it is required!
Track Listing: 1. 52nd Street Theme 2. Koko 3. Hot House 4. Chasin the Bird 5. Little Willie Leaps 6. East of the Sun 7. Scrapple from the Apple 8. Barbados 9. Groovin High 10. Salt Peanuts 11. Cheryl 12. Anthropology 13. Jumpin with Symphony Sid (excerpt)
Personnel: Charlie Parker - sax and vocal Tadd Dameron - piano Curly Russell - bass Max Roach - drums Miles Davis - trumpet Al Haig - piano Tommy Potter - bass Kenny Dorham - trumpet Joe harris - drums Lucky Thompson - tenor sax Milt Jackson - vibes