Miles Davis / Charlie Parker

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The late 1940's were the heyday of the movement in modern jazz known as bebop. Charlie "Bird" Parker was the king of bebop and his right hand man was a young Miles Davis who had traveled from his native East St. Louis to New York to join the legendary saxophonist. These 1947 sessions capture Parker, Davis and their regular band performing their bopping repertoire. As usual, Miles and Parker are the ultimate in contrasts; Bird is a flurry of notes with steam engine power while Davis is economic and lyrical. Also making significant contributions are Duke Jordan (piano), Tommy Potter (bass), Max Roach (drums), and J.J. Johnson (trombone), all of whom would themselves become legends of the bebop era.

While some standards are included in the mix, Parker's always-stunning originals make up the majority of the cuts. Of these, classic tracks like "Dexterity," "Dewey Square," "Bird Feathers," and "Scrapple From The Apple" will live on in the jazz canon forever and are genuine highlights here. Other overlooked gems like "Bongo Bop," "Klaunstance," and "Charlie's Wig" are also worthy of study. This is Jazz 101 for any serious student of the modern era.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:01 Spotify
2 2:45 Spotify
3 3:09 Spotify
4 2:29
5 3:13 Spotify
6 3:48 Spotify
7 2:53 Spotify
8 3:07 Spotify
9 2:59 Spotify
10 3:14 Spotify
11 4:04 Spotify
12 2:48 Spotify
13 2:54 Spotify
14 2:55 Spotify
15 2:55 Spotify
16 2:59 Spotify
17 2:59 Spotify
18 3:25 Spotify
19 2:38 Spotify
20 2:50 Spotify
21 2:45 Spotify
22 2:59 Spotify
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