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Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
As a leader, Charlie Parker recorded for Savoy and Dial during 1945-1948 and then for Verve exclusively at least in the studios during 1949-1954. This remarkable ten-CD box set, which adds quite a bit of material to an earlier ten-LP set, contains all of these recordings plus Bird's earlier appearances with Jazz at the Philharmonic. The JATP jams are highlighted by Parker's perfect solo on "Oh Lady Be Good," a ferocious improvisation on "The Closer," and a solo on "Embraceable You" that tops his more famous studio recording. In addition, this box has all of the "Bird and Strings" sides, his meetings with Machito's Cuban orchestra, the 1950 session with Dizzy Gillespie and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
As a leader, Charlie Parker recorded for Savoy and Dial during 1945-1948 and then for Verve exclusively at least in the studios during 1949-1954. This remarkable ten-CD box set, which adds quite a bit of material to an earlier ten-LP set, contains all of these recordings plus Bird's earlier appearances with Jazz at the Philharmonic. The JATP jams are highlighted by Parker's perfect solo on "Oh Lady Be Good," a ferocious improvisation on "The Closer," and a solo on "Embraceable You" that tops his more famous studio recording. In addition, this box has all of the "Bird and Strings" sides, his meetings with Machito's Cuban orchestra, the 1950 session with Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, small-group dates including a 1951 meeting with Miles Davis, odd encounters with voices and studio bands, the famous "Jam Blues" with fellow altoists Johnny Hodges and Benny Carter, and his final recordings, a set of Cole Porter tunes. The fact-filled 34-page booklet is also indispensable. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 042283714120
  • Catalog Number: 837141
  • Sales rank: 85,121

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweet Georgia Brown (9:32)
  2. 2 Blues for Norman (8:37)
  3. 3 I Can't Get Started (9:15)
  4. 4 Oh, Lady Be Good (11:05)
  5. 5 After You've Gone (7:33)
  6. 6 I Got Rhythm (12:54)
  7. 7 Introductions by Norman Granz (2:16)
  8. 8 J.A.T.P. Blues (10:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Bird (4:44)
  2. 2 Repetition - Charlie Parker with Strings (2:57)
  3. 3 No Noise, Pts. 1 & 2 - Charlie Parker with Strings (5:53)
  4. 4 No Noise, Pt. 2 - Charlie Parker with Strings (2:55)
  5. 5 Mango Mangue - Charlie Parker with Strings (2:53)
  6. 6 Okiedoke - Charlie Parker with Strings (3:02)
  7. 7 Cardboard - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:08)
  8. 8 Visa - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:58)
  9. 9 Segment-Tune X - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:19)
  10. 10 Diverse (Tune X) - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:16)
  11. 11 Passport-Tune Y - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:54)
  12. 12 Passport-Tune Z - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:59)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Opener (12:47)
  2. 2 Lester Leaps In (12:14)
  3. 3 Embraceable You (10:33)
  4. 4 The Closer (10:57)
  5. 5 Ow/Introduction of Ella Fitzgerald (0:48)
  6. 6 Flyin' Home (5:31)
  7. 7 How High the Moon (6:24)
  8. 8 Perdido (8:34)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Just Friends - Charlie Parker with Strings (3:30)
  2. 2 Everything Happens to Me - Charlie Parker with Strings (3:15)
  3. 3 April in Paris (3:06)
  4. 4 Summertime (2:46)
  5. 5 I Didn't Know What Time It Was - Charlie Parker with Strings (3:12)
  6. 6 If I Should Lose You (2:46)
  7. 7 Star Eyes (3:28)
  8. 8 Blues (2:45)
  9. 9 I'm in the Mood for Love (2:50)
  10. 10 Bloomdido - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:24)
  11. 11 An Oscar for Treadwell - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:20)
  12. 12 An Oscar for Treadwell - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:22)
