These 1991 digital remasters of Charlie Parker's Savoy recordings are for the most part extremely clean-sounding, allowing the listener to check out the work of the definitive bebop master without feeling like they've tuned in to the Scratchy Record Hour. The cuts on VOLUME 2 were recorded between 1944 and 1948 with a band that included Miles Davis on trumpet and Max Roach on drums, with either John Lewis or Bud Powell on piano and Curly Russell, Tommy Potter or Nelson Boyd on bass.
These reissues duplicate the tune selection and sequencing of the original Savoy posthumous collections of Parker's work (the original album cover/liner notes are reproduced as well). Several "short takes," essentially false starts, are included, as well as session notes and take listings. Save three tunes credited to Miles ("Milestones," "Half Nelson" and "Sipping at Bells") it's a set of all Parker originals, including the signature compositions "Parker's Mood," "Donna Lee" and "Billie's Bounce."