paul secor

Your Favorite Bird Live Recording

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Just did a search, and we did this about five years ago, but it's probably worth doing again.

What's your one favorite Charlie Parker live (non-studio) recording?

Mine is:

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Charlie Parker: At the Open Door (Ember)

I'm sure it's been released on other label over the years.

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At the Royal Roost 1948-49, available on this:

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All the live stuff from 1945-1950 has Bird flying at his peak. All of it is incredible. I can't choose.

Bird at St Nick's has been a favorite of mine for 50 years. The tracks from the Three Deuces and The Onyx in the Mosaic box with Dean Benedetti recordings are just out of sight. Then there's Bird in France (Paris & Roubaix).... And what about Town Hall, 1945....

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And the Birdland sets with Fats. 21ueKf8KFsL.jpg

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One Night in Birdland

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There's just something about this one for me. From the opening notes of Wahoo it's just 'perfect'.

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One Night in Birdland

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There's just something about this one for me. From the opening notes of Wahoo it's just 'perfect'.

Me too ...

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Since just picking one Bird live recording is cruelly impossible, I'm going to cheat a little, with explanations:

For the quality of Bird's improvisations, Bird at St. Nick's;

For the historical aspects - the early flowering of a new style - and the interaction with Gillespie, Town Hall, June 22, 1945;

For a more expansive view of the scope of a genius, the Billy Berg recordings from the Dean Benedetti Mosaic set.

Oh, wait, there's the JATP concert with "Lady Be Good"..... This is really cruel, Paul.

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One Night in Birdland

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There's just something about this one for me. From the opening notes of Wahoo it's just 'perfect'.

I have this on the way from CD Japan. Should be here this week.

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Since just picking one Bird live recording is cruelly impossible, I'm going to cheat a little, with explanations:

For the quality of Bird's improvisations, Bird at St. Nick's;

For the historical aspects - the early flowering of a new style - and the interaction with Gillespie, Town Hall, June 22, 1945;

For a more expansive view of the scope of a genius, the Billy Berg recordings from the Dean Benedetti Mosaic set.

Oh, wait, there's the JATP concert with "Lady Be Good"..... This is really cruel, Paul.

I just figured that, sooner or later, most of the great live Bird recordings would be posted, even if it were limited to one per party.

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Christmas 1949 Carnegie Hall concert.

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Christmas 1949 Carnegie Hall concert.

I think I'd go along with this one too.

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the first side of this with diz, bud and Roy Haynes, including Round Midnight and my fav version of Night in Tunesia

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Christmas 1949 Carnegie Hall concert.

Has this one ever been reissued on cd? I have it on an ancient Alamac LP.

gregmo

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Christmas 1949 Carnegie Hall concert.

Has this one ever been reissued on cd? I have it on an ancient Alamac LP.

gregmo

Yes. It was available briefly.

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Christmas 1949 Carnegie Hall concert.

Has this one ever been reissued on cd? I have it on an ancient Alamac LP.

gregmo

Yes. It was available briefly.

Details?

gregmo

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Issued on Jass, a sub of Stash.

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The rest of it is pretty terrific as well. The "non-bird" material was issued on an IAJRC lp.

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Both the Parker Xmas '49 (just the Bird tracks, not the entire concert) and the One Night in Birdland tracks can be found on this Proper box:

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This box also has the 3/31/51 tracks from Summit Meeting at Birdland.

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Many thanks for the responses!

gregmo

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