Charlie Parker

The Complete Masters 1941-1954

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Although there are a plethora of Charlie Parker collections, very few, if any, come close to earning the title of "complete." That said, 2011's 13-disc box-set from Universal France, The Complete Masters 1941-1954, comes fairly close. While this collection by no means includes all of the legendary jazz saxophonist's work, it does include all of the "master" cuts off his major studio recordings, both as a leader and sideman. Not included, however, are any "alternate" takes, which have shown up on several reissues over the years. Similarly, the only track included off the classic concert album, Live at Massey Hall, is "Wee." That said, if you're looking for the definitive "master" takes of such tunes as Parker's 1945 rendition of "Groovin' High" with Dizzy Gillespie, or his definitive 1946 recording of "Lover Man," then The Complete Masters 1941-1954 will offer you plenty of bang for your jazz-loving buck.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:46
2 3:03
3 3:03
4 3:00
5 3:07
6 3:13
7 2:54
8 3:00
9 3:03
10 3:08
11 2:51
12 3:13
13 2:58
14 2:29
15 2:56
16 2:53
17 2:44
18 2:50
19 2:44
20 2:50
21 2:49

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:19
2 3:04
3 3:24
4 3:13
5 3:03
6 2:43
7 2:42
8 4:12
9 3:49
10 4:30
11 3:55
12 3:11
13 3:02
14 2:55
15 2:35
16 2:35
17 3:10
18 3:16
19 2:55
20 2:54
21 3:17

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:11
2 2:32
3 2:59
4 3:17
5 2:53
6 3:02
7 2:54
8 3:01
9 0:48
10 3:03
11 2:31
12 3:19
13 3:02
14 2:52
15 2:26
16 2:07
17 2:21
18 3:12
19 3:07
20 2:45
21 1:57
22 2:22
23 3:05

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:02
2 2:59
3 2:43
4 2:54
5 2:33
6 2:45
7 2:59
8 2:31
9 2:36
10 2:52
11 2:44
12 2:22
13 2:58
14 2:44
15 3:06
16 2:27
17 3:10
18 3:42
19 3:21
20 2:50
21 3:05
22 2:55

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:10
2 3:49
3 2:46
4 3:01
5 2:58
6 2:45
7 3:04
8 3:02
9 3:30
10 2:39
11 2:51
12 2:43
13 2:37
14 2:58
15 4:46
16 2:31
17 2:55
18 2:29
19 3:05
20 2:33
21 2:44
22 3:05
23 2:25

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:54
2 2:55
3 3:07
4 2:41
5 4:32
6 4:12
7 3:03
8 3:09
9 2:59
10 3:21
11 2:56
12 3:00
13 3:18
14 3:31
15 3:16
16 3:07
17 2:47
18 3:13
19 2:47

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:29
2 2:46
3 2:52
4 3:26
5 3:24
6 3:36
7 3:24
8 2:30
9 2:47
10 3:11
11 3:07
12 2:59
13 3:40
14 3:19
15 3:31
16 3:35
17 3:04
18 1:35
19 2:56

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:32
2 3:08
3 3:30
4 2:58
5 2:51
6 2:44
7 2:45
8 3:14
9 2:42
10 2:51
11 2:36
12 3:09
13 2:38
14 2:58
15 2:46
16
3:00
17 3:06

Track Listing - Disc 11

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:46
2 7:02
3 6:20
4 7:07
5 3:25
6 3:37
7 2:27
8 3:05
9 3:05
10 3:03
11 2:59
12 3:36
13 2:43
14 3:21
15 3:36
16 5:37
17 5:07

Track Listing - Disc 12

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:50
2 3:11
3 2:59
4 2:59
5 4:08
6 2:52
7 3:11
8 6:20
9 3:19
10 3:31
11 3:42
12 3:45
13 4:35
14 6:03
15 4:47
16 9:12
17 7:32

Track Listing - Disc 13

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:41
2 3:15
3 3:51
4 4:33
5 3:27
6 4:58
7 5:09
8 3:32
9 6:28
10 9:26
11 7:13
12 3:30
13 5:19
14
6:51
15 5:00
16 4:16
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