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Ken Burns JAZZ Collection: Charlie Parker

Ken Burns JAZZ Collection, Charlie ParkerAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Sepian BounceCharlie Parker 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Salt PeanutsCharlie Parker 3:15Album Only
listen  3. Hot House (Eng 11 Mai 1945 New York)Dizzy Gillespie 3:13Album Only
listen  4. Ko-KoCharlie Parker 2:56Album Only
listen  5. AnthropologyCharlie Parker's Reboppers 2:57Album Only
listen  6. Now's The Time (1945 Version)Charlie Parker's Reboppers 3:18Album Only
listen  7. OrnithologyCharlie Parker 3:01Album Only
listen  8. Yardbird SuiteCharlie Parker 2:56Album Only
listen  9. Lover Man (Dial Commercial Version)Charlie Parker Quintet 3:20Album Only
listen10. Relaxin' At CamarilloCharlie Parker's New Stars 3:02Album Only
listen11. Embraceable You (Embraceable)Charlie Parker 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Scrapple From The AppleCharlie Parker Quintet 2:57Album Only
listen13. Parker's Mood (Eng 18 Sept 1948 NYC)Charlie Parker 3:04Album Only
listen14. Just FriendsCharlie Parker 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Star EyesCharlie Parker Quintet 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. ConfirmationCharlie Parker Quartet 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 7, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000050I3S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,119 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Charlie Parker is one of the legendary figures of jazz, a musician whose troubled life and creative genius have inspired works like Clint Eastwood's film Bird. As this collection demonstrates, though, the legend could never be larger than the art. Parker was simply one of the two or three greatest improvisers ever to play jazz. He created solos of unmatched harmonic and rhythmic subtlety at tempos few musicians could even negotiate. This selection provides a unique single-CD introduction to Parker's work, touching on his earliest recordings with the blues-based Kansas City band of Jay McShann and the early collaborations with Dizzy Gillespie that marked the dawn of bop. The period of Parker's greatest creativity was brief, and it spanned several record companies--Savoy, Dial, and Verve--all of them represented here. Among the masterpieces are the slow blues of "Parker's Mood" and the stunning "Just Friends," with Parker's liquid alto cascading brilliantly over a small string section. --Stuart Broomer

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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best available overview January 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
As a long-time lover of Bird, I've often felt frustrated that no single CD offered a good overview of Parker's music. Most of the existing "best of" compilations were ridiculously incomplete, typically drawing from only one of the many record companies Bird recorded for, and many were riddled with bootleg-quality live recordings. This one, at long last, offers the newcomer a fine overview of what Bird did, from the early breakthrough tracks with Dizzy Gillespie that defined bebop through his spectacular dates for the Dial and Savoy labels that produced mind-boggling classics like "Ko Ko" and "Ornithology," to a couple tracks from the later "Bird with Strings" album that was his greatest commercial success, this disc offers the best single introduction to Parker ever released. If, like me, you already own virtually everything the man recorded, you'll find yourself arguing with a few of the track selections (how could they leave off "Billie's Bounce" or "Mohawk"?), but those simply seeking an introduction to this music will find this hugely enjoyable, and will be given an accurate (if necessarily incomplete) portrait of the Bird. If you can only own one Parker CD, I would recommend this one without hesitation.
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no headphones, please February 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've already contributed a review, but I find myself unable to resist saying something in response to the people complaining about "sound quality." Apparently, some people approach these mid-'40s recordings the same way they do their Pink Floyd albums, hoping for a nice bong-hits-and-headphones experience and wind up complaining about "SQ" and asking whether they used the "original masters" in making it. They're just showing their own ignorance. These recordings were made before the advent of recording tape, so there are no "masters." The music was cut directly onto discs using the best technology of the time. There is inevitably a certain amount of surface noise, and most sound engineers agree that you can't really eliminate it without also eliminating the other sounds in the higher registers, such as the ride cymbals that are typically used to keep the beat on bebop records such as these. Now, it's true that these recordings do not have the pristine sound of modern standards, but it's also true that complaining about surface noise on a Charlie Parker recording and whining that it doesn't sound good on headphones is a little like wondering why they didn't shoot Citizen Kane in color and complaining that it doesn't contain enough special effects. In other words, don't buy this disc unless you're ready to get beyond the superficial aspects of musical consumerism and actually listen to the music.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highlights of a brief but brilliant career! November 11, 2000
By J. Lund
Format:Audio CD
Unlike most of the other artists featured in the KEN BURNS JAZZ series, Charlie Parker's career was relatively brief (his most significant recordings cover about a decade prior to his death in 1955). However, the number of classic performances 'Bird' recorded in this short period exceeds that of most artists who lived longer lives and had lengthier careers.
