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Original recordings, complete editions, 24-bit digitally remastered, comprehensive booklets.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

1 Glad Lad
2 Blue Leo
3 Let Me Tell You ''Bout It
4 VI
5 Parker''s Pals
6 Low Brown
7 TCTB
8 The Lion''s Roar (Version 1)
9 Low Brown (Long Version)
10 Mona Lisa
11 Who''s Mad
12 Darn That Dream
13 I Cross My Fingers
14 Mad Lad Returns
15 Leo''s Bells
16 Sweet Talkin'' Leo
17 Swinging for Love
18 The New Look

Disc: 2

1 The Lion''s Roar (Version 2)
2 Bad Girl
3 Rollin'' with Leo
4 Music Hall Beat
5 Jumpin'' Leo
6 Talkin'' the Blues
7 Stuffy
8 Mad Lad Returns
9 Piccadilly Circus
10 There Will Never Be Another You
11 What Will I Do?
12 Billy in the Lion''s Den
13 Fine and Dandy
14 Just You, Just Me
15 Down to Earth
16 May I?
17 Get Hot
18 Stuffy
19 Solitude

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rick from Boston
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
The Mad Lad roars off into the sunset on this re issue of his last sessions.
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2016
I owned both albums, "let me tell you about it'', and "rollin'' with Leo" on vinyl so I was glad to see I could pick them up as a 2 disc set. What I didn''t know was that it would be a 2 disc set with lots of extra tracks and great liner notes. Leo never got the... See more
I owned both albums, "let me tell you about it'', and "rollin'' with Leo" on vinyl so I was glad to see I could pick them up as a 2 disc set. What I didn''t know was that it would be a 2 disc set with lots of extra tracks and great liner notes. Leo never got the respect he deserved, probably because his drug habit kept him from his full potential. He made a name for himself in the 40''s playing with the Billy Eckstine orchestra, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Illinois Jacquet, Gene Ammons, and other boppers,picking up the nickname "The mad lad" on the way. The bulk of the material on these 2 discs are from his come back sessions in 1961. He actually died before the second session (Rollin'' with Leo) was released.He was playing very well on these dates and the tracks were a mix of some original songs by some of his sidemen and remakes of earlier material he had done in the 40''s. It''s all pretty much up-tempo goodness and will keep your feet tapping and a smile on your face. One can only guess where he would have gone had he lived to kick his career into high gear again.
Now for the bonus tracks. Disc one concludes with excellent tracks from 1948 and 1950 that feature Oscar Pettiford, Max Roach, Charlie Rouse, Joe Newman and others. Exciting tracks. Disc two features 11 tracks with guitarist Bill Jennings recorded for the King label in 1954. So you end up getting a nice over view of his earlier material and his last material. The quality was always there!
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Stuart JeffersonTop Contributor: The Beatles
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"I''M SURE WE WILL BE HEARING MORE FROM THE LAD IN THE FUTURE." FROM THE LINER NOTES.
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2015
This is a remastered reissue of Parker''s two albums for Blue Note before he died shortly afterwards. The sound is very good--warm, clean, and fairly open. The 20 page booklet is very nice--packed with information on Parker, the music, and even has the original liner... See more
This is a remastered reissue of Parker''s two albums for Blue Note before he died shortly afterwards. The sound is very good--warm, clean, and fairly open. The 20 page booklet is very nice--packed with information on Parker, the music, and even has the original liner notes from both albums, plus period photos. If you haven''t heard Leo Parker smokin'' on his baritone sax, and you like that "Blue Note sound" from the ''50s/''60s, this is a good set to own. Plus you get a number of earlier tracks which show what Parker sounded like in the late''40s/early ''50s with players like Roach, Pettiford, Haig, Newman, Rouse, Sir C. Thompson, Bill Jennings, and a few others.

Why is Leo Parker''s name not included in the Penguin Guide To Jazz? Or in the biography of the Blue Note label? Or the recent thick tome also about the Blue Note label? His name can''t be found, except in very brief afterthoughts when another musician is be written about, just about anywhere. Hmmm. The music on these two Blue Note albums was never released until many years after they were recorded. "Rollin'' With Leo" didn''t appear until 18 years after it was recorded. And four months after recording "Let Me Tell You ''Bout It" Parker died. And that album wasn''t issued until 20 years later. Apparently Blue Note boss Alfred Lion didn''t approve of Parker''s drug habit and kept the albums back.

Both albums were recorded almost back to back in 1961 by Rudy Van Gelder. Both sets have Parker fronting a small band of good players--though relatively unknown--who were steeped in straight forward hard-bop. With at least one other horn to flesh out the music and a piano player who could comp or solo when needed, his bands were actually very good. Parker could swing ferociously when needed and could play sensitive, blues-based hard-bop at other times. His tone on that big baritone sax was deep, powerful, and exciting. The blues were never too far away which gives his music a deep balance between swing and slower stuff.

So if you''re a fan of that "Blue Note sound" and haven''t heard Leo Parker, do yourself a favor and check him out. He seems to be largely forgotten about today which is a crime. When jazz fans mention people like Grant Green and/or Hank Mobley not getting the attention they deserved, I just mention Parker''s name (or Herbie Nichols) and they go quiet. Yes, his two Blue Note albums are available individually, but with this set you also get to hear him in small bands years before he singed on to Blue Note.

