The Alternative Takes series is of immense value to consumers of the "French Classics" CD series. These are alternate takes in chronological order of historic jazz (and some blues) with a strong representation of the swing era. The Alternative Takes, Vol. 1: 1945-1947 contains 32 Charlie Parker tracks on a single disc including multiple takes of "Billie's Bounce," "Now's the Time," "Thriving From a Riff," "Moose the Mooche," and "Dark Shadows." While the disc is definitely directed toward collectors, anyone with an interest in this period of jazz will also enjoy it.
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