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Ten CDs, 175 tracks and 625 minutes comprising Charlie Parker's complete recordings for the Verve label, recordings on which Parker-under the watchful eye of Verve impresario Norman Granz-grafted his bebop innovations on to Afro-Cuban motifs, classically-tinged pieces and even the ever-controversial string sections. The set features almost two hours of unreleased music, as well as live tracks with Ella Fitzgerald, a superlative supporting cast of Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Buddy Rich, Lester Young, Max Roach and more, and a 24-page booklet. From the opening track, Sweet Georgia Brown , to the I Love Paris finale, a hugely influential and challenging body of work.

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This 10-CD set collects all of Parker's recordings for Norman Granz's various labels, beginning with an isolated Jazz at the Philharmonic appearance in 1946. Parker recorded exclusively for Granz beginning in late 1948, and the relationship continued to his final studio session in 1954. While the most brilliant flowers of Parker's creativity bloomed before that contract began, this set documents in meticulous detail Bird's longest relationship with a single record company and a period in which he was the most influential musician in jazz. While labels such as Savoy and Dial had been limited to recording Parker in the small groups he worked with regularly, Granz's greater resources allowed Parker to undertake the more expansive projects he sought, such as the famous recordings with strings, heard here in their entirety. Granz also recorded Parker with many of the giants of the Swing Era who made up his roster, and there are performances with many of Parker's original influences, such as Johnny Hodges, Lester Young, and trumpeter Roy Eldridge.

Some of Granz's inspirations were less appropriate, like burdening Parker and Dizzy Gillespie with the flamboyant Buddy Rich, but Parker even manages to sound fluent and amused on a confused arrangement of "In the Still of the Night" with reed parts by Gil Evans and voices arranged by Dave Lambert. He's more often heard in congenial small group settings that include Miles Davis, Hank Jones, and Max Roach, and there are plenty of moments when Parker is a match for even his own earlier recordings. The wealth of alternate takes and false starts provides an intimate and detailed portrait of Bird in the studio, and there's a brilliance to Parker's improvisations that makes every track of interest. --Stuart Broomer


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Disc 1:

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  1. Sweet Georgia Brown (Live (1946/Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles))Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie 9:32Album Only
  2. Blues For Norman (Live (1946/Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles))Charlie Parker 8:37Album Only
  3. I Can't Get Started (Live (1946/Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles))Charlie Parker 9:15Album Only
  4. Oh, Lady, Be Good! (Live (1946/Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles))Charlie Parker11:05Album Only
  5. After You've Gone (Live (1946/Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles))Charlie Parker 7:34Album Only
  6. I Got Rhythm (Live (1946/Embassy Auditorium, Los Angeles))Charlie Parker12:54Album Only
  7. IntroductionsNorman Granz 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Jatp Blues (Live (1946/Embassy Auditorium, Los Angeles))Charlie Parker10:57Album Only


Disc 2:

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  1. The Bird (Live (Carnegie Hall))Charlie Parker Quartet 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. RepetitionCharlie Parker 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. No Noise [feat. Machito Orchestra]Charlie Parker 5:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. No NoiseCharlie Parker 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Mango MangueCharlie Parker and Machito Orchestra 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. OkiedokeCharlie Parker and Machito And His Afro-Cuban Orchestra 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. CardboardCharlie Parker Septet 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. VisaCharlie Parker Septet 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Segment - Tune XCharlie Parker Quintet 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Diverse - Tune X (Alternate Take)Charlie Parker Quintet 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Passport - Tune Y (Rare)Charlie Parker 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Passport - Tune Z (Common)Charlie Parker 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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  1. The OpenerCharlie Parker12:47Album Only
  2. Lester Leaps InCharlie Parker12:14Album Only
  3. Embraceable YouCharlie Parker10:33Album Only
  4. The CloserCharlie Parker10:57Album Only
  5. Ow (Introduction Of Ella Fitzgerald)Charlie Parker and Ella Fitzgerald0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Flyin' HomeElla Fitzgerald 5:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. How High The MoonCharlie Parker and Ella Fitzgerald 6:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. PerdidoCharlie Parker and Ella Fitzgerald 8:34Album Only


