Tom Harrison – alto saxophone
Cleveland Watkiss – vocals
Quentin Collins – trumpet
Robert Mitchell – piano
Alex Davis – bass
Dave Hamblett – drums
Charlie Parker has been immortalised within the Jazz world, widely regarded as one the greatest saxophonist to have ever been. “Bird” was a pioneer in the Bebop movement. After years of playing the Kansas City jazz scene he and his band toured Chicago and New York, where he decided to stay.
It was in New York that he recorded Bird and Diz with one of the greatest trumpeters of all time: Dizzy Gillespie. Dizzy born in South Carolina was a virtuoso horn player whose bent horn, pouched cheeks, beret and warm hearted personality were essential in popularising bebop.
The final studio album between Parker and Gillespie, “Bird and Diz” is the best example of their work which modernised and redefined jazz. As well as the aggressive; almost competitive playing from Parker and Gillespie, the album features production from Norman Granz and inimitable performances from Theolonius Monk (piano) Buddy Rich (drums), and Max Roach (drums).