Once you hear his music you too will wonder why Parker isn''t more well known among jazz fans. And these two albums are the proof.
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David KeymerTop Contributor: Rock Music
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A CONSIDERABLE TALENT CUT SHORT
Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2017
PARKER, Leo. The Last Sessions. Phono. Orig. 1961; reissued 2015. 2 CDs. CD 1: cuts 1-9: LP, bari sx; John Burks, tpt; Bill Swindell, ten sx; Yusef Salim, p; Stan Conover, b; Purnell Rice, dr; cuts 10-14: LP; Al Haig, p; Oscar Pettiford, b; Max Roach or Jack Parker,... See more
PARKER, Leo. The Last Sessions. Phono. Orig. 1961; reissued 2015. 2 CDs. CD 1: cuts 1-9: LP, bari sx; John Burks, tpt; Bill Swindell, ten sx; Yusef Salim, p; Stan Conover, b; Purnell Rice, dr; cuts 10-14: LP; Al Haig, p; Oscar Pettiford, b; Max Roach or Jack Parker, dr; cuts 15-18: LP; Joe Newman, tpt; Charlie Rouse, ten sx; Sir Charles Thompson, p; Al Lucas, b; Jack Parker, dr. CD 2: cuts 1-8: LP; Dave Burns, tpt; Bill Swindell, ten sx; Johnny Acea, p; Al Lucas or Stan Conover, b; Wilbert Hogan or Purnell Rice, dr. cuts 9-19: LP; Bill Jennings, guit; Andrew Johnson, p; Joe Williams, b; George DeHart, dr.

Leo Parker was a considerable figure on the emergent bop scene of the late 40s and early 50s. Then drugs derailed his career. He bowed out of playing but reemerged five (seven?) years later, supposedly clean of drugs, to perform again. That was in 1961. Shortly after he recorded the two sessions that are the core of this collection, he died of a heart attack, probably the result of an overdose. He was found sprawled in a hotel bathtub. No more Leo! He was 36.

Parker wasn’t original in the sense that Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie or Bud Powell or Monk were but he was a first-rate soloist and, for his time, one of the few players of the unwieldy baritone horn who could play the fast-moving tricky harmonics of bop. His sound --gruff and rich, influenced by Illinois Jacquet-- was a minor treasure of that music. Since he died young and for a long period didn’t record, these recordings are especially valuable. And they’re good. The sessions aren’t unalloyed gold but when Parker’s in front, they come close to it. If it weren’t for Parker, these would be throwaway sessions: with obscure players playing adequately but not at all originally (trumpeters Burks and Burns, tenor sax player Swindell) or playing not well at all. (If you want to hear how piano, bass and drums should not be heard when soloing, listen to CD1, cuts 1-9. Another weakness, the melodies played are just riff-based heads, wholly unmemorable. When Parker steps up though and starts to solo, you’re glad you’re listening. He’s fluent and forceful on up tunes and sounds like a lower voiced Coleman Hawkins at more stately tempos. If any comparison with another player can be made, it’s probably with the later bari player, Pepper Adams. They offer the same combination of fiery and balladic and both had a beautiful and distinctive sound. It’s a shame Parker wasn’t around longer because he was a considerable talent. His merging of the older swing-based playing a la Jacquet and Hawkins with the newer bop music promised exciting things.

The two “last” sessions are fleshed out with cuts from three older sessions in this two-CD collection. On five of these cuts, Parker finally gets to perform with players of his own caliber: pianist Al Haig, the great bassist Oscar Pettiford and the legendary drummer Max Roach. Four more cuts feature trumpeter Joe Newman, tenorist Charlie Rouse and pianist Sir Charles Thompson, all above average musicians of their day. For the rest, Parker is lumbered with playing with musicians well below his pay grade.
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There is real emotion and talent in his horn. ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2016
There is real emotion and talent in his horn. The sadness is in his early departure which rarefies his art with what might of been given time to develop and evolve is music.
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John M.
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Early 1960''s Blue Note
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2017
The 12 inch LP tracks are pretty good with unheralded big band tenorman Bill Swindell, stealing the show on both sessions. Trumpeter John Burks is a breath of fresh air on the tracks that he solos on in the first session. Swindell too lays out on Blue Leo, Parkers feature.... See more
The 12 inch LP tracks are pretty good with unheralded big band tenorman Bill Swindell, stealing the show on both sessions. Trumpeter John Burks is a breath of fresh air on the tracks that he solos on in the first session. Swindell too lays out on Blue Leo, Parkers feature. Dave Burns is the trumpeter on the second session but does not play in the style that he did when he was a member of the James Moody Septet. I Can''t Tell You ''bout the other tracks I just have these individual CDs
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JonnyDee
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Beautiful Bopping Baritone
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 10, 2015
I am an unashamed lover of the sound of a Baritone Sax -so guttoral and meaty - and this man is a wonderful exponent of it . He provides us , in this double CD, with an abundance of tremendously earthy performances in a wide variety of line-ups - some containing members who...See more
I am an unashamed lover of the sound of a Baritone Sax -so guttoral and meaty - and this man is a wonderful exponent of it . He provides us , in this double CD, with an abundance of tremendously earthy performances in a wide variety of line-ups - some containing members who are hardly household names - like Bill Swindell (tenor sax) and John Burns and Dave Burns (trumpets) - and they all play their parts in providing very healthy support to their leader , Leo Parker. There are extracts from two other recordings providing back-up/supplement to the two main recordings featured on the CD, and those "Bonus Tracks" feature such luminaries as Al Haig, Oscar Pettiford,Max Roach, Charlie Rouse and Joe Newman - so you get an aweful lot for your money!
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