Charlie Parker

Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve

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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.

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:30 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:15 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:06 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:46 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:12 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:46 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:28 Spotify
8 2:45
9 2:50 SpotifyAmazon
10 3:24 Spotify
11 3:20 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:22 Spotify
13 3:48 SpotifyAmazon
14 3:34 Spotify
15 3:16 SpotifyAmazon
16 0:05 SpotifyAmazon
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18 0:27 SpotifyAmazon
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20 0:40 SpotifyAmazon
21 0:18 SpotifyAmazon
22 2:33 Spotify
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24 0:14 SpotifyAmazon
25 2:02 SpotifyAmazon
26 2:06 SpotifyAmazon
27 0:43 SpotifyAmazon
28 2:29 Spotify
29 0:35 SpotifyAmazon
30 1:08 SpotifyAmazon
31 0:08 SpotifyAmazon
32 3:56 SpotifyAmazon
33 0:25 SpotifyAmazon
34 2:46 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:19 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:06 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:57 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:56 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:38 SpotifyAmazon
6 3:17 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:29 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:33 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:27 SpotifyAmazon
10 3:09 SpotifyAmazon
11 0:10 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:02 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:54 SpotifyAmazon
14 3:12 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:49 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:25 SpotifyAmazon
17 3:10 Amazon
18 1:34 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:55 Spotify
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feat: Machito
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Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:38 Spotify
2 2:43 Spotify
3 3:09 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:06 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:24 Spotify
6 3:34 Spotify
7 3:03 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:40 Spotify
9 2:44 Spotify
10 2:49 Spotify
11 2:58 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:58 SpotifyAmazon
13 3:05 Spotify
14 2:46 Spotify
15 2:38 Spotify
16 3:13 Spotify
17 3:10 Spotify
18 2:35 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:46 Spotify
20 3:21 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:31 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:06 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:29 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:56 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:50 Spotify
6 3:24 Spotify
7 0:49 SpotifyAmazon
8 0:10 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:43 Spotify
10 1:57 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:46 SpotifyAmazon
12 0:04 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:44 Spotify
14 3:12 Spotify
15 2:39 Spotify
16 2:50 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:33 SpotifyAmazon
18 3:08 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:36 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:56 Spotify
2 2:44 Spotify
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5 3:05 Spotify
6 3:16 SpotifyAmazon
7 0:32 SpotifyAmazon
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9 3:46 SpotifyAmazon
10 3:21 SpotifyAmazon
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12 3:26 SpotifyAmazon
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15 0:09 SpotifyAmazon
16 4:04 SpotifyAmazon
17 0:21 SpotifyAmazon
18 3:28 SpotifyAmazon
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Track Listing - Disc 10

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:09 SpotifyAmazon
2 0:27 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:37 SpotifyAmazon
5 0:17 SpotifyAmazon
6 3:02 Spotify
7 3:03 Spotify
8 3:01 Spotify
9 0:14 SpotifyAmazon
10 0:09 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:58 Spotify
12 4:55 SpotifyAmazon
13 0:32 SpotifyAmazon
14 0:16 SpotifyAmazon
15 1:05 SpotifyAmazon
16 0:17 SpotifyAmazon
17 1:08 SpotifyAmazon
18 3:34 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:46 SpotifyAmazon
20 0:36 SpotifyAmazon
21 3:18 SpotifyAmazon
22 3:38 SpotifyAmazon
23 0:17 SpotifyAmazon
24 5:47 SpotifyAmazon
25 1:03 SpotifyAmazon
26 5:32 SpotifyAmazon
27 5:35 SpotifyAmazon
28 5:07 SpotifyAmazon
29 5:07 SpotifyAmazon
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