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  1. Just FriendsCharlie Parker 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Everything Happens To MeCharlie Parker 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. April In ParisCharlie Parker 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. SummertimeCharlie Parker 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. I Didn't Know What Time It WasCharlie Parker 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. If I Should Lose YouCharlie Parker 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Star EyesCharlie Parker Quartet 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Blues (Fast)Charlie Parker Quartet 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. I'm In The Mood For LoveCharlie Parker Quartet 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. BloomdidoCharlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. An Oscar For TreadwellBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. An Oscar For TreadwellBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Mohawk (Alt. Take)Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Mohawk (Master Take)Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. My Melancholy Baby (Take 1)Buddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. My Melancholy BabyBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk0:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. My Melancholy BabyBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Leap FrogBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk0:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Leap FrogBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk0:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Leap FrogBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk0:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Leap FrogBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk0:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Leap FrogBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Leap FrogBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk0:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Leap FrogBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk0:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Leap FrogBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Leap FrogBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
27. Leap Frog (Take 10)Buddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
28. Leap FrogBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
29. Relaxing With LeeBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk0:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
30. Relaxing With LeeBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
31. Relaxing With LeeBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk0:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
32. Relaxing With LeeBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
33. Relaxing With LeeBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk0:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
34. Relaxing With LeeBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker and Curly Russell and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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  1. Dancing In The DarkCharlie Parker 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Out Of NowhereCharlie Parker 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. LauraCharlie Parker 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. LauraCharlie Parker 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)Charlie Parker 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. They Can't Take That Away From MeCharlie Parker 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Easy To LoveCharlie Parker 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. I'm In The Mood For LoveCharlie Parker 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. I'm In The Mood For LoveCharlie Parker 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. I'll Remember AprilCharlie Parker 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. I'll Remember AprilCharlie Parker0:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. I'll Remember AprilCharlie Parker 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. What Is This Thing Called Love? (Live At Carnegie Hall/1950)Charlie Parker 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. April In Paris (Live At Carnegie Hall/1950)Charlie Parker 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. RepetitionCharlie Parker 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Easy To Love (Live At Carnegie Hall/1950)Charlie Parker 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. Rocker (I'll Remember April)Charlie Parker 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. CelebrityBuddy Rich and Charlie Parker 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. BalladeCharlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Medley:The Afro-Cuban Jazz SuiteCharlie Parker and Flip Phillips and Machito Orchestra17:12Album Only


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  1. Au PrivaveCharlie Parker Quintet 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Au PrivaveCharlie Parker Quintet 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. She RoteCharlie Parker 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. She RoteCharlie Parker Quintet 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. K.C. BluesMiles Davis 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Star EyesCharlie Parker Quintet 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. My Little Suede ShoesCharlie Parker 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Un Poquito De Tu AmorCharlie Parker Sextet 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Tico TicoCharlie Parker Sextet 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. FiestaCharlie Parker Sextet 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Why Do I Love YouCharlie Parker Sextet 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Why Do I Love YouCharlie Parker Sextet 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Why Do I Love You?Charlie Parker Sextet 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Blues For AliceCharlie Parker Quintet 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Si SiCharlie Parker Quintet 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Swedish SchnappsCharlie Parker Quintet 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Swedish SchnappsCharlie Parker Quintet 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Back Home BluesCharlie Parker Quintet 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Back Home BluesCharlie Parker Quintet 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Lover ManCharlie Parker & His Orchestra 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. TemptationCharlie Parker 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. LoverCharlie Parker 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Autumn In New YorkCharlie Parker 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Stella By StarlightCharlie Parker 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Mama InezCharlie Parker Septet 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. La CucarachaCharlie Parker Septet 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. La CucarachaCharlie Parker Septet0:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. La CucarachaCharlie Parker Septet0:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. La CucarachaCharlie Parker Septet 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. EstrellitaCharlie Parker Septet 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. EstrellitaCharlie Parker Septet 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. EstrellitaCharlie Parker Septet0:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. EstrellitaCharlie Parker Septet 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Begin The BeguineCharlie Parker Sextet 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. La PalomaCharlie Parker Septet 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Night And DayCharlie Parker 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Almost Like Being In LoveCharlie Parker 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. I Can't Get StartedCharlie Parker 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. What Is This Thing Called Love?Charlie Parker 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Jam Blues (Norman Granz Jam Session)Barney Kessel and Ben Webster and Benny Carter and Charlie Parker and Charlie Shavers and Flip Phillips and J.C. Heard and Johnny Hodges and Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown14:43Album Only
  2. What Is This Thing Called Love? (Norman Granz Jam Session)Barney Kessel and Ben Webster and Benny Carter and Charlie Parker and Charlie Shavers and Flip Phillips and J.C. Heard and Johnny Hodges and Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown15:52Album Only
  3. Ballad Medley (Norman Granz Jam Session)Charlie Parker17:24Album Only
  4. Funky Blues (Norman Granz Jam Session)Charlie Parker13:29Album Only


