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

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Alto saxophonist Charlie Parker was instrumental in tipping jazz over from the swing genre, which was predominantly a dance music, to bop, which aspired to art, an intellectual dance if you will, and consequently Parker was a huge purveyor of the mid-'40s sea change that began to alter the way audiences approached jazz, and pop music in general. This brief, concise overview of his peak years includes "The Bird" an update of the old swing standard "Topsy", recorded for Norman Granz's monumental The Jazz Scene project in 1947, and 1950's wonderful "Bloomdido," which reunited Parker with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and boasted a for-the-ages rhythm section of Thelonious Monk, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Alto saxophonist Charlie Parker was instrumental in tipping jazz over from the swing genre, which was predominantly a dance music, to bop, which aspired to art, an intellectual dance if you will, and consequently Parker was a huge purveyor of the mid-'40s sea change that began to alter the way audiences approached jazz, and pop music in general. This brief, concise overview of his peak years includes "The Bird" an update of the old swing standard "Topsy", recorded for Norman Granz's monumental The Jazz Scene project in 1947, and 1950's wonderful "Bloomdido," which reunited Parker with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and boasted a for-the-ages rhythm section of Thelonious Monk, Curly Russell, and Buddy Rich. Another highlight is "K.C. Blues," tracked in 1951 and featuring extended blues improvisations from both Parker and a young Miles Davis. Bird died in 1955, and that it has been nearly 50 years since his passing is unfathomable, since his influence is still so pervasive in jazz and is likely to remain that way, whatever the millennium. This disc is a bare-bones, basic introduction to Parker, but it is only the beginning, and you'll find yourself wanting more almost immediately.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498630488
  • Catalog Number: 000299002
  • Sales rank: 15,930

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Bird (4:47)
  2. 2 Repetition (2:58)
  3. 3 Just Friends (3:31)
  4. 4 Bloomdido (3:26)
  5. 5 K.C. Blues (3:26)
  6. 6 Star Eyes (3:36)
  7. 7 She Rote (3:08)
  8. 8 My Little Suede Shoes (3:05)
  9. 9 Lover Man (3:25)
  10. 10 Autumn in New York (3:30)
  11. 11 Now's the Time (3:02)
  12. 12 Confirmation (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Parker Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Walter Bishop Jr. Piano
Will Bradley Trombone
Miles Davis Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Al Haig Piano
Hank Jones Piano
Shelly Manne Drums
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Rich Drums
Max Roach Drums
Red Rodney Trumpet
Tony Aless Piano
Bob Haggart Bass
Neal Hefti Conductor
John LaPorta Clarinet
Lou Stein Piano
Stan Freeman Piano
Don Lamond Drums
Mitch Miller French Horn, Oboe
Luis Miranda Conga
Stan Webb Baritone Saxophone
Teddy Kotick Bass
Percy Heath Bass
Manny Albam Baritone Saxophone
Al Porcino Trumpet
Verlye Mills Harp
Ray Brown Bass
Kenny Clarke Drums
Art Drelinger Woodwind
Chris Griffin Trumpet
Sid Harris Violin
Roy Haynes Drums
Max Hollander Violin
Harry Katzman Violin
Jose Mangual Bongos
Pete Mondello Tenor Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Alto Saxophone
Thelonious Monk Piano
Gene Orloff Violin, Concert Master
Bernie Privin Trumpet
Hank Ross Tenor Saxophone
Curly Russell Bass
Art Ryerson Guitar
Sylvan Shulman Violin
Bart Varsalona Trombone
Ray Wetzel Trumpet
Jack Zayde Violin
Doug Mettome Trumpet
Milton Lomask Violin
Zelly Smirnoff Violin
Jimmy Carroll Conductor
Murray Williams Alto Saxophone
Joe Lipman Conductor
Manny Fidler Violin
Vinnie Jacobs French Horn
Fred Ruzilla Viola
Joe Benaventi Cello
Frank Brieff Viola
Bronislaw Gimpel Violin
Nat Nathanson Viola
Myor Rosen Harp
Sonny Salad Alto Saxophone
Diego Iborra Percussion
Sam Caplan Violin, Concert Master
John Richard Lewis Piano
The Bill Harris Quintet Trombone
Frank Miller Cello
Technical Credits
Neal Hefti Arranger, Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Benny Harris Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Bob Porter Liner Notes
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
Don Raye Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Jimmy Sherman Composer
Jimmy Carroll Arranger
Joe Lipman Arranger
John Klenner Composer
Jimmy Davis Composer
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