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The Complete Benedetti Recordings of Charlie Parker (#129)Mosaic Records Limited Edition Box Set
“A major discovery in the world of art"- Wayne Thompson, The Oregonian
7 CDs - $112.00
The story behind the myth begins in March of '47.
Bird took an extended gig at the Hi-De-Ho in Los Angeles with Howard McGhee, Hampton Hawes, Addison Farmer and Roy Porter. Bird was healthy, having just come out of Camarillo State Hospital, and he was at the peak of his powers. When a saxophone player/amateur recordist named Dean Benedetti heard him, he was awestruck. Benedetti approached Bird and asked for permission to run a disc recorder during the sets. Bird agreed, and Benedetti began! To preserve disc space, Benedetti would start the machine when Bird was soloing, and stop the machine as soon as the solo was over. Benedetti used a mike, placed right in front of Bird's instrument, and except for Bird and the bass directly behind him, little else was captured on disc.
Using this technique, Benedetti recorded nearly four hours of concentrated Bird solos over a two-week period, with the sound varying from quite poor to fairly good. Bird's musical ideas, however, are never less than brilliant.
On to New York.
Later in '47, Bird returned to New York, and Benedetti followed. This time, however, Benedetti had an early model tape recorder. He taped Bird one night at the Onyx and another at the Three Deuces (where in one segment, we hear Monk coming out of the audience to teach Bird how to play "Straight, No Chaser"). The quality of the New York recordings is quite good, and they account for fully half of this collection.
These are the Benedetti recordings in their entirety, and after 40 years of rumor, speculation and debate, they are at last available to the world.
Everything is transferred directly from the original discs and tapes by legendary engineer Jack Towers and coproducer Phil Schaap. The 48-page booklet includes musical transcriptions by Benedetti and others, essays by Phil Schaap on Parker's life during this period, a biography of Dean Benedetti by Bob Porter, a musical analysis by Parker authority James Patrick, and Phil Schaap's complete annotated discography of all the music in the set.
This set is our first Mosaic Unlimited release. Since we own, rather than lease, the rights to these recordings, we are not restricted in any way as to the number of sets we can make available.
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“Fellow pilgrims, the quest for the legendary Dean Benedetti collection has ended. Presented on these 7 CDs, this collection is not for dilettantes. To those, however, who understand and appreciate Parker as a genius, I can unreservedly recommend it.” – Ira Gitler, Jazz Times
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In the age of microsizing, every Mosaic Records Box Set booklet is still 11 x 11 inches to allow our customers to appreciate all the extras we put into printing them (and for easier reading).
Everything is transferred directly from the original discs and tapes by legendary engineer Jack Towers and coproducer Phil Schaap.
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This 48 page large booklet contains many great photos of Bird from the personal collection of Jimmy Knepper and Rick Benedetti as well as photogoraghs courtesy of the Frank Driggs collection.
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"The Dial recordings can be called Parker's bible. No doubt about it. The Benedetti recordings are perhaps the Dead Sea Scrolls."
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