"If you play the saxophone, THIS IS A MUST HAVE ALBUM! If you like the saxophone this is a really, really should have album. Norman Granz produced many of his JATP (Jazz at the Philharmonic) titles featuring top names. This recording is akin to those. Johnny Hodge's solo on Funky Blues is featured above in the recording and it is so great! I can't believe that the listing on this CD doesn't talk about having Parker, Hodges, Carter, Ben Webster, Flip Phillips, Charlie Shavers and an All-Star rhythm section. BTW, there are really only FOUR (4) tracks on this CD. One of them is a medley of the ballads, each player being featured on a tune."
"This album comes as a pleasant surprise on several levels. I thought my collection of Charlie Parker recordings was as complete as it needed to be--most of the Dial and Savoy masters and alternate takes, lots of air shots, the fabled solos on "Embraceable You" and "Night in Tunisia," and of course the historic Massey Hall concert, later billed as the "World's Greatest Jazz Concert." But as impressive as all those recordings are, they distance the listener in ways that may fuel the cult aura surrounding Bird and contribute to his legendary status but hardly atone for my inability to see and hear him performing live. The truncated solos of the 78 rpm recordings, the very "lo fi" audio, the predictable bebop repertory all served to provoke and tantalize as much as satisfy curiosity about his genius.
"Jam Session" is the only album I've heard that presents Charlie Parker in familiar company with room to stretch out and with microphones capable of capturing the moment with the versimilitude expected by today's listeners. Supported by Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown and sharing solo space with 4 progenitors of the saxophone, all of whom would ironically outlive him, Bird sounds both relaxed and in control, a musician who doesn't need to prove anything to anybody, but just playing for the fun of it. It's a rare, humanizing glimpse of a legend who proves no less mortal than his bandmates."
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