  13. 13 Mohawk - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:48)
  14. 14 Mohawk - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:34)
  15. 15 My Melancholy Baby - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:16)
  16. 16 My Melancholy Baby - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:05)
  17. 17 My Melancholy Baby - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:23)
  18. 18 Leap Frog - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:27)
  19. 19 Leap Frog - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:18)
  20. 20 Leap Frog - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:40)
  21. 21 Leap Frog - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:18)
  22. 22 Leap Frog - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:33)
  23. 23 Leap Frog - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:23)
  24. 24 Leap Frog - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:14)
  25. 25 Leap Frog - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:02)
  26. 26 Leap Frog - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:06)
  27. 27 Leap Frog - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:43)
  28. 28 Leap Frog - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:29)
  29. 29 Relaxin' With Lee - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:35)
  30. 30 Relaxin' With Lee - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (1:08)
  31. 31 Relaxin' With Lee - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:08)
  32. 32 Relaxin' With Lee - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:56)
  33. 33 Relaxin' With Lee - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:25)
  34. 34 Relaxin' With Lee - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:46)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Dancing in the Dark - Charlie Parker with Strings (3:19)
  2. 2 Out of Nowhere - Charlie Parker with Strings (3:06)
  3. 3 Laura - Charlie Parker with Strings (2:57)
  4. 4 Laura - Charlie Parker with Strings (2:56)
  5. 5 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) - Charlie Parker with Strings (3:38)
  6. 6 They Can't Take That Away from Me - Charlie Parker with Strings (3:17)
  7. 7 Easy to Love (3:29)
  8. 8 I'm in the Mood for Love - Charlie Parker with Strings (3:33)
  9. 9 I'm in the Mood for Love - Charlie Parker with Strings (3:27)
  10. 10 I'll Remember April - Charlie Parker with Strings (3:09)
  11. 11 I'll Remember April - Charlie Parker with Strings (0:10)
  12. 12 I'll Remember April - Charlie Parker with Strings (3:02)
  13. 13 What Is This Thing Called Love? - Charlie Parker with Strings (2:54)
  14. 14 April in Paris - Charlie Parker with Strings (3:12)
  15. 15 Repetition - Charlie Parker with Strings (2:49)
  16. 16 Easy to Love - Charlie Parker with Strings (2:25)
  17. 17 Rocker - Charlie Parker with Strings (3:10)
  18. 18 Celebrity - Charlie Parker with Strings (1:34)
  19. 19 Ballade (2:55)
  20. 20 Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite (17:11)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Au Privave - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:38)
  2. 2 Au Privave - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:43)
  3. 3 She Rote - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:09)
  4. 4 She Rote - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:06)
  5. 5 K.C. Blues - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:24)
  6. 6 Star Eyes - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:34)
  7. 7 My Little Suede Shoes (3:03)
  8. 8 Un Poquito de Tu Amor (2:40)
  9. 9 Tico-Tico (2:44)
  10. 10 Fiesta (2:49)
  11. 11 Why Do I Love You? (2:58)
  12. 12 Why Do I Love You? (2:58)
  13. 13 Why Do I Love You? (3:05)
  14. 14 Blues for Alice - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:46)
  15. 15 Si Si - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:38)
  16. 16 Swedish Schnapps - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:13)
