Complete Verve Master Takes

Complete Verve Master Takes

by Charlie Parker

Along with a complete duplication of the 24 performances included in Complete Verve Masters with Strings, which was issued a year earlier than this set, there are 50 other master takes here produced by Norman Granz, ranging from a 1947 Carnegie Hall date to Parker's last in 1954. Many of the cuts come from…  See more details below


Along with a complete duplication of the 24 performances included in Complete Verve Masters with Strings, which was issued a year earlier than this set, there are 50 other master takes here produced by Norman Granz, ranging from a 1947 Carnegie Hall date to Parker's last in 1954. Many of the cuts come from 1950-1952. Half of the 1949 sessions are string dates; the rest come from sessions with Kenny Dorham, Tommy Turk, Al Haig, Tommy Potter, and Carlos Vidal. The most rewarding performances are a reunion of sorts with Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, along with Curly Russell and Buddy Rich, from April 1950. These tracks are nearly seminal versions of "Mohawk," "Leapfrog," and "Relaxin' with Lee," along with fine reads of "Bloomdido," "An Oscar for Treadwell," and "My Melancholy Baby." Four other cuts come from a brief reunion with Miles Davis and Max Roach in January of 1951 with Teddy Kotick and Walter Bishop, Jr. rounding out the band, and include smokingly hot versions of "Au Privave," "She Rote," and "K.C Blues." Other musicians who appear here are Oscar Peterson, Red Rodney, Kenny Clarke, John Lewis, and Billy Bauer, among dozens of others. The package is beautiful in a decorated, painted silver metal box that the CDs fold out of, but the booklet -- like Universal's Joni Mitchell set -- falls apart because of bogus stitching. There is undoubtedly great music here, although it would have worked better as a double set to respect those who were righteous enough to buy the strings disc.

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Disc 1

  1. The Bird
  2. Cardboard
  3. Visa
  4. Segment
  5. Passport
  6. Passport
  7. Just Friends
  8. Everything Happens to Me
  9. April in Paris
  10. Summertime
  11. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  12. If I Should Lose You
  13. Star Eyes
  14. Blues (Fast)
  15. I'm in the Mood for Love
  16. Bloomdido
  17. An Oscar for Treadwell
  18. Mohawk
  19. My Melancholy Baby
  20. Leap Frog
  21. Relaxin' With Lee
  22. Dancing in the Dark
  23. Out of Nowhere
  24. Laura

Disc 2

  1. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)
  2. They Can't Take That Away from Me
  3. Easy to Love
  4. I'm in the Mood for Love
  5. I'll Remember April
  6. Au Privave
  7. She Rote
  8. K.C. Blues
  9. Star Eyes
  10. My Little Suede Shoes
  11. Un Poquito de Tu Amor
  12. Tico-Tico (AKA "Tico-Tico No Fuba")
  13. Fiesta
  14. Why Do I Love You?
  15. Blues for Alice
  16. Si Si
  17. Swedish Schnapps
  18. Back Home Blues
  19. Lover Man
  20. Temptation
  21. Lover
  22. Autumn in New York
  23. Stella by Starlight
  24. Mama Inez
  25. La Cucaracha

Disc 3

  1. Estrellita
  2. Begin the Beguine
  3. La Paloma
  4. Night and Day
  5. Almost Like Being in Love
  6. I Can't Get Started
  7. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  8. The Song Is You
  9. Laird Baird
  10. Kim
  11. Cosmic Rays
  12. In the Still of the Night
  13. Old Folks
  14. If I Love Again
  15. Chi-Chi
  16. I Remember You
  17. Now's the Time
  18. Confirmation
  19. I Get a Kick Out of You
  20. Just One of Those Things
  21. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
  22. I've Got You Under My Skin
  23. Love for Sale
  24. I Love Paris

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Parker   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Walter Bishop   Piano
Will Bradley   Trombone
Miles Davis   Trumpet
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Haig   Piano
Bill Harris   Trombone
Hank Jones   Piano
Shelly Manne   Drums
Charles Mingus   Bass
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Rich   Drums
Max Roach   Drums
Red Rodney   Trumpet
Art Taylor   Drums
Tony Aless   Piano
Bob Haggart   Bass
Dave Lambert   Tenor (Vocal)
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Lou McGarity   Trombone
Hal McKusick   Clarinet
Tommy Potter   Bass
Lou Stein   Piano
Stan Freeman   Piano
Don Lamond   Drums
Mitch Miller   English Horn,Oboe
Luis Miranda   Conga
Stan Webb   Baritone Saxophone
Teddy Kotick   Bass
Percy Heath   Bass
Porcino   Trumpet
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Verlye Mills   Harp
Maurice Brown   Cello
Ray Brown   Bass
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Junior Collins   French Horn
Art Drelinger   Woodwind
Gil Evans   Conductor
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Benny Harris   Trumpet
Roy Haynes   Drums
Max Hollander   Violin
Isadore Zir   Viola
Jose Mangual   Bongos
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Harry Melnikoff   Violin
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Thelonious Monk   Piano
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Samuel Rand   Violin
Hank Ross   Tenor Saxophone
Curly Russell   Bass
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Sylvan Shulman   Violin
Joseph Singer   French Horn
Bart Varsalona   Trombone
Carlos Vidal   Conga
Jack Zayde   Violin
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   Conductor
Jerome Darr   Guitar
Manny Thaler   Bassoon
Block   Flute
Tommy Mace   Oboe
Frank Brieff   Viola
Bronislaw Gimpel   Violin
Myor Rosen   Harp
Sam Caplan   Violin,Concert Master
John Richard Lewis   Piano
Butch Birdsall   Bass (Vocal)
Jerry Parker   Baritone (Vocal)
Dave Lambert & His Singers   Vocals
Frank Miller   Cello

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Xavier Cugat   Composer
Max Roach   Liner Notes
Red Rodney   Liner Notes
Charlie Shavers   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Neal Hefti   Liner Notes
Dave Lambert   Choir Arrangement
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Sebastián Yradier   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Gil Evans   Arranger,Instrument Arrangement
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Benny Harris   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Phil Schaap   Liner Notes
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Jack Murray   Composer
Jimmy Sherman   Composer
Vito Picone   Composer
Arthur Venosa   Composer
Jimmy Carroll   Arranger
Joe Lipman   Arranger
Eliseo Grenet   Composer
David Stone Martin   Cover Illustration
Hollis King   Art Direction
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Tom Adair   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Brooks Bowman   Composer
Ernie Burnett   Composer
L. Wolfe Gilbert   Composer
Dedette Lee Hill   Composer
Patricia Johnston   Composer
George Norton   Composer
Ben Oakland   Composer
John Klenner   Composer
Jose Abreu   Composer
Jimmy Davis   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ken Druker   Executive Producer
Motoko Hada   Illustrations,Collage
Aloysio Oliveira   Composer
Stephanie Stein Crease   Note Editing
Sean Addy   Illustrations
Leslie Jean Bart   Cover Illustration

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