Charlie Parker
Bird And Diz


4.0
excellent

Review

by Julien Loeper USER (71 Reviews)
April 19th, 2010 | 9 replies | 6,736 views


Release Date: 1952 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Charlie Parker collaborates with famous jazz musicans and creates one of his best albums.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Two of the finest names in jazz music collaborating on an album together. They recorded a few times before, but this was their last album together and there only album with jazz piano master Thelonious Monk. The version I’m reviewing is the 1997 reissue with 16 bonus tracks and extra liner notes as well as complete breakdowns of the structure of the songs in here. Anyways on to the review…

Here Parker and Gillespie play some of the finest bebop styled jazz you will ever hear. The melodies are exquisite. There is a blues influence throughout the album that really shows within the first track, Bloomdido with its uptempo groove and sweet, sweet improvisation. The improvised solo sections between Parker, Gillespie and Monk are incredible. You can never really guess what they’re going to play next and the soloing is so fluid and melodic. These performers were truly masters of their instruments. This album is almost completely up tempo styled playing except for My Melancholy Baby which is , as the title implies, a slow melancholic track that really stands out on the album. Leap Frog is also an interesting track as Charlie And Dizzy switch back forth every 4 bars, Therefore expanding further upon the ideas of two frogs leaping back and forth from each other.

The reissue also comes with a handy booklet on the history of this album as well as breakdowns of tracks and playing styles. It’s very informative to someone who doesn’t listen to jazz. Bird And Diz also comes with 16 bonus tracks of shorter arrangements of tracks, and mess-ups of tracks made during the recording sessions. There’s even some dialogue between the musicians. There really is nothing wrong with this album. It is essentially the perfect jazz album played by a few famous jazz musicians. IF there are any problems, it’s that the drumming is a bit off-kilter and the bass isn’t very audible. Overall a jazz master piece.



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Urinetrouble
April 19th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

triple checked my review. album rules

Urinetrouble
April 19th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im comment hungry. coommmeeeeeentttttttttttttt

Zettel
April 19th 2010



582 Comments


Hey, man. This looks really interesting, but I would have loved more info on the music, because when it one thinks you are going deeper, you abruptly switch and end with the booklet info. Nice to see some jazz on here.

thebhoy
Emeritus
April 19th 2010



4459 Comments


yeah, you need to expand on the music section. There are a few typos too, such as "their" in the first paragraph, you put "there".

I like the inclusion of the last paragraph, but the middle is just really lacking in anything descriptive, other than it's bebop jazz and that the soloing is fluid and melodic. And that you never know where the solos are going, which is kind of strange for bebop, which is usually based on a harmonic structure. Basically you can just expand on this I think, but it's not badly written and I always likeing seeing jazz reviews that aren't from me.

Urinetrouble
April 19th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not able to edit my reviews. only have a work computer but thanks for the feedback. anybody else own this? i have very few jazz cds

thebhoy
Emeritus
April 19th 2010



4459 Comments


I've been meaning to get some Parker, probably should.

Urinetrouble
April 19th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

buy or download this. its completely worth it

its parker gillespie and monk. thats like a jazz supergroup

aguzman
June 19th 2012



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It is just amazing the contrast and fusion of sounds, it is quite a piece of great work.

Pheromone
March 6th 2014



3361 Comments


That album art Hngggg

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