Charlie Parker with Strings: Complete Master Takes

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
When producer Norman Granz decided to let Charlie Parker record standards with a full string section featuring Mitch Miller on oboe!, the purists cried sellout, but nothing could be further from the truth. There's a real sense of involvement from Bird on these sides, which collect up all the master takes and also include some live tracks from Carnegie Hall that -- judging from the sometimes uneasy murmurings of the crowd -- amply illustrate just how weirdly this mixture of bop lines against "legit" arrangements was perceived. The music on this collection is lush, poetic, romantic as hell, and the perfect antidote to a surfeit of jazz records featuring undisciplined blowing. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
When producer Norman Granz decided to let Charlie Parker record standards with a full string section featuring Mitch Miller on oboe!, the purists cried sellout, but nothing could be further from the truth. There's a real sense of involvement from Bird on these sides, which collect up all the master takes and also include some live tracks from Carnegie Hall that -- judging from the sometimes uneasy murmurings of the crowd -- amply illustrate just how weirdly this mixture of bop lines against "legit" arrangements was perceived. The music on this collection is lush, poetic, romantic as hell, and the perfect antidote to a surfeit of jazz records featuring undisciplined blowing. There's a lot of jazz, but there's only one Bird.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/1995
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452398420
  • Catalog Number: 523984
  • Sales rank: 6,576

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Parker Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Alto Saxophone
Will Bradley Trombone
Al Haig Piano
Bill Harris Trombone
Shelly Manne Drums
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Rich Drums
Tony Aless Piano
Bob Haggart Bass
John LaPorta Clarinet
Bernie Leighton Piano
Tommy Potter Bass
Lou Stein Piano
Stan Freeman Piano
Don Lamond Drums
Mitch Miller Oboe
Manny Albam Baritone Saxophone
Al Porcino Trumpet
Verlye Mills Harp
Maurice Brown Cello
Ray Brown Bass
Art Drelinger Woodwind
Chris Griffin Trumpet
Sid Harris Vocals
Roy Haynes Drums
Max Hollander Vocals
Isadore Zir Viola
Harry Katzman Vocals
Harry Melnikoff Vocals
Pete Mondello Tenor Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Alto Saxophone
Gene Orloff Vocals
Bernie Privin Trumpet
Samuel Rand Vocals
Hank Ross Tenor Saxophone
Curly Russell Bass
Art Ryerson Guitar
Sylvan Shulman Vocals
Joseph Singer French Horn
Bart Varsalona Bass Trombone
Ray Wetzel Trumpet
Jack Zayde Vocals
Stanley Webb Baritone Saxophone
Doug Mettome Trumpet
Howard Kay Vocals
Milton Lomask Vocals
Zelly Smirnoff Vocals
Eddie Brown Oboe
Jimmy Carroll Conductor
Murray Williams Alto Saxophone
Joe Lipman Conductor
Stan Karpenia Vocals
Wallace McManus Harp
Dave Uchitel Viola
Manny Fidler Vocals
Vinnie Jacobs French Horn
Tommy Mace Oboe
Fred Ruzilla Viola
Joe Benaventi Cello
Frank Brieff Viola
Bronislaw Gimpel Vocals
Nat Nathanson Viola
Myor Rosen Harp
Sonny Salad Alto Saxophone
Diego Iborra Percussion
Sam Caplan Vocals
Ted Blume Vocals
Frank Miller Cello
Technical Credits
Matt Dennis Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Joe Goldberg Liner Notes
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Jimmy Carroll Arranger
Andrew Nicholas Mastering
Joe Lipman Arranger
David Stone Martin Illustrations
Tom Adair Composer
Pat Johnston Composer
Gordon H. Jee Director, Art Direction
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