Classic Be-Bop, Vol. 1

Classic Be-Bop, Vol. 1

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Overview

Designed as an introductory sampler to early bebop, this CD has good intentions. Two errors should be pointed out: this rendition of Charlie Parker's "Ko Ko" is not the famous 1945 studio rendition but is taken from a 1948 broadcast, and Sarah Vaughan's "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (with Miles Davis) is from 1950, not 1945. Music-wise, there are quite a few gems among the dozen performances, and even if the selections are not in chronological or even necessarily logical order (so they would probably would not convert many detractors), it is enjoyable to hear these innovative performances. The contents are Charlie Parker playing "Groovin' High" (from the Royal Roost), Dizzy Gillespie's "Be Bop," Thelonious Monk's "Epistrophy," the Be-Bop Boys' "Serenade to a Square," Parker's "Ko Ko," the Billy Eckstine Big Band's "Opus X" (the earliest selection), J.J. Johnson's "Mad Bebop," Sarah Vaughan's "Nice Work If You Can Get It," Sonny Stitt on "Sonny Side," Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray battling it out on "The Chase," Bud Powell (with Fats Navarro and Sonny Rollins) on "Bouncing With Bud" and the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra playing the original version of "Things to Come."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/17/1997
Label: Mvp Records
UPC: 0601795001625
catalogNumber: 50016

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Eckstine   Track Performer
Dizzy Gillespie   Track Performer
Dexter Gordon   Track Performer
Wardell Gray   Track Performer
Bud Powell   Track Performer
Sonny Stitt   Track Performer
J.J. Johnson   Track Performer
Thelonious Monk   Track Performer
Charlie Parker   Track Performer
Sarah Vaughan   Track Performer
Be Bop Boys   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Gil Fuller   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Dexter Gordon   Composer
Wardell Gray   Composer
Bud Powell   Composer
John Malachi   Composer
Gray Jones   Concept
Sebastian Jones   Concept

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