Disc 9:

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  1. The Song Is YouCharlie Parker Quartet 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Laird BairdCharlie Parker Quartet 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. KimCharlie Parker Quartet 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. KimCharlie Parker Quartet 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Cosmic RaysCharlie Parker Quartet 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Cosmic RaysCharlie Parker Quartet 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. In the Still of the NightCharlie Parker0:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. In The Still Of The NightCharlie Parker0:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. In The Still Of The NightCharlie Parker 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. In The Still Of The NightCharlie Parker 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. In The Still Of The NightCharlie Parker0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. In The Still Of The NightCharlie Parker 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. In The Still Of The NightCharlie Parker 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Old FolksCharlie Parker0:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Old FolksCharlie Parker0:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Old FolksCharlie Parker 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Old FolksCharlie Parker0:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Old FolksCharlie Parker 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
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20. Old FolksCharlie Parker 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Old FolksCharlie Parker 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
22. If I Love AgainCharles Mingus and Charlie Parker 2:31$0.69  Buy MP3 


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  1. Chi-ChiCharlie Parker Quartet 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Chi-ChiCharlie Parker Quartet0:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Chi-ChiCharlie Parker Quartet 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Chi-ChiCharlie Parker Quartet 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Chi-ChiCharlie Parker Quartet0:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Chi-ChiCharlie Parker Quartet 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. I Remember YouCharlie Parker Quartet 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Now's The TimeCharlie Parker Quartet 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. ConfirmationCharlie Parker Quartet0:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. ConfirmationCharlie Parker Quartet0:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. ConfirmationCharlie Parker Quartet 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. I Get A Kick Out Of YouCharlie Parker Quintet 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. I Get A Kick Out Of YouCharlie Parker Quintet0:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. I Get A Kick Out Of YouCharlie Parker Quintet0:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. I Get A Kick Out Of You (Take 4)Charlie Parker Quintet 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
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17. I Get A Kick Out Of YouCharlie Parker Quintet 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. I Get A Kick Out Of YouCharlie Parker Quintet 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Just One Of Those ThingsCharlie Parker Quintet 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. My Heart Belongs To DaddyCharlie Parker Quintet0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. My Heart Belongs To DaddyCharlie Parker Quintet 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
22. I've Got You Under My SkinCharlie Parker 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Love For SaleCharlie Parker Quartet0:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Love For SaleCharlie Parker Quartet 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Love For SaleCharlie Parker Quartet 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Love For SaleCharlie Parker Quartet 5:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
27. Love For SaleCharlie Parker Quartet 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
28. I Love ParisCharlie Parker Quintet 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 7, 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Verve / Polygram
  • ASIN: B00000478B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on August 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
At the time this 10-CD set was issued, it may very well have been the best box set produced. And even considering the fancier packages and more complex concepts that have founded newer sets, the actual content of this release still holds up to the very best. Everything, from the quality of the players, song selection, performances, remastering, liner notes, discographical information, session notes and photographs is absolute five-star material.