  17. 17 Swedish Schnapps - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:10)
  18. 18 Back Home Blues - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:35)
  19. 19 Back Home Blues - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:46)
  20. 20 Lover Man - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:21)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Temptation (3:31)
  2. 2 Lover (3:06)
  3. 3 Autumn in New York - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:29)
  4. 4 Stella by Starlight - Charlie Parker Quintet (2:56)
  5. 5 Mama Inez (2:50)
  6. 6 La Cucaracha (3:24)
  7. 7 La Cucaracha (0:49)
  8. 8 La Cucaracha (0:10)
  9. 9 La Cucaracha (2:43)
  10. 10 Estrellita (1:57)
  11. 11 Estrellita (2:46)
  12. 12 Estrellita (0:04)
  13. 13 Estrellita (2:44)
  14. 14 Begin the Beguine (3:12)
  15. 15 La Paloma (2:39)
  16. 16 Night and Day - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:50)
  17. 17 Almost Like Being in Love - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:33)
  18. 18 I Can't Get Started - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:08)
  19. 19 What Is This Thing Called Love? - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:36)
Disc 8
  1. 1 J.A.T.P. Blues (14:42)
  2. 2 What Is This Thing Called Love? (15:51)
  3. 3 Ballad Medley: All the Things You Are/Dearly Beloved/The Nearness ... (17:23)
  4. 4 Funky Blues (13:27)
Disc 9
  1. 1 The Song Is You (2:56)
  2. 2 Laird Baird (2:44)
  3. 3 Kim (2:58)
  4. 4 Kim (2:58)
  5. 5 Cosmic Rays (3:05)
  6. 6 Cosmic Rays (3:16)
  7. 7 In the Still of the Night - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:32)
  8. 8 In the Still of the Night - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:53)
  9. 9 In the Still of the Night - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:46)
  10. 10 In the Still of the Night - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:21)
  11. 11 In the Still of the Night - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:45)
  12. 12 In the Still of the Night - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:26)
  13. 13 In the Still of the Night - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:22)
  14. 14 Old Folks - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:26)
  15. 15 Old Folks - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:09)
  16. 16 Old Folks - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (4:04)
  17. 17 Old Folks [Bird Continues Playing into Take - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:21)
  18. 18 Old Folks - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:28)
  19. 19 Old Folks - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (0:26)
  20. 20 Old Folks - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:39)
  21. 21 Old Folks - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (3:34)
  22. 22 If I Love Again - Charlie Parker & his Orchestra (2:31)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Chi-Chi (3:09)
  2. 2 Chi-Chi (0:27)
  3. 3 Chi-Chi (2:42)
  4. 4 Chi-Chi (2:37)
  5. 5 Chi-Chi (0:17)
  6. 6 Chi-Chi (3:02)
  7. 7 I Remember You (3:03)
  8. 8 Now's the Time (3:01)
  9. 9 Confirmation (0:14)
  10. 10 Confirmation (0:09)
  11. 11 Confirmation (2:58)
  12. 12 I Get a Kick out of You (4:55)
  13. 13 I Get a Kick Out of You (0:32)
  14. 14 I Get a Kick Out of You (0:16)
  15. 15 I Get a Kick Out of You (1:05)
  16. 16 I Get a Kick Out of You (0:17)
  17. 17 I Get a Kick Out of You (1:08)
  18. 18 I Get a Kick Out of You (3:34)
  19. 19 Just One of Those Things (2:46)
  20. 20 My Heart Belongs to Daddy (0:36)
  21. 21 My Heart Belongs to Daddy (3:18)
  22. 22 I've Got You Under My Skin (3:38)
  23. 23 Love for Sale (0:17)
  24. 24 Love for Sale (5:47)
  25. 25 Love for Sale (1:03)
  26. 26 Love for Sale (5:32)
  27. 27 Love for Sale (5:35)
  28. 28 I Love Paris (5:07)
  29. 29 I Love Paris (5:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Parker Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Machito Maracas, Track Performer
