Various Artists: Birth of Be Bop (2003)
The usual suspects appear – Gillespie, Navarro, Dexter Gordon – but there are also lesser knowns. There's a ravishing Boyd Raeburn arrangement of Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia" and an energetic piece by little heard baritone bopper Serge Chaloff. Ira Gitler did a finely detailed historical essay for the booklet, and the only big voices missing are Coleman Hawkins and Thelonious Monk (who is poorly served by a lame cover of "'Round Midnight" with Milt Jackson and John Lewis sounding like it's past their bedtime.). A fine bit of history attractively remastered and packaged, even if the material is very familiar for the long-time jazz fan.
Track Listing: 1. Be-Bop, 2. How High the Moon, 3. Hot House, 4. Little Willie Leaps, 5. 'Round About Midnight, 6. Wee Dot, 7. Opus de Bop, 8. Ray's Idea, 9. Boppin' A Riff, 10. Long Tall Dexter, 11. Ah-Leu-Cha, 12. O-Go-Mo, 13. El Sino, 14. Red Cross, 15. Garbadine and Serge, 16. Interlude (A Night in Tunisia).
Personnel: Charlie Parker, Don Byas, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Milt Jackson, Leo Parker, Stan Getz, Kenny Dorham, Fats Navarro, Dexter Gordan, Teddy Reig, Tiny Grimes, Serge Chaloff, Boyd Raeburn.
Record Label: Savoy Jazz