Born from early 40s Harlem club jams, bebop’s punk-presaging earthquake set a blueprint for the future (incurring hostility from traditionalists) as jazz’s modernist superstars unleashed quicksilver horn dogfights over rapid-fire grooves. Inestimably influential alto genius Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie’s last joint session was June 1950, New York, when, with visionary shape-shifting pianist Thelonious Monk, drummer Buddy Rich and bassist Curley Russell, they revisited recent material. Two 1949 Bird recordings completed the 10”. By this LP’s 1956 UK release, Bird was dead. KN
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