℗ © 2008 Concord Music Group, Inc.
When Charlie Parker died, people who never had done anything in recognition of his great talent, suddenly rushed to the mourner’s bench and delivered eulogies. This record is by musicians who knew him intimately, appreciated him tremendously during his lifetime and felt his loss far more acutely than any of the self-styled sufferers. This is a simple tribute in the form of a medley composed of seven tunes that were recorded and, for the most part, played often by Parker.
The medley was chosen by Sonny Rollins, the most important saxophonist carrying on and enriching the Parker tradition. Sonny also chose the musicians to help him play the tribute. At the time, the five together embodied the Max Roach Quintet. Leader Roach and Kenny Dorham had played with Parker in his quintets and were well qualified to take part in the tribute. While Wade Legge and George Morrow never worked with Bird, their playing is in keeping with the tenets of the Parker tradition. Oddly enough, the seven tunes are all from the post-1950 Parker repertoire.
Recorded October 5, 1956 at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ.
Sonny Rollins - tenor saxophone
Kenny Dorham - trumpet
Wade Legge - piano
George Morrow - bass
Max Roach - drums
Reissue producers: Nick Phillips and Bob Porter
Recording and remastering engineer: Rudy Van Gelder