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The Best of Charlie Parker: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection Original recording remastered

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Charlie "The Bird" Parker is one of the most important names in history of jazz, if not American music in general. Almost single-handedly he turned what was mostly a dance music, an entertainment, into an art form - his playing & unique approach to influence generations of musicians to come. Parker's Millennium edition features the highlights from his recordings for the Mercury & Verve labels, 1947 to 1953, essentially the heart of the great artist's career. The collection includes tracks with small & big bands as well as several from his famed sessions with strings. Chronologically sequenced, from 1947's "The Bird" from the Mercury album The Jazz Scene through "My Little Suede Shoes" & "Loverman" to his 1953 reprise of his classic "Now's The Time," all twelve tracks are classics from one of the greatest.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O
  • ASIN: B0002M5T5M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Charlie Parker will always be the greatest saxaphone player who ever lived. This CD is a fine example of why he is regarded as the best(and always will be). This the REAL DEAL people, the REAL DEAL. In 2004, Charlie Parker became one of the many stars to get a compilation in the 20th Century Masters The Millenium Collection CDs. Read on for further details.

The Millenium Collections are always great. They remaster the tracks 24.bit so the sound is awesome. Charlie Parker's compilation is cool, just like he was.

In this CD, you get several tracks you can't find easily. Among them are Autumn In New York and the underrated gem Just Friends. Both of which (in my view) are true hits. It's a shame they haven't included these 2 tracks of The Bird on other Best-ofs.

Charlie Parker has recorded on several record labels such as Dial, His Masters Voice, Savoy and more. In 1959, 4 years after his death, Verve remastered them and started releasing Charlie Parker vinyls on the Verve label. This CD is a fine example only it sounds a heck of a lot better! And when you're looking for the best-sounding Charlie Parker CD out there, this CD takes the cake. You can tell just by listening to [...] Music Samplers.

Overall this CD is highly reccommended! If you liked this one, here are some others you may like:

The Complete Charlie Parker: 1950
The Essential Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker Ken Burns JAZZ Collection

All of those are classic Parker CDs. But in terms of sound and finding the CD that will appeal to the casual and hard core fans alike, this one is the one to pick.

Highlights for me: 'K.C. Blues' and 'Just Friends'. ONE OF THE BEST CHARLIE PARKER CDS OUT IN THE MARKET!

Charlie Parker (August 29, 1920-March 12, 1955). Enjoy!!!
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By J. S. Geers on September 14, 2007
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This is close to as much great music as you can buy for ten bucks, but my preference is for The Essential Charlie Parker for a dollar less. Part of that is the longer and better remastered solo on Star Eyes, not one of Parker's best known, but a real gem.
Nobody has ever displayed the complete mastery of the alto saxophone in jazz as well as Bird, and this disc gives you a good introduction as to why he is at the top of the jazz pantheon.
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This budget CD is a great way to introduce you to the music of Charlie Parker. It covers his later recordings under Norman Granz's supervision thus nothing from Dial & Savoy Records.

These 12 tracks basically gives us a look into the World of Charlie Parker. From his recordings with strings ("Just Friends" & "Autumn in New York") to a couple of songs he did for Dial/Savoy that he later re-recorded ("Loverman", "Now's the Time", & the closer) & even some Latin jazz (My Little Suede Shoes). The recordings are remastered to a T- doesn't sound like they've been taken from 78 RPM records. The musicians present in these songs are a who's who of bebop greats like Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Monk, Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, Max Roach, & John Lewis to name a few. After hearing his music, I sometimes wonder where Parker would have taken jazz had he not died so young.

In addition to the disc, there's some photos & an interesting essay that comes with the liner notes. Be forewarned: once you hear Bird's music you'll want more.
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It is sad to know that a man with
that skill in music died so young and in that way.
Died at 35, the doctor who made the autopsy
thaught he was 60 years old.
Miles Davis said: "You can tell the history of jazz in four words:
Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker" Deduced from that.
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This Best of Charlie Parker offers a good selection of some of Bird's best songs. I recommend this album for anyone who wants to get to know the music of Charlie Parker. This collection gathers material from 1947-53, the heart of his very significant recording career. Unfortunately it is not the most complete collection of his best as it does not include some of his standards like "Ornithology" and "Yardbird Suite" which are well known favorites of his fans. Nevertheless, this 20th Century Masters CD comes with great liner notes and photos of this very important jazz musician. Get it and enjoy!
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The Best of Charlie parker 20th Century Masters the Millennium Collection is in the top 3 Jazz CD's I have by Parker, Parkers is one of the best Jazz artes of his time and to seat and enjoy he on the CD was and is a treat for me.

VJDUGAN Jazz lover
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I am reconnecting to jazz and acquiring a few of the great albums before my time and this being a best of CD I had to have it. I dive in and soak up what is Charlie Parker in this CD. It is a great mix of what I am sure are only a glimpse of his creativeness and masterpiece. I am truly honored to be able to enjoy this classic work of musical artistry!
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I gave it 5 starts because I love Jazz. Charlie Parker is a great musician although his bebop style is not my favorite. Still love to listen to his music and all the other greats from that era. A shame he died so young. We could have had many more years of his talent.
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