Bird and Diz

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Bird and Diz
Studio album by Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie
Released 1952 (1952)
Recorded February–May 5, 1949
and June 6, 1950
New York City, New York
Genre Jazz, bebop
Length 24:58 (Original LP)
44:52 (Remaster)
Label Clef/Verve
MG C-512
Producer Norman Granz
Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie chronology
Diz 'N' Bird In Concert
(1947)
Bird and Diz
(1952)
Jazz at Massey Hall
(1953)
Reissue covers
1986 reissue
1997 Verve remaster edition
2007 Verve reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All About Jazz (favorable)[1]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Down Beat 4/5 stars[3]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]
Virgin Encyclopedia 4/5 stars[6]

Bird and Diz is a studio album by jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, recorded primarily on June 6, 1950 in New York City.[7] Two tracks featured on the original pressing, "Passport" and "Visa", were recorded by Parker, without Gillespie and with a different personnel than that of the other tracks, in March and May 1949.[8] The album was originally issued in 1952 in 10" format as a collection of 78 rpm singles on the Verve subsidiary label Clef Records.[9][10]

While it was produced by Norman Granz, who was known for his preference of large ensembles at the time,[11] the album contains compositions performed with the standard bebop instrumentation of saxophone, trumpet, piano, bass, and drums.[12] In a 1952 four-star review of Bird and Diz, a Down Beat magazine columnist wrote of Granz's contribution to the album's sound, stating "Though there is no mention of bop in Norman Granz'[s] notes, we owe him a salvo for reminding us through this LP that this music is still very much alive."[3] It serves as the final collaborative studio recording by Parker and Gillespie.[7] The album has been reissued several times by Verve and PolyGram Records.[12]

Track listing[edit]

Included on the original LP, "Passport" and "Visa" were omitted from the reissue because they were not recorded during the 1950 Bird and Diz session.

Side one[edit]

Track Recorded Song Number Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 6/6/50 C 410-4 Bloomdido Charlie Parker 3:25
2. 6/6/50 C 413-2 My Melancholy Baby Ernie M. Burnett and George A. Norton 3:24
3. 6/6/50 C 415-4 Relaxin' with Lee Charlie Parker 2:47
4. 5/5/49 C 295-2 Passport Charlie Parker 3:00

Side two[edit]

Track Recorded Song Number Song Title Writer Time
1. 6/6/50 C 414-11 Leap Frog Benny Harris and Charlie Parker 2:29
2. 6/6/50 C 411-4 An Oscar for Treadwell Charlie Parker 3:23
3. 6/6/50 C 412-6 Mohawk Charlie Parker 3:35
4. 2/3/49 C 293-4 Visa Charlie Parker 2:55

Remaster[edit]

The Verve/PolyGram remaster editions feature 18 additional takes and liner notes by music scholar James Patrick and producer Norman Granz.

  1. "Bloomdido" – 3:25
  2. "My Melancholy Baby" – 3:24
  3. "Relaxin' with Lee" – 2:47
  4. "Leap Frog" – 2:29
  5. "An Oscar for Treadwell" – 3:23
  6. "Mohawk" – 3:35
  7. "My Melancholy Baby (Complete Take)" – 3:17
  8. "Relaxin' With Lee (Take 4 Complete Take)" – 3:56
  9. "Leap Frog (Take 11 Complete Take)" – 2:34
  10. "Leap Frog (Take 8 Complete Take)" – 2:02
  11. "Leap Frog (Take 9 Complete Take)" – 2:06
  12. "An Oscar for Treadwell (Take 4 Complete Take)" – 3:21
  13. "Mohawk (Take 3 Complete Take)" – 3:48
  14. "Relaxin' With Lee (Take 1 Breakdown Take)" – 0:17
  15. "Relaxin' With Lee (Take 2 Breakdown Take)" – 1:08
  16. "Relaxin' With Lee (Take 3 False Start)" – 0:04
  17. "Relaxin' With Lee (Take 5 Breakdown Take)" – 0:24
  18. "Leap Frog (Take 1 Breakdown Take)" – 0:26
  19. "Leap Frog (Take 7 Breakdown Take)" – 0:14
  20. "Leap Frog (Take 10 Breakdown Take)" – 0:40
  21. "Leap Frog (Take 2 Breakdown Take)" – 0:18
  22. "Leap Frog (Take 6 Breakdown Take)" – 0:20
  23. "Leap Frog (Take 4 Breakdown Take)" – 0:13
  24. "Leap Frog (Take 3 Breakdown Take)" – 0:41

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All About Jazz review
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ a b Columnist. "Review of Bird & Diz". Down Beat: March 1952.
  4. ^ Penguin Guide to Jazz review
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ Virgin Encyclopedia review
  7. ^ a b Patrick, James (1997), pp. 1–3.
  8. ^ Mercury Records Collection - Numerical Listing of Mercury Analogue LPs: MG C-512 Bird & Diz. Microgroove. Retrieved on 2009-06-22.
  9. ^ Chell, Samuel. Review of Bird & Diz. All About Jazz. Retrieved on 2009-06-22.
  10. ^ Clef Records Catalog - The Jazz Scene, JATP, 100, 500 series: MGC 512 Bird And Diz. Jazz Discography Project. Retrieved on 2009-06-22.
  11. ^ Anderson, Rick. Review: Bird and Diz. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-06-22.
  12. ^ a b Patrick, James (1997), pp. 5–6.

References[edit]

  • Personnel/recorded date/master numbers confirmed with the Ruppli's discography.
    Michel Ruppli, Ed Novitsky (1993). The Mercury Labels — A Discography. Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-27371-5. 
  • Bird and Diz album liner notes by James Patrick, Norman Granz. PolyGram Records Inc. 

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