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Various Artists - Bebop: Pioneers & Classic Performances 1941-49

Various Artists - Bebop: Pioneers & Classic Performances 1941-49

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Bebop developed in the early to mid-1940, as the younger generation of jazz musicians expanded the creative possibilities of jazz beyond the popular, dance-oriented swing style with a new “musician’s music” that was not as danceable and demanded close listening.

As bebop was not intended for dancing, it enabled musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Kenny Clarke, Thelonious Monk, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Christian, Billy Eckstine and Bud Powell, to play at faster tempos.

This 3CD set comprises 70-tracks from these pioneers who first established this exciting musical movement. Compiled in chronological order, with a substantial booklet, the collection features recordings which are seen as significant performances in the genesis of bebop, or regarded as important or notable examples. They tracks have also been selected so that a significant proportion of the artists regarded as pioneers, innovators or noted exponents of bebop are represented in the collection.

On that basis, it features a host of great names not only in bebop but in the wider world of jazz, and offers a highly entertaining trawl across a dynamic jazz decade.

**** As Acrobat’s catalogue has evolved significantly and grown substantially over the years, this release repurposes some of the early albums. This release comprises the complete contents, plus some added titles, of three products released in our ACRCD range more than 15 years ago, and which offered the opportunity to assemble a nicely coherent product. Those ACRCD titles are: 117, 118 and 119, entitiled “Bebop Vols. 1, 2 & 3”.


Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 Hot Mallets Lionel Hampton With Dizzy Gillespie & Charile Christian


Solo Flight Benny Goodman Orchestra Featuring Charlie Christian
3 Good Enough To Keep (Airmail Special) Charlie Christian With Benny Goodman
4 Topsy [Charlie's Choice] [Swing To Bop] (Pt. 1) Minton's Jam Session
5 Woody'n You Coleman Hawkins & His Orch.
6 Kat's Fur Ben Webster Quartet
7 Tiny's Tempo Tiny Grimes Quintet
8 Flyin' Hawk Coleman Hawkins Quartet
9 Opus X Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra
10 Stuffy Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra
11 Salt Peanuts Dizzy Gillespie
12 Hot House Dizzy Gillespie Quintet
13 Lover Man Sarah Vaughan With Dizzy Gillespie & His All Star Quintet
14 Oop Bop Sh'bam Dizzy Gillespie Sextet
15 The Street Beat Sir Charles (Thompson) & His All Stars
16 Blue And Sentimental Don Byas All Stars
17 Blow Mr Dexter Dexter Gordon's All Stars
18 Koko Charlie Parker's Re-Boppers
19 Now's The Time Charlie Parker
20 Boyd Meets Stravinsky Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
21 Long Tall Dexter Dexter Gordon Quintet
22 Second Balcony Jump Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra
23 Anthropology Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra
24 Spotlite Coleman Hawkins & His 52nd Street All Stars
Disc 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Allen's Alley 52nd Street Allstars with Allen Eager
2 Night In Tunisia Charlie Parker Septet
3 Yard Dog Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra
4 Mad Bebop Jay Jay Johnson's BeBoppers
5 Opus De Bop Stan Getz & The Be-Bop Boys
6 Lester's Bebop Lester Young Quintet
7 Royal Roost Kenny Clarke & His 52nd Street Boys
8 52nd Street Theme Kenny Clarke & His 52nd Street Boys
9 Fat Boy Parts 1 & 2 The Be-Bop Boys
10 Hesitation Blues Mary Lou Williams' Trio
11 Midnight At Minton's Howard McGhee
12 Jammin' With Lester Lester Young
13 Off Minor Bud Powell
14 Bud's Bubble Bud Powell
15 Goin' To Minton's Fats Navarro & His Thin Men
16 Boppin' The Blues Lucky Thompson & His Lucky Seven
17 Donna Lee Charlie Parker All-Stars with Miles Davis
18 Cheryl Charlie Parker With Miles Davis & Bud Powell
19 Babik (Be-Bop) Django Reinhardt
20 The Chase Dexter Gordon And Wardell Gray
21 Milestones Miles Davis with Charlie Parker
22 Little Willie Leaps Miles Davis All Stars
23 Dameronia Tadd Dameron Sextet
Disc 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Be Bop Romp Fats Navarro
2 Thelonious Thelonious Monk Sextet
3 Donna Lee Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra
4 Scrapple From The Apple Charlie Parker Quintet
5 Midnight Sun Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
6 Round Midnight Thelonious Monk Quartet
7 Bop Red Norvo Septet
8 Half Step Down, Please Coleman Hawkins & His All Stars
9 Yardbird Suite Claude Thornhill Orchestra
10 How High The Moon Ella Fitzgerald
11 Leap Here Metronome All Stars
12 Keen And Peachy Woody Herman & His Orchestra
13 Four Brothers Woody Herman & His Second Herd
14 Just Cooling Lester Young
15 Manteca Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
16 That's Where I Came In Mel Torme
17 Epistrophy Thelonious Monk Quartet
18 Symphonette Tadd Dameron Septet
19 Stealin' Apples Benny Goodman With Fats Navarro & Wardell Gray
20 Tin Tin Deo James Moody & His Modernists
21 Boplicity Miles Davis
22 Sonny Boy Mel Torme
23 Twisted Wardell Gray Quartet
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