This set replays all the previously issued Verve material, plus over two hours of previously unissued tracks. The set includes a number of studio sessions, both with Parker's own combos, as well as guest appearances with other's orchestras and bands. Additionally, the discs are filled with historic live performances, beginning with the legendary "Jazz at the Philharmonic" shows of the mid-40's, and progressing through a 1950 show at Carnegie Hall. The new material includes alternate takes, partial takes and false starts, and complete, previously unreleased tracks. Over two hours of previously unissued material.

The programming is mostly excellent, though the fragmentary pieces are better for study than for tracking through; The false starts and partial takes are fascinating from a musicological point of view, but less so if you just want to hear some great jazz. The bulk of this compilation is complete tracks, whether master takes or alternates, so the additional material is not much of a hinderence. ...The label was careful to preserve entire sessions/live performances on single discs, hence the varying lengths.

Parker's development and excursions (e.g.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "Unnecessary" Quotes on October 29, 2005
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I give this set five stars because it exhaustively catalogues much of the studio work of one of Jazz's greatest artists. The liner notes provide thorough insight into the the happenings at each session presented, along with many well-known biographical facts about Bird. The result the most appropriate biography that the man could ever have hoped for, complete with samplings of his music at each stage of his career.

The reason that I say "not for everyone" is that this set contains a huuuuge number of outtakes and false starts. There are about three or four discs in the set that could be put in your disc player at a party. The remainder of the discs require very attentive and precise listening. (Some may say that about all of Parker's music, but the reality is that some people like jazz for ambience more than for focused listening.)

I appreciate all of the outtakes because I use this set, along with my Omnibook and Real Book, as a source of inspiration for my musical development. In that sense, the differences between the tracks that Mr. Parker selected and those that gathered dust on the studio shelf is quite elucidating. By listening to the successive tracks in their chronological order, one can gain significant insight into the the musical thinking of one of jazz's giants.

If you are an aspiring jazz musician, or if you just happen to like a rigorous listening experience, then this set is for you. If you want a lot of good Parker to put in the mix for your next cocktail hour, buy ten of his studio releases for roughly the same cost.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on November 7, 2009
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o.k. the truth of the matter is, most of Bird's revolutionary contributions to modern Jazz were well made and done with by the time he was signed to VERVE... Verve was merely the world discovering that the atom had been split... 10 years earlier... and not quite being ready to fathom it, having it delivered with somewhat more easier to understand language than that on the DIAL and SAVOY session... ergo, Bird on VERVE... which represented a commercialization of Parker's sound, and in some ways "experimental stretching out" in a way, which many fans weren't quite ready to accept...

As for me... well... its true I'll take the DIAL and SAVOY sessions any time... the set is still interesting because you get to hear the man at work outside the settings he was best known for, and how he applied the formula... Take, for example FUNKY BLUES, which more-so anticipates the type of Whiskey drinking blues that followers of his such as Stitt and Donaldson would popularize years later... Other tunes feature Parker with Strings... Laura for one can best be described as haunting... and if you meditate on his great life and genius and how great and tragic it is while listening, can have as haunting effect as the changes to the tune itself. (Stella has a similar vibe!)

But then are tunes that in some ways are a bit less then hip... yet - - do get you into it... The orchestral mambos aside,
take OLD FOLKS - - it features very rich Swingle Singers type vocals... with Charlie Parker's bluesy wailing sax, Parker's artistry may not be taken to its highest level ever, but the arrangement itself IS... and one can almost imagine Bird laying back and smiling while taking a deep breath and digging the vocals between his solos... -- Actually, I dig it - - including "If I Love Again"...
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