Charlie Parker

The Genius of Charlie Parker [Savoy Jazz]

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This album was originally released on Savoy just after Parker's death in 1955. It collects prime Bird, both out-takes and masters, from half a dozen sessions recorded between 1945 and 1948. A very young Miles Davis and Max Roach are on hand for 10 of the 14 cuts. Bud Powell, John Lewis, Duke Jordan, Curly Russell, and Tommy Potter also put in appearances on various tracks. These are historic and were, at the time, revolutionary performances with Bird in first-rate form on familiar tunes like "Donna Lee," "Koko," and "Chasing the Bird."

An added treat is the inclusion of four fascinating numbers featuring Parker and Dizzy Gillespie sitting in with guitarist/vocalist Slim Gaillard's group. Diz and Bird join Gaillard for some humorous romps through his highly original songbook, including his classic "Flat Foot Floogie."

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