Charlie Parker – One Night In Birdland (1950/2014)

Charlie Parker - One Night In Birdland (1950/2014)
Artist: Charlie Parker
Album: One Night In Birdland
Genre: Bop
Origin: USA
Released: 1950/2014
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Disc 1:
Wahoo (6:35)
‘Round Midnight (5:07)
This Time The Dream’s On Me (6:14)
Dizzy Atmosphere (6:53)
Night In Tunisia (5:38)
Move (6:30)
The Street Beat (9:30)

Disc 2:
Out Of Nowhere (6:20)
Little Willie Leaps / 52nd Street Theme (5:44)
Ornithology (7:51)
I’ll Remember April / 52nd Street Theme (9:24)
Embraceable You (6:20)
Cool Blues / 52nd Street Theme (9:06)


The recording date may be suspect (trumpeter Fats Navarro died of tuberculosis only a week later) and the recording quality is not state of the art but the music on this two-LP set is often quite brilliant. Charlie Parker is teamed with Navarro, pianist Bud Powell, bassist Curley Russell and drummer Art Blakey for extended (usually six- to ten-minute) versions of 13 songs including “‘Round Midnight” (the only time that Bird ever recorded a Thelonious Monk tune), “Move,” “Out of Nowhere” and “Ornithology.” The all-star lineup clearly inspired each other, making this two-fer well worth searching for.
Review by Scott Yanow