The first track is an early example of Bird's one-of-a-kind approach to improvisation as a sideman, while the remainder of the disc hits some of the many high points Bird reached, primarily in jazz quintet settings recorded for Savoy, Dial, and Verve. Parker's sidemen included such fellow legends as Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. Though his repetoire almost always followed a blues or standard popular song format, the tunes--and especially Bird's solos within them--exhibit consistent variety and invention to keep most listeners from getting remotely bored, even when absorbed much larger helpings than this single CD.
There is one example of Bird with a small orchestrated accompiament (JUST FRIENDS), but this disc devotes most of its running time to presenting Bird in what few would argue was the best setting for his still-provocative solos: a combo format.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The cream! The place to start for Charlie Parker! June 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Charlie Parker catalog can be overwhelming. This great CD offers Parker's greatest recordings in his legendary career. I've heard a few complaints about the sound quality. Frankly, I think it adds charm to the recording. There is some surface noise, but it's not that bad. Some of the cuts sound like an old 78 from the 40's, but with modern presence. The surface noise adds a patina to the recording like age does to fine china or a coin or antique furniture. There are so many Parker CD's it can be confusing. Although, I once owned Yardbird Suite on Rhino, it was just a bit too much. It you don't have the time for 50 cuts of Parker, this is the logical choice. Also Recommended: Charlie Parker with strings. Parker changed the way people improvise and create in music. His innovation is now so common, it's like he invented breathing. Astonishing technical prowess, despite his inner demons and addictions. A god-given talent!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, Terrible Quality February 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Being a huge Charlie Parker fan, I was excited to find a CD with such a diverse cross-section of his excellent work. Although it is very difficult to distill Parker's music to fit onto a single CD, Ken Burns managed to capture the essence of his music better than any of the other "greatest hits" that I have heard. Unfortunately, the sound quality is dismal. If you want something to listen to in your car, this would be a worthwhile purchase. If you are going to be listening on a decent sound system, I'd recommend something with better remastering ( like "the Essential Charlie Parker." )
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4.0 out of 5 stars bird
not the best sound quality on some cuts, but a great variety of his best work,my only gripe would be a cut from live at Carnigey with Diz
Published 20 months ago by Ed Munoz
5.0 out of 5 stars Yardbird
With cooperation from the Verve and Columbia Legacy catalogs, the Ken Burns Jazz series on CD individually spotlights the musical excellence of 22 jazz originators whose careers... Read more
Published on May 1, 2012 by Jerlaw
4.0 out of 5 stars It has it's positives and negatives
Charlie Parker was a master at the saxophone, and more importantly, a master of improvisation. 'Ken Burns JAZZ: The Definitive Charlie Parker' collects 16 Parker sides from various... Read more
Published on July 4, 2009 by Johnny Boy
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor way to become aquainted
Sometimes, no, usually, the cheapest is not the best buy. The first problem is that there are two Charlie Parkers: the 1942-1949 innvator who, in fantastic burst of creative... Read more
Published on November 29, 2007 by Johnny Hodges
4.0 out of 5 stars Ken Burns: Charlie Parker
The definitive Charlie Parker. This CD depicts "The Bird" at his best. This CD I recommend for all jazz fans. Should be in every jazz fans library.
Published on November 1, 2007 by N. Martin
2.0 out of 5 stars but the sound!
Wonderful selection of tracks, but the reviewers who commented on the sound quality are correct, it's unbearable. LOUD hissing. I have 35 year old Parker LPs that sound better. Read more
Published on June 16, 2007 by Reader and Writer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent single-disc collection
It would be a shame to go through life with only one CD of Charlie Parker music, but an even greater shame to own none. Read more
Published on October 21, 2006 by Steve Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars Fly with The Bird!
Here's a good introduction to the music of the amazing Charlie Parker. It begins with a recording Parker made as a member of Jay McShann's orchestra then continues through his... Read more
Published on August 22, 2005 by John G. Geier
1.0 out of 5 stars good godfrey, clean this up!
I don't know much about how they remaster and transfer music to CD's, but it sounds as if the originals were used to sweep up the studio floor and then transferred to CD. Read more
Published on December 28, 2004 by F. L. Busch
2.0 out of 5 stars great music, horrible sound
Ken Burns and company have assembled some classic Parker takes, but the sound quality is dismal. Yes, we know these recordings were made before the advent of tape, etc. Read more
Published on January 25, 2003
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