Masterworks: 1946-1947

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Masterworks: 1946-1947 is both an appropriate and ill chosen term for the 23 Charlie Parker performances packed into this 1998 Giants of Jazz compilation. Everything on this disc was recorded for Ross Russell's Dial label in Hollywood and New York between March 28, 1946 and December 17, 1947. Most of Bird's breathtaking ballads and mind-blowing originals really were masterfully rendered, whereas three titles from July 29, 1946 were recorded during a toxic meltdown that sent Bird -- initially handcuffed and strait-jacketed -- into a cell in the Los Angeles County Jail followed by six weeks of involuntary rehab at Camarillo State Mental Hospital. Parker's mastery really did...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Masterworks: 1946-1947 is both an appropriate and ill chosen term for the 23 Charlie Parker performances packed into this 1998 Giants of Jazz compilation. Everything on this disc was recorded for Ross Russell's Dial label in Hollywood and New York between March 28, 1946 and December 17, 1947. Most of Bird's breathtaking ballads and mind-blowing originals really were masterfully rendered, whereas three titles from July 29, 1946 were recorded during a toxic meltdown that sent Bird -- initially handcuffed and strait-jacketed -- into a cell in the Los Angeles County Jail followed by six weeks of involuntary rehab at Camarillo State Mental Hospital. Parker's mastery really did enable him to make it through the tragic take of "Lover Man" with some measure of dignity. On "The Gypsy" and "Bebop," however, Bird simply sounds poisoned and uncoordinated. Masterworks really is a peculiarly inappropriate heading for these two recordings. The other 21 -- including "Lover Man" -- are worthy of that much-abused term, which has long been suspect and in danger of being rendered meaningless through careless application. To summarize: this is a chronologically jumbled Charlie Parker Dial sampler and it's good. For maximum enjoyment and fulfillment, obtain his complete Dial recordings and study them carefully in sequence, session by session.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/1998
  • Label: Giants Of Jazz (Ita)
  • EAN: 8004883530076
  • Catalog Number: 53007

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bird of Paradise (3:10)
  2. 2 Embraceable You (3:21)
  3. 3 Crazeology (2:58)
  4. 4 Dewey Square (3:26)
  5. 5 My Old Flame (3:12)
  6. 6 Relaxin' at Camarillo (3:01)
  7. 7 The Hymn (2:27)
  8. 8 Klact-Oveeseds-Tene (3:06)
  9. 9 Don't Blame Me (2:47)
  10. 10 Scrapple From The Apple (2:57)
  11. 11 Quasimodo (2:54)
  12. 12 Dexterity (3:01)
  13. 13 A Night in Tunisia (3:05)
  14. 14 Ornithology (2:59)
  15. 15 Lover Man (3:17)
  16. 16 Yardbird Suite (2:39)
  17. 17 Moose the Mooche (3:02)
  18. 18 The Gypsy (3:02)
  19. 19 Bebop (2:52)
  20. 20 Bird's Nest (2:41)
  21. 21 Out of Nowhere (4:04)
  22. 22 Cheers (3:03)
  23. 23 Stupendous (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Parker Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Miles Davis Trumpet
Erroll Garner Piano
Wardell Gray Tenor Saxophone
Duke Jordan Piano
Barney Kessel Guitar
Max Roach Drums
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Potter Bass
Don Lamond Drums
Howard McGhee Trumpet, Track Performer
Jimmy Bunn Piano
Red Callender Bass
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Dodo Marmarosa Piano
Roy Porter Drums
Harold "Doc" West Drums
Arv Garrison Guitar
Bob "Dingbod" Kesterson Bass
Vic McMillan Bass
Technical Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Howard McGhee Composer
Benny Harris Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
Billy Reid Composer
Jimmy Sherman Composer
Jimmy Davis Composer
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