Charlie Parker

The Complete Dean Benedetti Recordings of Charlie Parker

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The packaging is impeccable, this seven-CD box set has a definitive 48-page booklet, and the recording quality is as good as possible, so why the "poor" rating? Dean Benedetti, a fanatical Charlie Parker disciple, recorded Bird extensively during three periods in 1947-1948 but did his best to turn off his wire recorder whenever anyone but Parker was soloing. He became legendary, as did his long lost acetates, and Mosaic has done what it could to make the excerpts coherent but the results are still quite unlistenable. None of the performances on this large set are complete; guests such as Thelonious Monk and Carmen McRae are introduced, play, or sing two notes and then are cut off. And, although Parker seems to play well, these performances reveal no new secrets and add nothing to his legacy.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 0:57
2 1:13
3 1:31
4 2:22
5 0:49
6 1:59
7 1:12
8 1:06
9 2:00
10 2:32
11 1:21
12 1:07
13 1:04
14 1:18
15 2:26
16 1:20
17 1:06
18
0:43
19 0:54
20 1:38
21 1:02
22 1:50
23 1:00
24 1:09
25 1:17
26 1:08
27 1:35
28 1:25
29 0:44
30 1:15
31 0:59
32 1:58
33 2:12
34 1:02
35 1:39
36 1:39
37 0:25
38 1:32
39 1:49
40 1:46
41 1:59
42 2:18

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:10
2 2:13
3 1:13
4 1:43
5 1:56
6 2:09
7 1:35
8 1:23
9 2:11
10 1:07
11 1:39
12 1:11
13 2:02
14 1:30
15 1:51
16 2:15
17 2:09
18 2:23
19 0:58
20 1:34
21 2:20
22 2:33
23 0:50
24 2:22
25 0:32
26 1:49
27 1:54
28 2:28
29 2:38
30 1:47
31 3:02
32 1:51
33 1:50
34 2:15
35 1:58
36 1:26

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:14
2 1:23
3 1:58
4 1:22
5 1:28
6 1:03
7 1:29
8 1:03
9 1:28
10 1:16
11 1:03
12 0:58
13 0:45
14 2:14
15 1:48
16 0:54
17 0:51
18
1:04
19 2:14
20 0:53
21 1:22
22 1:31
23 0:48
24 1:13
25 1:09
26 0:49
27 1:21
28 0:45
29 1:15
30 3:57
31 2:19
32 1:30
33 2:01
34 1:46
35 1:08
36 2:11
37 1:03
38 1:18
39 2:18
40 1:44
41 0:59
42 1:32

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 0:58
2 0:43
3 0:59
4 0:51
5 0:40
6 0:50
7 0:21
8 1:41
9 1:05
10 0:20
11 0:34
12 1:08
13 0:39
14 1:15
15 1:05
16 1:06
17 0:58
18 0:47
19 0:45
20 2:17
21 1:46
22 2:33
23 1:52
24 1:00
25 1:12
26 0:17
27 1:08
28 1:07
29 1:07
30 0:30
31 0:52
32 0:22
33 1:16
34 1:03
35 1:07
36 1:56
37 0:46
38 0:19
39 2:10
40 1:01
41 1:10
42 1:27
43 0:53
44 1:31
45 0:40
46 1:12
47 0:34
48
0:38
49 0:43
50 0:22
51 0:30
52 0:56
53 2:07
54 0:11
55 0:28
56 0:42
57
0:22
58 0:36
59 0:35
60 0:11
61 1:01
62 1:00
63 0:54
64 0:43
65 0:14
66 1:35
67 1:02
68
0:05
69 0:06
70 0:11
71 0:06
72 0:08
73 0:11
74 0:06
75 0:07
76 0:34
77 0:54

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:12
2 5:43
3 2:23
4 1:41
5 6:20
6 4:37
7 3:49
8 0:25
9 0:25
10 1:58
11 1:31
12 2:15
13 2:09
14 2:26
15 4:44
16 4:13
17 2:28
18 0:33
19
1:25
20 0:52
21 2:43
22 0:11
23 4:44
24 0:40
25 2:05
26 2:15
27 2:39

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 0:26
2 3:07
3 1:28
4 3:26
5 0:18
6 0:12
7 6:17
8 2:13
9 0:54
10 2:28
11 2:48
12
0:08
13 3:59
14 1:15
15 4:26
16 2:39
17 0:11
18 3:59
19 1:43
20 3:52
21 1:01
22 3:31
23 1:52
24 3:01
25 1:28
26 1:33
27 1:14
28 0:30
29 2:36
30 0:23
31 2:38
32 1:18
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