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Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker: Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945

In a bit of hype worthy of Symphony Sid Torin-or People magazine-the New York Times lauded this long-lost recording as “the Rosetta Stone of bebop.” It’s not.

It is a helluva find, though. Joining Diz and Bird are Max Roach on drums, Al Haig on piano and Curley Russell on bass. A fish-out-of-water Sid Catlett sits in for Roach on a couple of tracks, and the underrated tenor saxophonist Don Byas replaces a late-arriving Bird on the opening “Bebop.”

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