Charlie Parker

Bird/The Savoy Recordings (Master Takes)

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This two-LP set, whose contents have since been reissued in various forms on CD, contains all 30 selections that the great altoist Charlie Parker cut for Savoy. Bird is heard as a sideman with Tiny Grimes and then as a leader during the famous "Ko Ko" session of 1945 and throughout 1947-48. With a supporting cast that includes trumpeter Miles Davis, pianists Clyde Hart, Bud Powell, John Lewis and Duke Jordan and drummer Max Roach (not to mention a cameo by Dizzy Gillespie on both trumpet and piano on "Ko Ko"), Parker is heard in prime form on such classics as "Billie's Bounce," "Now's the Time," "Thriving on A Riff," "Ko Ko," "Donna Lee," "Chasin' the Bird," "Milestones," "Parker's Mood" and "Steeplechase."

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