The first three tracks were recorded by Charlie Parker for Dial Records in one session. In track one, he plays Jerome Kern's All The Things You Are melody. In tracks two and three, recorded minutes after the first, except for the beginning introduction, he completely dispenses with the original melody, and invents his own (twice).
Track four is from the famous Massey Hall concert played by the super band of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach. Both Parker, Gillespie and Powell all take solos that last several choruses, much longer than the one or two choruses they would limit themselves to when recording in the studio, during the era before LP records.
There's funny byplay between Gillespie and Parker on this. Gillespie quotes the donkey call from Ferde Grofe's "On The Trail" during the course of his solo. At the end of the tune, after they change tempo to play a snatch of the "52nd Street Theme" to signal the end of the set, Parker ends with a series of saxophone hee-haws, to answer Dizzy's quote.
Track five has tenor saxophonist Don Byas doing an expansive uptempo version.
Phineas Newborn Jr. does a three minutes of piano fantasy before bass and drums joins and then another solo minute to end it.
Track six is Joe Pass playing solo guitar.
Pat Metheny does track seven with bassist Dave Holland and drummer Roy Haynes. From Metheny's album "Question And Answer".
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