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Editors’ Notes

A legendary duo, Bird and Diz had played and recorded together often before convening for this one-day session to wax a series of 78s. More unusual is the appearance of pianist Thelonious Monk—another architect of bebop—and forceful swing drummer Buddy Rich, making for a fascinating study in contrasts between the players. But it’s the horn players’ show here: Both are in top form as they spar, complement, and show off on gems like the fiery “Bloomdido,” the bluesy “Mohawk,” and the spectacularly punchy “Leap Frog.”

Customer Reviews

are you f'ing kidding?

Just look at this cast! It's a no brainer. Put it on your it over and over and you will love it. Not to mention, you'll impress all that come across it while searching for their favorites at a party.

I am Shaw Nuff Groovin High!!

Got to have this one baby, it's hot. Bird and Diz were the revolution and this is a good testament. Get it right now!

Buddy Rich is On Point

Not entirely sure what one reviewer was even describing with Buddy Rich not playing exceptionally or using his ears?! Seriously, no idea where that is coming from. His playing on this record is just as energetic as Charlie Parker's or Dizzie's. Listen to the samples - the guy can swing! This is an amazing record, a little short, but all the additional takes and studio outtakes keep things interesting!


Born: August 29, 1920 in Kansas City, KS

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

One of a handful of musicians who can be said to have permanently changed jazz, Charlie Parker was arguably the greatest saxophonist of all time. He could play remarkably fast lines that, if slowed down to half speed, would reveal that every note made sense. "Bird," along with his contemporaries Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell, is considered a founder of bebop; in reality he was an intuitive player who simply was expressing himself. Rather than basing his improvisations closely on the melody as was...
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