Charlie Parker

Star Eyes

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Although Charlie Parker favorites like "Salt Peanuts," "Dewey Square," and "Bebop" are all missing from this greatest-hits collection, Star Eyes still does a decent job of compiling some of what gave the Bird such world renown. "Ornithology," "Ah-Leu-Cha," "Embraceable You," "Yardbird Suite," "Koko," "Billie's Bounce," and "Klact-Oveedseds-Tene" (listed here without the dashes) are included, along with 18 other great songs, all of which showcase Parker's expressive, intricate sax work. As it professes to be, Star Eyes is a good introductory compilation.

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