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Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker - Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945 (Album Review)


"When I was first told of a new release from Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, I did not think much of it. Often, when introduced to “new” jazz releases, they are nothing more than compilations of material that I already own. However, something was different about this recording. It was receiving too much press. Eventhen, in 2005, I rarely if ever saw jazz receive this much publicity. And instantly I recognized what the fuss was all about.

This live recording by the great Parker and Gillespie at The Town Hall was monumental for two key reasons. Above all, it was legitimately fresh insomuch that it had been lost in the archives since its creation in 1945. This, of course, was a wondrous achievement within itself. With so much of music digitally restored and remastered, it was as if we had heard seemingly every possible recording from our favorite artists of yesteryear and yet, here we were blessed with new music.

Despite this revelation, the music itself provided so much more – musically and historically. With this recording, we were given the privilege to listen to the birth of Bop on record. The musical styling of Bebop had the most natural development imaginable. And this is a fitting point in that the subgenre itself is built upon fluidity and spontaneity. With the rise of Bop, fans were presented with rhythmic patterns that allowed for a rapid, swing-like tempo that made improvisational solos commonplace. Subsequently a higher level of musicianship was necessary and the world saw a rise in virtuosity amongst its performers. This was more than evident in the iconic recording that took place June 22, 1945 in New York City…”

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Courtesy of The Revivalist.