Ken Burns Jazz

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He hoboed his way east from Kansas City, his demeanor unpolished and his solo style brilliant yet frantic. It took a couple of stabs at the Apple before he settled in; he and his fellow Harlem-based innovators took some time getting used to each other. But by the mid-Forties, Charlie Parker, New York, and bebop were popping. In no more than a decade of small-group explorations in clubs and on records, Parker established the greatest musical revolution in jazz since Louis Armstrong's innovations of the mid-Twenties. Parker's unprecedented virtuosity on alto saxophone enabled him to create three-minute masterpieces seemingly spontaneously and at will. By the time of his death, his influence had spread way beyond his ...
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He hoboed his way east from Kansas City, his demeanor unpolished and his solo style brilliant yet frantic. It took a couple of stabs at the Apple before he settled in; he and his fellow Harlem-based innovators took some time getting used to each other. But by the mid-Forties, Charlie Parker, New York, and bebop were popping. In no more than a decade of small-group explorations in clubs and on records, Parker established the greatest musical revolution in jazz since Louis Armstrong's innovations of the mid-Twenties. Parker's unprecedented virtuosity on alto saxophone enabled him to create three-minute masterpieces seemingly spontaneously and at will. By the time of his death, his influence had spread way beyond his instrument and jazz, to the point where he had become an icon of twentieth-century creativity.
All Music Guide - Campbell
With cooperation from the Verve and Columbia Legacy catalogs, the Ken Burns Jazz series on CD individually spotlights the musical excellence of 22 jazz originators whose careers and influence are explored in Burns' PBS documentary Jazz. Even though alto saxophonist Charlie Parker didn't record as much material as other legends in this series, it's still impossible on a single disc to achieve a thorough picture of Bird's influence. However, you can't go wrong with "Ko-Ko," "Ornithology," "Anthropology," "Now's the Time," "Lover Man," and "Yardbird Suite," all classic Parker mid- to late-'40s bebop sides on Savoy and Dial. Also highlighted are "Just Friends" from the controversial release with strings, and early performances as a member of Dizzy Gillespie's All Star Quintet and Jay McShann's Orchestra. While it's impossible to sum up the history of Parker on a single disc and aficionados will find nothing new, the highlights here keep the novice listener interested enough to continue searching out more material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731454908429
  • Catalog Number: 549084
  • Sales rank: 24,709

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sepian Bounce (3:09)
  2. 2 Salt Peanuts (3:15)
  3. 3 Hot House (3:13)
  4. 4 Koko (2:56)
  5. 5 Anthropology (2:56)
  6. 6 Now's the Time (3:17)
  7. 7 Ornithology (3:01)
  8. 8 Yardbird Suite (2:55)
  9. 9 Lover Man (3:20)
  10. 10 Relaxin' at Camarillo (3:01)
  11. 11 Embraceable You (3:46)
  12. 12 Scrapple from the Apple (2:57)
  13. 13 Parker's Mood (3:04)
  14. 14 Just Friends (3:32)
  15. 15 Star Eyes (3:37)
  16. 16 Confirmation (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Parker Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Walter Bishop Jr. Piano
Miles Davis Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie Piano, Trumpet, Vocals
Wardell Gray Tenor Saxophone
Al Haig Piano
Duke Jordan Piano
Barney Kessel Guitar
John Lewis Piano
Buddy Rich Drums
Max Roach Drums
Tommy Potter Bass
Stan Freeman Piano
Don Lamond Drums
Mitch Miller Oboe
Howard McGhee Trumpet
Teddy Kotick Bass
Gene Ramey Bass
Percy Heath Bass
Taswell Baird Trombone
Ray Brown Bass
Jimmy Bunn Piano
Red Callender Bass
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Sadik Hakim Piano
Max Hollander Violin
Dodo Marmarosa Piano
Roy Porter Drums
Curly Russell Bass
Harold "Doc" West Drums
Bob Merrill Trumpet
Arv Garrison Electric Guitar
Milton Lomask Violin
Jimmy Carroll Conductor
Frank Brieff Viola
Bronislaw Gimpel Violin
Myor Rosen Harp
Fred Culliver Tenor Saxophone
Bob "Dingbod" Kesterson Bass
Buddy Anderson Trumpet
Bob Mabane Tenor Saxophone
Orville Minor Trumpet
Lawrence Anderson Trombone
Lucky Enois Guitar
John Jackson Alto Saxophone
Frank Miller Cello
Technical Credits
Jimmie Davis Composer
Tadd Dameron Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Ken Burns Executive Producer
Kenny Clarke Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Didier C. Deutsch Discographical Information
Benny Harris Composer
Peter Keepnews Liner Notes
Charlie Parker Composer
Don Raye Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
William Scott Arranger
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Jimmy Carroll Arranger
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Pat Sweeting Business Consultant
Ron Goldstein Executive Producer
Hollis King Art Direction
Ben Young Discographical Information
Scott Currier Archival Consultant
John Klenner Composer
Carlos Kase Discographical Information
Zefa Liner Notes
Lauren Atlas Packaging Manager
John Chiristiana Packaging Manager
Adam Owett Art Direction
Clare Walker Packaging Manager
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
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