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As Ornette Coleman said, "Charlie Parker was blessed with the eternal quality of existing forever." The brief trajectory of Parker's career has directly or indirectly affected all saxophonists who have followed him. Sadly, the machinations and pressures of fame were more than this basically fragile man could bear, and he died at age 34 in 1955.
The Savoy imprint, after being acquired by an assortment of companies over the years, has been reinvigorated to celebrate its 60th anniversary. This three-disc set includes all of Parker's work for the Dial and Savoy labels (excluding alternate takes--hence the title). It starts off with his appearance as a sideman with the Tiny Grimes Quintette, at which time the 24-year-old's alto saxophone playing bears his unmistakable stamp of fluidity and daring aplomb. The stellar lights of bebop are heard throughout this set, as Parker plays with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Max Roach, creating the enduring shape of contemporary jazz. --David Greenberger
This has been my favorite recent CD purchase. I don't know why it me so long to get this - I had owned most of this material for a long time on a variety of inferior imports. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Long John
The most complete and best music collection of the Charlie Parker's music.
For all appreciators of the good Jazz and lovers music.
This collection contains hours of great Parker music. I love it! I press play and let it play all the way through without skipping any tracks. Great work music.Published 19 months ago by andrew park
Great recordings, excellent compilation. I love it. You don't need much more of Charlie Parker when you have these discs.Published 23 months ago by René
grande entre los grandes, estas grabaciones son obligatorias para todo aquel al que le guste el jazz!
La calidad de las grabaciones es bastante buena y hay tomas legendarias!
Can never get too much Charlie Parker. This is a must have for any jazz fan and music lover. Go order it now!Published on January 19, 2013 by M. Main
The sound quality is outstanding. Transfering to multiple devices was easy once you download it to the cloud. Great set.Published on January 17, 2013 by Ceri J. Warnie
These recordings bring me back to when I was about 13 or 14, when I had to take 2 buses to get to my Tenor Saxophone lesson. Read morePublished on November 7, 2012 by Brother Hamza Philip
Simply stated, this music is the root of modern jazz (along with recordings by compatriots of Bird like Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk). Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Charles Haarhues