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The Original Supergroup

Blindfaith notwithstanding, this was the 1st supergroup. Bird and Diz, with Bud Powell, Mingus and Max...a special one time only appearance (at least as far as recordings are concerned). The only hitch...what you're hearing is Mingus' bass recorded at another time. He felt that the levels were too soft from the original recordings, so he overdubbed all new bass lines in the studio. When he solos, you can sometimes hear the original bass track softly in the background! Anyway, they are all at the height of their powers, and I can tell you that Bud's playing on this recording was a huge influence on me. This is a must for any bebop fan.

Literally, bebop at its finest

Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Max Roach. These guys are the best of the best. Top notch virtuosos who made bebop what it was, which played a huge part in the development of jazz as a whole. Having them play all together brings out the absolute best in jazz. The songs, the solos, the rhythms, the emotions...everything blends together perfectly. They say this is the best live jazz album ever made. I for one am still looking for a better one. And if all that wasn't enough, it's only $6. There's not a better deal on iTunes.

a GREAT album, period...

I went to the University of North Texas and was a sax major in the school of jazz. There were LOTS of guys who could play the solo right along with the record, and while that is cool they forget it is easy to copy what has already been done. These guys played this stuff without the benefit of hearing someone else do it first. These are the innovators of one of the building blocks of ALL American music that followed. Anyone can imitate, THESE guys created something ground-breaking... A must have for serious musicians ...


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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