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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best version ever!, 12 Jan 2005
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Mr. I. Ward (Coulter, South Lanarkshire, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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this is the best version currently available of this classic concert not only do you get the best sound (24 bit mastered) but you get all tracks recorded that night,in order they were performed and in addition the cd has been mastered with charlie mingus bass overdubs left out (he overdubbed his bass later in the studio making for a less vibrant sound)this makes the sound more natural (to my ears at least)the best bebop live recording just got even better BUY IT NOW!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best Quintet, 18 Nov 2010
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This must be one of the best jazz records of all time.

Bird and Dizzy at their peak and well supported by Messrs Mingus, Powell and Roach.

What more can one say about this recording?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 18 July 2007
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Suroor Alikhan "suroora" (Geneva, Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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This is one of the classic jazz recordings. The quintet consisted of Charlie Parker on sax, Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Charles Mingus on bass, Bud Powell on piano and Max Roach on drums. The lead-up to the concert itself was apparently a bit of a shambles, but the music is pretty amazing.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Jazz at Massey Hall, 22 Jan 2007
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Mr. Paul Arthur Cambridge (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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A 'must have' CD. This (in)famous concert has 5 of the greatest jazz muscians of the day live in concert! No rehersal, Parker on a plastic alto - it's still brilliant! If it not in your jazz collection, I have to ask why!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is jazz history!, 18 Oct 2014
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I've had this album for many years despite only reviewing it now (been busy). For those who are over bothered by the quality of recording this CD is not for you. This concert was not recorded professionally but by Charles Mingus and Max Roach themselves. The cosequence is that the balance is pretty awful. There is virtually no bass to be heard (Mingus did make an overdubbed version, but this is the original) and the drums are quite dominant and except for the trio recordings the piano is rather lost too. Yet I award this CD five stars!
The presence of five "gods" of bebop on stage together is a unique occasion in jazz history. The circumstances of the concert session in Totonto is described in some detail in the accompanying booklet: the fact that Parker and Gillespie hadn't spoken for several years; the fact that Parker had to hire a plastic alto; the fact that Bud Poell was released from a mental institution under supervision; the fact that Powell and Parker were drunk as newts; that Dizzy Gillespie kept leaving the stage to find the result of a boxing match. Yet this concert occurred. Half a dozen of the tracks are the quintet, one a drum feature, the others by the Bud Powell trio (with CM and MR).
Forget the sound quality and listen to the music. Despite the impediments these guys are on top form and play together as if they had actually rehearsed...they hadn't, of course!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique gig thankfully preserved, 6 July 2013
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This was the only time that five of the pioneers of be-bop played together, so the CD is an invaluable record of a unique and important occasion. Although the first half of the gig sounds what it is (an unrehearsed improvised set, with all the rawness that implies), by the second half they have settled into a groove where their playing is seemless and totally at one with each other. Musically, that is the more satisfying set, but it is all worth hearing. The highlight for me is the concluding number 'A Night in Tunisia', which has got to be a definitive take on Gillespie's classic. Those who recorded and then issued this record of a very special occasion deserve our thanks and gratitude.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and very useful, 21 April 2012
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If you want a recording of the famous and, in my view, often over-rated Massey Hall concert, then this is the one for you. Unless you are prepared to pay £70 or so for the set on Debut which, I believe, has the music as it was recorded before Mingus mucked about with it, re-recording his bass and so on, then this is your best bet. If you want to know the actual sequence of music then it is vital. The MC announcements make it clear that the usual order of events is not accurate.

John H Griffin
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