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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive issue of legendary 1953 concert..., 20 May 2011
This is the true definitive version of the infamous May 15 1953 concert. Definitive because, unlike ALL earlier issues of 'jazz at massey hall', the concert is presented in the actual order of the performance. It also does not contain the overdubbed bass (which charlie mingus added later) and echo which darkened the sound quality of some of the previous versions. The sound quality of this version is faultless. The first three tracks: 'wee', 'hot house', 'a night in tunisia', feature the quintet: charlie parker (alto sax), dizzy gillespie (trumpet), bud powell (piano), charlie mingus (bass), max roach (drums). The 4th track (drum conversation)features Max Roach alone, tracks 5 to 10 features the Bud Powell Trio (just omit parker and gillespie). The quintet return for tracks 11 to 14: 'perdido', 'salt peanuts', 'all the things you are', '52nd street theme'. Bonus track 15 'bass-ically speaking' is a studio recording by Charlie Mingus recorded August 1953. The concert is legendary and often touted as the best jazz gig ever. Whether that holds up is open to debate but it is undoubtedly brilliant and essential for lovers of this period of jazz. It is legendary due mainly to the amazing music but also because of the following: Charlie Parker famously arrived without his saxophone and had to quickly locate one literally at the 11th hour - the only one he could get was a substandard plastic one; dizzy gillespie, when he wasn't playing, left the stage to watch the Rocky Marciano boxing fight on tv at a local bar, and Bud Powell was blind drunk throughout the performance. On the original vinyl release Charlie Parker was billed as Charlie Chan due to contractual obligations and his face was not shown on the album sleeve. 'Jazz at Massey Hall' was Charlie Parker's and Dizzy Gillespie's last concert together and they as well as the other quintet members were on the top of their game. Jazz at Massey Hall is a must have purchase.

Note: Amazon have omitted to show the track listing above. This version(Jazz Track Records 2009)contains the complete concert (14 live tracks + 1 bonus studio recording). The better known version available at nearly double the price is the 2003 release 'complete jazz at massey hall' on Jazz Factory Records - which contains the 14 live tracks with excellent sound quality but the performance is not presented in the correct order.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, yerblues, 30 May 2011
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I've currently got the version of Jazz at Massey Hall flagged as being a Decca (UMO) release by Amazon and entitled "debut records presents: The Quintet, Jazz at Massey Hall". It's only got 6 tracks, which I thought were great. Now I can't wait for the complete and authentic recording to arrive. Thanks for making my day!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The record I grew up on, 20 Nov 2013
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This is still the most exciting listen - full of joy, energy and the moment. I grew up with this and it still makes me jump off the furniture and bounce round the kitchen 40 years later.
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