Various Artists

Be Bop Story: 1944-1945

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The Be Bop Story is a three-disc box set featuring various small groups led by Billy Eckstine (which early on featured both Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker), Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Red Norvo, Barney Kessel and (finally) Charlie Parker, among others. With multiple tracks by each leader, the set does a good job of illustrating the progression of bop during the mid-'40s, though separate Parker and Gillespie collections work better than this.

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