Bird At St. Nick's - Complete Edition
Charlie Parker (as), Red Rodney (tp), Wardell Grey (ts), Al Haig, Walter Bishop Jr. (p), Tommy Potter, Teddy Kottick (b), Roy Haynes (d)
One of Charlie Parker's most acclaimed live recordings compiled in its entirety on one set for the first time ever. This CD contains the complete "Bird at St. Nick's" album plus all of the additional material taped that same evening and previously issued separately on a long out of print set. As a bonus, it is added another rare private recording by Bird, including Sarah Vaughan as guest vocalist on "This is Always", which is particularly interesting in that it is Bird's only live version of this tune, and his only recording of it apart from the Dial studio takes with Earl Coleman's vocals.
The St. Nick's date was privately recorded by tenor saxophonist Don Lanphere with the collaboration of trombonist Jimmy Knepper (who was best known for his multiple collaborations with Charles Mingus and for being knocked out by Mingus during a dispute, Knepper also wrote the original liner notes for the first issue of St. Nicks).
Bird was relaxed on these recordings. His talent and invention transcends the obvious limitations of the recording quality.
01. I DIDNT KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS (2:37)
02. ORNITHOLOGY (3:30)
03. EMBRACEABLE YOU (2:20)
04. VISA (3:00)
05. I COVER THE WATERFRONT (1:46)
06. SCRAPPLE FROM THE APPLE (4:40)
07. STAR EYES into 52ND STREET THEME [I] (3:09)
08. CONFIRMATION (3:16)
09. OUT OF NOWHERE (2:19)
10. HOT HOUSE (3:49)
11. WHATS NEW (2:45)
12. NOWS THE TIME (4:18)
13. SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES into 52ND STREET THEME [II] (4:46)
14. 52ND STREET THEME [III] (3:28)
15. PERDIDO (3:29)
16. I CANT GET STARTED (1:19)
17. 52ND STREET THEME [IV] (2:58)
18. ANTHROPOLOGY (2:16)
19. 52ND STREET THEME [V] (0:34)
20. GROOVIN HIGH (4:29)
21. 52ND STREET THEME [VI] (0:27)
22. CHERYL (2:54)
23. COOL BLUES (3:39)
24. OUT OF NOWHERE (1:48)
25. THIS IS ALWAYS (3:34)
26. NOWS THE TIME (2:37)
27. SCRAPPLE FROM THE APPLE (2:26)
Total time: 78:22 min.
Tracks #1-13 from "Bird At St. Nick's" (Jazz Workshop JWS 500).
Personnel on tracks #1-22: Charlie Parker (as), Red Rodney (tp), Al Haig (p), Tommy Potter (b) and Roy Haynes (d). Recorded live at St. Nicholas Arena, New York, on February 18, 1950.
Personnel on tracks #23-27: Charlie Parker (as), Red Rodney (tp), Wardell Grey (ts), Walter Bishop Jr. (p), Teddy Kottick (b), Roy Haynes (d) and Sarah Vaughan (vcl on #25). Recorded at Veterans Administration Hospital, Philadelphia, June 1951.
"Veteran Charlie Parker collectors generally know that they should avoid all but his most famous live sessions. It is not that Parker plays badly on this CD reissue (in fact his solo on "Confirmation" is quite miraculous) [...] Bird (with trumpeter Red Rodney, pianist Al Haig, bassist Tommy Potter, and drummer Roy Haynes) plays quite well."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide