Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $5.50 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Amazon.com Add to Cart
$105.55  & FREE Shipping. Details
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Bird: Complete Charlie Parker on Verve [Box set]

Charlie ParkerAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Price: $104.50 & FREE Shipping. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock.
Sold by Fulfillment Express US and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Tuesday, April 22? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details


Amazon Price New from Used from
MP3 Music, 176 Songs, 1988 $94.99  
Audio CD, Box set, 1990 $104.50  

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.

Disc 1:

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

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. The Bird (Live (Carnegie Hall))Charlie Parker Quartet 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Repetition (Live (1947/Carnegie Hall))Neal Hefti Orchestra 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. No Noise [feat. Machito Orchestra]Charlie Parker 5:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. No NoiseCharlie Parker 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mango MangueMachito Orchestra 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. OkiedokeCharlie Parker 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. CardboardCharlie Parker Septet 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. VisaCharlie Parker Septet 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Segment - Tune XCharlie Parker Quintet 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Diverse - Tune X (Alternate Take)Charlie Parker Quintet 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Passport - Tune Y (Rare)Charlie Parker 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Passport - Tune Z (Common)Charlie Parker 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. The OpenerCharlie Parker12:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Lester Leaps InCharlie Parker12:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Embraceable YouCharlie Parker10:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The CloserCharlie Parker10:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ow (Introduction Of Ella Fitzgerald)Charlie Parker0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Flyin' HomeElla Fitzgerald 5:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. How High The MoonCharlie Parker 6:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. PerdidoCharlie Parker 8:34$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 4:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Just FriendsCharlie Parker 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Everything Happens To MeCharlie Parker 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. April In ParisCharlie Parker 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. SummertimeCharlie Parker 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I Didn't Know What Time It WasCharlie Parker 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. If I Should Lose YouCharlie Parker 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Star EyesCharlie Parker Quartet 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Blues (Fast)Charlie Parker Quartet 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I'm In The Mood For LoveCharlie Parker Quartet 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. BloomdidoDizzy Gillespie 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. An Oscar For TreadwellThelonious Monk 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. An Oscar For TreadwellThelonious Monk 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mohawk (Alt. Take)Dizzy Gillespie 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mohawk (Master Take)Dizzy Gillespie 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. My Melancholy Baby (Take 1)Thelonious Monk 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. My Melancholy BabyThelonious Monk0:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. My Melancholy BabyThelonious Monk 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Leap FrogThelonious Monk0:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Leap FrogThelonious Monk0:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Leap FrogThelonious Monk0:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Leap FrogThelonious Monk0:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Leap FrogThelonious Monk 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Leap FrogThelonious Monk0:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Leap FrogThelonious Monk0:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Leap FrogThelonious Monk 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Leap FrogThelonious Monk 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Leap Frog (Take 10)Thelonious Monk0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Leap FrogThelonious Monk 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Relaxing With LeeThelonious Monk0:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Relaxing With LeeThelonious Monk 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Relaxing With LeeThelonious Monk0:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. Relaxing With LeeThelonious Monk 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen33. Relaxing With LeeThelonious Monk0:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen34. Relaxing With LeeThelonious Monk 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 5:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Dancing In The DarkCharlie Parker 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Out Of NowhereCharlie Parker 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. LauraCharlie Parker 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. LauraCharlie Parker 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)Charlie Parker 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. They Can't Take That Away From MeCharlie Parker 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Easy To LoveCharlie Parker 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I'm In The Mood For LoveCharlie Parker 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I'm In The Mood For LoveCharlie Parker 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. I'll Remember AprilCharlie Parker 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. I'll Remember AprilCharlie Parker0:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. I'll Remember AprilCharlie Parker 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. What Is This Thing Called Love? (Live (Carnegie Hall))Charlie Parker 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. April In Paris (Live (Carnegie Hall))Charlie Parker 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. RepetitionCharlie Parker 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Easy To Love (Live (Carnegie Hall))Charlie Parker 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Rocker (I'll Remember April)Charlie Parker 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. CelebrityCharlie Parker 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. BalladeCharlie Parker 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Medley:The Afro-Cuban Jazz SuiteFlip Phillips17:12$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 6:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Au PrivaveCharlie Parker Quintet 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Au PrivaveCharlie Parker Quintet 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. She RoteCharlie Parker 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. She RoteCharlie Parker Quintet 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. K.C. BluesMiles Davis 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Star EyesCharlie Parker Quintet 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. My Little Suede ShoesCharlie Parker Sextet 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Un Poquito De Tu AmorCharlie Parker Sextet 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Tico TicoCharlie Parker Sextet 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. FiestaCharlie Parker Sextet 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Why Do I Love YouCharlie Parker Sextet 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Why Do I Love YouCharlie Parker Sextet 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Why Do I Love You?Charlie Parker Sextet 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Blues For AliceCharlie Parker Quintet 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Si SiCharlie Parker Quintet 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Swedish SchnappsCharlie Parker Quintet 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Swedish SchnappsCharlie Parker Quintet 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Back Home BluesCharlie Parker Quintet 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Back Home BluesCharlie Parker Quintet 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. LovermanCharlie Parker Quintet 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 7:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. TemptationCharlie Parker 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. LoverCharlie Parker 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Autumn In New YorkCharlie Parker 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Stella By StarlightCharlie Parker 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mama InezCharlie Parker Septet 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. La CucarachaCharlie Parker Septet 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. La CucarachaCharlie Parker Septet0:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. La CucarachaCharlie Parker Septet0:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. La CucarachaCharlie Parker Septet 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. EstrellitaCharlie Parker Septet 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. EstrellitaCharlie Parker Septet 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. EstrellitaCharlie Parker Septet0:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. EstrellitaCharlie Parker Septet 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Begin The BeguineCharlie Parker Sextet 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. La PalomaCharlie Parker Septet 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Night And DayCharlie Parker 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Almost Like Being In LoveCharlie Parker 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. I Can't Get StartedCharlie Parker 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. What Is This Thing Called Love?Charlie Parker 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 8:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Jam Blues (Norman Granz Jam Session)Barney Kessel14:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. What Is This Thing Called Love? (Norman Granz Jam Session)Barney Kessel15:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ballad Medley (Norman Granz Jam Session)Charlie Parker17:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Funky Blues (Norman Granz Jam Session)Charlie Parker13:29$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 9:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. The Song Is YouCharlie Parker Quartet 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Laird BairdCharlie Parker Quartet 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. KimCharlie Parker Quartet 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. KimCharlie Parker Quartet 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Cosmic RaysCharlie Parker Quartet 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Cosmic RaysCharlie Parker Quartet 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. In the Still of the NightCharlie Parker0:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. In The Still Of The NightCharlie Parker0:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. In The Still Of The NightCharlie Parker 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. In The Still Of The NightCharlie Parker 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. In The Still Of The NightCharlie Parker0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. In The Still Of The NightCharlie Parker 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. In The Still Of The NightCharlie Parker 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Old FolksCharlie Parker0:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Old FolksCharlie Parker0:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Old FolksCharlie Parker 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Old FolksCharlie Parker0:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Old FolksCharlie Parker 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Old FolksCharlie Parker0:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Old FolksCharlie Parker 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Old FolksCharlie Parker 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. If I Love AgainCharlie Parker 2:31$0.69  Buy MP3 

Disc 10:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Chi-ChiCharlie Parker Quartet 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Chi-ChiCharlie Parker Quartet0:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Chi-ChiCharlie Parker Quartet 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Chi-ChiCharlie Parker Quartet 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Chi-ChiCharlie Parker Quartet0:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Chi-ChiCharlie Parker Quartet 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Remember YouCharlie Parker Quartet 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Now's The TimeCharlie Parker Quartet 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. ConfirmationCharlie Parker Quartet0:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. ConfirmationCharlie Parker Quartet0:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. ConfirmationCharlie Parker Quartet 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Get A Kick Out Of YouCharlie Parker Quintet 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Get A Kick Out Of YouCharlie Parker Quintet0:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. I Get A Kick Out Of YouCharlie Parker Quintet0:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. I Get A Kick Out Of You (Take 4)Charlie Parker Quintet 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. I Get A Kick Out Of YouCharlie Parker Quintet0:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. I Get A Kick Out Of YouCharlie Parker Quintet 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. I Get A Kick Out Of YouCharlie Parker Quintet 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Just One Of Those ThingsCharlie Parker Quintet 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. My Heart Belongs To DaddyCharlie Parker Quintet0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. My Heart Belongs To DaddyCharlie Parker Quintet 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. I've Got You Under My SkinCharlie Parker 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Love For SaleCharlie Parker Quartet0:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Love For SaleCharlie Parker Quartet 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Love For SaleCharlie Parker Quartet 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Love For SaleCharlie Parker Quartet 5:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Love For SaleCharlie Parker Quartet 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. I Love ParisCharlie Parker Quintet 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. I Love ParisCharlie Parker Quintet 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 

Amazon's Charlie Parker Store


Image of album by Charlie Parker


Image of Charlie Parker
Visit Amazon's Charlie Parker Store
for 498 albums, 4 photos, discussions, and more.

Frequently Bought Together

Bird: Complete Charlie Parker on Verve + Complete Savoy & Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948 + Complete Jazz at Massey Hall
Price for all three: $202.42

Buy the selected items together

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • 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: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000478B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


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

Product Description

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.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unparalleled examination of Parker's work on Verve 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., into Cuban bop with Machito, playing with strings arranged by the likes of Jimmy Carroll) are well represented and displayed on this set.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive, but not for everyone October 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars in retrospect... November 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
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"...
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews


Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for Similar Items by Category

Fulfillment Express US Privacy Statement Fulfillment Express US Shipping Information Fulfillment Express US Returns & Exchanges