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
3. Hot House
4. Chasin the Bird
5. Little Willie Leaps
6. East of the Sun
7. Scrapple from the Apple
9. Groovin High
10. Salt Peanuts
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
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.