Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945 (Uptown Records UPCD 27.51)Buy Track
Recorded: Live at Town Hall, New York, June 22, 1945.
With their landmark first studio session still warm on the shelves, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker treated a New York audience with a thrilling performance of their new and innovative style of jazz, which would soon be known as bebop. Recently discovered, this live set presents Gillespie and Parker at the height of their powers. Gillespie delivers a marvelously articulate solo on his most celebrated composition, A Night In Tunisia, displaying astonishing agility and control in all registers of his trumpet. His quick-fingered, spitfire runs and harmonic eccentricities dramatically revolutionized trumpet playing, and his talent has not been surpassed since.
Chet Baker (with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet)
Deep In a Dream: The Ultimate Chet Baker Collection (Blue Note 35937)Buy Track
Recorded: Los Angeles, September 2, 1952
Trumpeter Chet Baker was and will forever be the poster boy for West Coast cool jazz. His introverted, plaintive tone and relaxed, lyrical style was strikingly different from his fiery contemporaries such as Dizzy Gillespie and Clifford Brown. Bakers treatment of My Funny Valentine, painfully romantic and hauntingly beautiful, thrust him atop the trumpet polls in 1952. His humble interpretation of the melody creates an extraordinarily intimate atmosphere, compelling listeners to hold their breath in fear of creating the slightest disturbance. One of the most captivating and magical ballad performances in all of jazz.