Music: New Jazz Records

Randy Weston Live at the Fivespot

(United Artists). A man guffaws, the audience cackles, and Pianist Weston and group are off on High Fly. Manhattan's Five Spot Cafe, where this recording was made, apparently attracts some of the most indefatigable gabblers on the club circuit, but what cuts across the vocal static is well worth listening to, especially Billy Strayhorn's Star Crossed Lovers (the only tune not by Weston), a plaintive exercise for sax and piano.

"Bird" Is Free (Charlie Parker; Charlie Parker Records). Saxophonist Parker was recorded at a concert dance in 1950, and despite the background murmur, he comes through warm...

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