Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie – Bird And Diz


This date from June 6, 1950, was an unusual one for Charlie Parker. He chose to play with fellow bop creators Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, in a striking reunion with the trumpeter and the only occasion on which Parker recorded with the pianist. Though the three may have felt encumbered by the presence of swing drummer Buddy Rich, they’re in brilliant form, with Parker and Gillespie spurring one another to heights that range from the warm to the electric. Bird’s ideas flow with characteristic ease and swing while Gillespie sparks and flares. It’s unlikely that anyone else but Gillespie could match Parker on the dazzling interplay of “Leap Frog,” a performance supplemented by several alternate takes. Monk’s characteristically skewed solos are a rare delight in what is otherwise an orthodox bop setting. The tunes are all Parker’s except for “My Melancholy Baby,” which inspires witty play.


01. Bloomdido
02. My Melancholy Baby
03. Relaxin’ With Lee
04. Leap Frog
05. An Oscar For Treadwell
06. Mohawk
07. My Melancholy Baby (Complete Take)
08. Relaxin’ With Lee (Complete Take)
09. Leap Frog (Complete Take)
10. Leap Frog (Complete Take)
11. Leap Frog (Complete Take)
12. An Oscar For Treadwell (Complete Take)
13. Mohawk (Complete Take)
14. Relaxin’ With Lee (Breakdown Take)
15. Relaxin’ With Lee (Breakdown Take)
16. Relaxin’ With Lee (False Start)
17. Relaxin’ With Lee (Breakdown Take)
18. Leap Frog (Breakdown Take)
19. Leap Frog (Breakdown Take)
20. Leap Frog (Breakdown Take)
21. Leap Frog (Breakdown Take)
22. Leap Frog (Breakdown Take)
23. Leap Frog (Breakdown Take)
24. Leap Frog (Breakdown Take)

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Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer.

Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion. Many well-known musicians rose to prominence as members of Davis’ ensembles, including saxophonists Gerry Mulligan, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, George Coleman, Wayne Shorter, and Kenny Garrett; trombonist J. J. Johnson; pianists Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett; guitarists John McLaughlin, John Scofield and Mike Stern; bassists Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, and Dave Holland; and drummers Tony Williams, Billy Cobham and Jack DeJohnette.

On October 7, 2008, his album Kind of Blue, released in 1959, received its fourth platinum certification from the RIAA, signifying sales of 4 million copies. Miles Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Davis was noted as “one of the key figures in the history of jazz”.

On November 5, 2009, Rep. John Conyers of Michigan sponsored a measure in the US House of Representatives to recognize and commemorate the album Kind of Blue on its 50th anniversary. The measure also affirms jazz as a national treasure and “encourages the United States government to preserve and advance the art form of jazz music.” It passed, unanimously, with a vote of 409–0 on December 15, 2009.

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