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Bird: The Original Recordings of Charlie Parker
1. Now's the Time
5. Blues for Alice
6. Laird Baird
7. K.C. Blues
8. Lover Man
9. Just Friends
10. Bird, The
11. April in Paris
12. Lester Leaps In
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 837 176
Personnel includes: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Joe Lippman, Jimmy Carroll (conductor, arranger); Flip Phillips, Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Dizzy Gillespie, Red Rodney, Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge (trumpet); Tommy Turk (trombone); Joseph Singer (French horn); Al Haig, Bernie Leighton, Thelonious Monk, Hank Jones, John Lewis, Walter Bishop Jr, Stan Freeman (piano); Percy Heath, Ray Brown, Curley Russell, Teddy Kotick (bass); Max Roach, Kenny Clarke, Buddy Rich, Shelly Manne (drums).
Producer: Norman Granz.
Reissue producer: Richard Seidel, Seth Rothstein.
Digitally remastered by Dennis Drake, Phil Schaap, Thomas Ruff (Polygram Studios).
Personnel: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Meyer Rosen, Verlye Mills (harp); Bronislaw Gimpel, Sam Caplain, Harry Melnikoff, Zelly Smirnoff, Howard Kay, Sam Caplan, Milton Lomask, Samuel Rand, Max Hollander (violin); Frank Brieff, Isadore Zir (viola); Frank Miller , Maurice Brown (cello); Mitch Miller (oboe); Flip Phillips, Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Red Rodney, Roy Eldridge (trumpet); Joseph Singer (French horn); Tommy Turk (trombone); John Lewis, Hank Jones , Al Haig, Stan Freeman, Thelonious Monk, Walter Bishop, Jr., Bernie Leighton (piano); Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Shelly Manne, Buddy Rich (drums).
Audio Remixers: Dennis Drake; Tom "Curly" Ruff; Phil Schaap.
Recording information: Carnegie Hall, NY, NY (12/??/1947-07/30/1953); New York, NY (12/??/1947-07/30/1953).
Photographer: William Gottlieb.
Unknown Contributor Roles: John Lewis; Dizzy Gillespie; Hank Jones ; Max Roach; Miles Davis; Ray Brown ; Thelonious Monk; Buddy Rich; Charlie Parker .
Arrangers: Joe Lipman; Jimmy Caroll Orchestra with Strings; Jimmy Carroll.
This compilation of original Verve sessions (spanning '47-'53) comes highly recommended, not only for its earful of superb musicianship from the creators of modern jazz, but for the sound quality of the recordings. Many Parker releases, culled from poorly engineered live recordings or audience bootlegs, require tolerating so much sonic hiss and extraneous noise that it distances and distracts from the enjoyment. Not so with these Verve tracks, which are astonishingly clear and well-balanced throughout, highlighting Parker's dazzling technique and full, incisive tone to good measure.
Joined by the likes of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Thelonious Monk and Max Roach, among others, Bird and ensemble blaze through versions of "Mohawk," "Now's The Time," and "Laird Baird" (which Parker dedicated to his son). Those allergic to orchestral arrangements should be forewarned that several tracks, including "Laura," "April in Paris," and "Just Friends" (which includes the solo Parker reputedly claimed was his own favorite), are string-laden. Parker's playing transcends all, however, and THE ORIGINAL RECORDINGS is an outstanding collection for fans and newcomers alike.
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