Between March 1, 1947 and July 11, 1948, legendary groupie Dean Benedetti tailed Charlie Parker from New York to L.A. and logged some 461 live recordings of the saxophonist. I know that these meticulously organized and annotated 78-rpm albums--now digitally scrubbed and available on Mosaic records--are an indispensable part of Bird's legend. But it wasn't until October 10, 2000, during the second set at St. Paul's Dakota Bar & Grill, that I finally fully understood Benedetti's... More >>>