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Editors’ Notes

Bird & Diz is a jazz summit meeting, but it’s an unusual one. Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie’s well-known innovations helped lay the foundation of bebop but this is the only recording of the pair playing with Thelonious Monk, whose solos here shine. Oddly, the 1950 session also features the big band swing legend Buddy Rich on drums. (Bassist Curly Russell rounds out the quintet.) Parker wrote or co-wrote all of the material except for the old standard “My Melancholy Baby,” which the band plays with great charm. The high energy opener, “Bloomdido,” finds the trumpet/alto sax team interpreting the head with a joyful verve before each horn player masterfully solos. Rich attacks the trap kit in an aggressive fashion that is alien to bop, but his presence makes for an interesting contrast to the rest of the band’s approach. “Leap Frog” is a dazzler; the group races at a breakneck pace, the sort of tempo beboppers loved to tackle in order to challenge — and show off — their abilities. Bird & Diz includes plenty of alternate takes for hardcore fans to study and compare but any music lover can enjoy the sounds found here.

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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