Walter Bishop Jr. Piano
Will Bradley Trombone
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Miles Davis Trumpet
Kenny Dorham Trumpet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Freddie Green Guitar
Al Haig Piano
Bill Harris Trombone
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Hank Jones Piano
Barney Kessel Guitar
John Lewis Piano
Shelly Manne Drums
Charles Mingus Bass
Oscar Peterson Piano
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Mel Powell Piano
Buddy Rich Drums, Track Performer
Max Roach Drums
Red Rodney Trumpet
Annie Ross Vocals
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Tony Aless Piano
Irving Ashby Guitar
Bob Haggart Bass
Neal Hefti Conductor
Dave Lambert Tenor (Vocal)
John LaPorta Clarinet
Bernie Leighton Piano
Lou McGarity Trombone
Hal McKusick Clarinet
Tommy Potter Bass
Arnold Ross Piano
Lou Stein Piano
Stan Freeman Piano
Don Lamond Drums
Mitch Miller English Horn, Oboe
Howard McGhee Trumpet
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Ken Kersey Piano
Luis Miranda Conga
Chano Pozo Conga
Teddy Kotick Bass
Percy Heath Bass
Manny Albam Baritone Saxophone
Al Porcino Trumpet
Danny Bank Baritone Saxophone
Mario Bauzá Trumpet
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Norman Granz Track Performer
Verlye Mills Harp
Maurice Brown Cello
Ray Brown Bass
Kenny Clarke Drums
Junior Collins French Horn
Art Drelinger Reeds
Gil Evans Conductor
Chris Griffin Trumpet
William K. "Billy" Hadnott Bass
Benny Harris Trumpet
Sid Harris Violin
Roy Haynes Drums
J.C. Heard Drums
René Hernández Piano
Max Hollander Violin
Isadore Zir Viola
Harry Katzman Violin
Al Killian Trumpet
Jose Madera Tenor Saxophone
Jose Mangual Bongos
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet
Harry Melnikoff Violin
Rafael Miranda Conga
Pete Mondello Tenor Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Alto Saxophone
Ubaldo Nieto Timbales
Chico O'Farrill Conductor
Gene Orloff Violin
Bernie Privin Trumpet
Samuel Rand Violin
Roberto Rodriguez Bass
Hank Ross Tenor Saxophone
Curly Russell Bass
Art Ryerson Guitar
Joseph Singer French Horn
Fred Skerritt Alto Saxophone
Bart Varsalona Bass Trombone
Ray Wetzel Trumpet
Jack Zayde Violin
Sol Rabinowitz Tenor Saxophone
Stanley Webb Baritone Saxophone
Doug Mettome Trumpet
Lee Young Drums
Leslie Johnakins Baritone Saxophone
Howard Kay Violin
Milton Lomask Violin
Carl Poole Trumpet
Zelly Smirnoff Violin
Harry Terrill Alto Saxophone
Tommy Turk Trombone
Eddie Brown Oboe
Jimmy Carroll Conductor
Murray Williams Alto Saxophone
Joe Lipman Chimes, Conductor, Xylophone
Jerome Darr Guitar
Stan Karpenia Violin
Wallace McManus Harp
Manny Thaler Bassoon
Dave Uchitel Viola
Manny Fidler Violin
Tommy Mace Oboe
Fred Ruzilla Viola
Joe Benaventi Cello
Frank Brieff Viola
Paquito Davilla Trumpet
Bronislaw Gimpel Violin
Nat Nathanson Viola
Myor Rosen Harp
Sonny Salad Alto Saxophone
Diego Iborra Percussion
Bobby Woodlen Trumpet
Sam Caplan Violin, Cornet
Ted Blume Violin
Al Stewart Trumpet
Butch Birdsall Bass (Vocal)
Jerry Parker Baritone (Vocal)
Gene Johnson Alto Saxophone
Frank Miller Cello
Technical Credits
Machito Composer
Xavier Cugat Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Liner Notes
Lester Young Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Neal Hefti Arranger
Sebastián Yradier Composer
Norman Granz Contributor
Ervin Drake Composer
Gil Evans Arranger
Arthur Freed Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
Benny Harris Composer
René Hernández Composer
Chico O'Farrill Arranger
Charlie Parker Composer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
Phil Schaap Producer, Liner Notes
Jimmy Sherman Composer
Jimmy Carroll Arranger
Joe Lipman Arranger
Gilberto Valdes Composer
Tom Adair Composer
Brooks Bowman Composer
Morgan Lewis Composer
Marion Sunshine Composer
Jose Abreu Composer
Jimmy Davis Composer
Aloysio Oliveira Composer
Norman Shrdlu Composer
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