Charlie Parker Septet

Ornithology

Composed by Benny Harris / Charlie Parker

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It has been argued -- quite convincingly, actually -- that Charlie Parker was the most influential soloist in jazz history. Certainly, he's one of the top three, topped perhaps only by Louis Armstrong (who, after all, essentially invented the form), and nowhere is that more evident than on such theme songs as "Ornithology" and "Yardbird Suite." Ranking just behind "Ko Ko" as the most familiar items in his catalog, the songs are showcases for his intense, dizzying style. His technique was unbelievable -- fast but articulate, filled with notes, yet extremely musical. It was revolutionary music and it still sounds like the work of a determined pioneer that cannot be swayed from his vision. In other words, it's intense and the passage of years has done nothing to diminish its fire.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Yardbird Suite: The Ultimate Collection 1997 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:00
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Fantasy
BeBop Spoken Here: Disorder at the Border 2000
Various Artists
Proper Sales & Dist. 3:01
1944-1946: Lucky Start 2001 EPM 2:58
A Studio Chronicle 1940-1948 2003 JSP 3:02
Miles Stones 2004 Trilogie 3:00
The Yardbird Sessions 2005 Universe 3:00
Very Best of the Dial Years 2005 Master Classics 3:01
The Complete Masters 1941-1954 2011 Emarcy 3:01