This four-CD box set contains all of the recordings Charlie Parker made for the Savoy label and it is overflowing with gems and an almost countless number of alternate takes. Bird was one of the most important jazzmen of all time and nearly every note he recorded (in the studios if not live) is well worth hearing. This box starts off with his sideman date with Tiny Grimes in 1944, contains Parker's famous "Ko Ko" session of 1945 (with a young Miles Davis on trumpet and highlighted by "Now's the Time" and "Billie's Bounce"), and continues through his 1947-1948 quintet sessions with a more mature Miles Davis; either Bud Powell, John Lewis, or Duke Jordan on piano; bassists Tommy Potter, Curly Russell, or Nelson Boyd; and drummer Max Roach. Together they recorded such classics as "Donna Lee," "Chasin' the Bird," "Milestones," and "Parker's Mood." Every scrap that the great altoist cut for Savoy is in this box.
One of the most memorable live recordings in jazz history, featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus and Max Roach. The fantastic reissue contains all tracks recorded at the concert (fourteen), and has no bass over-dubbing which was added by Charles Mingus on the original issue.
This is a compilation of some of Bird's very best work, for Dial Records, from 2/46 - 12/47. Content-wise, it is very close to "The Complete Dial Sessions 1946-47", but minus all the outtakes (and at about half the price). If you just want to listen to the music rather than analyze and compare, buy this one. Much of Bird's work has been recompiled and reissued. This release, and "Complete", mentioned above, are probably the best selections from the Dial material. ~ Amazon
That is, really, the "complete jam sessions" plays by Parker and Baker. The CD contains the jam session with the Babasin All Stars, in the Trade Winds Club, Inglewood, California: it is: "Indiana", "Liza", "They didn't Belive Me" and "The Squirrel", with, Sony Criss (a.s.), Russ Freman ( on # 1) or Al Haig (p), Harry Babasin (b) and Laurence Marable (d). Well, all known. But this recording (or C.D.) includes three themes MORE (with the "breaks"). The themes are: "Ornithology" (2:52); "Barbados" (3:49) and "Cool Blues" (5:36). The recording was in live in the University of Oregon the day, november 5, 1953. Here the group is formed by Baker, Parker, Jimmy Rowles, Carson Smith and Shelly Manne. I don't know (and don't found) these themes in other recordings of Baker or Parker. In Spain this C.D. is edited by "disconforme sl", or "definitive" for other countries.The price in Spain of this CD is, more or less, 6 euros. Naturaly, the "last"( 3 themes more) circumstance does this CD,ESSENTIAL in the discography of Paker or Baker. ~ Amazon
This collection of 78 rpm singles, all recorded on June 6, 1950, was originally issued in album format in 1956. Several things distinguish this from numerous other quintet recordings featuring these two bebop pioneers. It was recorded during the period that Parker was working under the aegis of producer Norman Granz, whose preference for large and unusual ensembles was notorious. The end result in this case is a date that sounds very much like those that Parker and Gillespie recorded for Savoy and Dial, except with top-of-the-line production quality. Even more interesting, though, is Parker's choice of Thelonious Monk as pianist.
1985 Japanese edition of a classic featuring Terumasa Hino on trumpet and Sadao Watanabe on alto sax, recorded live at Ginza Yamaha Hall, Tokyo on March 15, 1969.