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Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve [Box]


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Sweet Georgia Brown
    2. Blues For Norman
    3. I Can't Get Started
    4. Lady Be Good
    5. After You've Gone
    6. I Got Rhythm
    7. Introductions by Norman Granz - (previously unreleased)
    8. J.A.T.P. Blues
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Bird, The
    2. Repetition
    3. No Noise (Parts 1 and 2)
    4. No Noise - (previously unreleased, part 2 complete)
    5. Mango Mangue
    6. Okiedoke
    7. Cardboard
    8. Visa
    9. Segment - (tune x)
    10. Diverse - (alternate take, tune x)
    11. Passport
    12. Passport - (tune z, common)
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Opener, The
    2. Lester Leaps In
    3. Embraceable You
    4. Closer, The
    5. Ow - (introduction of Ella Fitzgerald, recently discovered)
    6. Flyin' Home - (recently discovered)
    7. How High the Moon - (previously unreleased)
    8. Perdido - (previously unreleased)
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Just Friends
    2. Everything Happens to Me
    3. April in Paris
    4. Summertime
    5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
    6. If I Should Lose You
    7. Star Eyes
    8. Blues - (fast)
    9. I'm in the Mood For Love
    10. Bloomdido
    11. Oscar For Treadwell, An - (take 3, alternate take)
    12. Oscar For Treadwell, An - (take 4, master take)
    13. Mohawk - (take 3, alternate take)
    14. Mohawk - (take 6, master take)
    15. My Melancholy Baby - (take 1, recently discovered)
    16. My Melancholy Baby - (previously unreleased, coda rehearsal)
    17. My Melancholy Baby - (take 2, master take)
    18. Leap Frog - (previously unreleased, take 1, incomplete)
    19. Leap Frog - (previously unreleased, take 2, incomplete)
    20. Leap Frog - (previously unreleased, take 3, incomplete)
    21. Leap Frog - (previously unreleased, take 4, incomplete)
    22. Leap Frog - (previously unreleased, take 5, complete)
    23. Leap Frog - (previously unreleased, take 6, incomplete)
    24. Leap Frog - (previously unreleased, take 7, incomplete)
    25. Leap Frog - (take 8, alternate take)
    26. Leap Frog - (take 9, recently discovered, complete)
    27. Leap Frog - (previously unreleased, take 10, incomplete)
    28. Leap Frog - (take 11, master take)
    29. Relaxing With Lee - (previously unreleased, take 1, incomplete)
    30. Relaxing With Lee - (previously unreleased, take 2, incomplete)
    31. Relaxing With Lee - (previously unreleased, take 3, false start)
    32. Relaxing With Lee - (take 4, alternate take)
    33. Relaxing With Lee - (previously unreleased, take 5, incomplete)
    34. Relaxing With Lee - (take 6, master)
    0. DISC 5:
    1. Dancing in the Dark
    2. Out of Nowhere
    3. Laura - (previously unreleased, take 1, complete)
    4. Laura - (take 2, master)
    5. East of the Sun
    6. They Can't Take That Away From Me
    7. Easy to Love
    8. I'm in the Mood For Love - (take 2, master)
    9. I'm in the Mood For Love - (take 3, alternate take, first issue since 1952)
    10. I'll Remember April - (previously unreleased, take 1, complete)
    11. I'll Remember April - (previously unreleased, take 2, false start)
    12. I'll Remember April - (take 3, master)
    13. What Is This Thing Called Love?
    14. April in Paris
    15. Repetition
    16. Easy to Love
    17. Rocker
    18. Celebrity
    19. Ballade
    20. Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite
    0. DISC 6:
    1. Au Privave - (take 2, alternate take)
    2. Au Privave - (take 3, master take)
    3. She Rote - (take 3, alternate take)
    4. She Rote - (take 5, master take)
    5. K.C. Blues
    6. Star Eyes
    7. My Little Suede Shoes
    8. Un Poquito de Tu Amor
    9. Tico Tico
    10. Fiesta
    11. Why Do I Love You? - (take 2, alternate take)
    12. Why Do I Love You? - (take 6, alternate take)
    13. Why Do I Love You? - (take 7, master take)
    14. Blues For Alice
    15. Si Si
    16. Swedish Schnapps - (take 3, alternate take)
    17. Swedish Schnapps - (take 4, master take)
    18. Back Home Blues - (take 1, alternate take)
    19. Back Home Blues - (take 2, master take)
    20. Loverman
    0. DISC 7:
    1. Temptation
    2. Lover
    3. Autumn in New York
    4. Stella by Starlight
    5. Mama Inez
    6. La Cucuracha - (previously unreleased, take 1, complete)
    7. La Cucuracha - (previously unreleased, take 2, incomplete)
    8. La Cucuracha - (previously unreleased, take 3, false start)
    9. La Cucuracha - (take 4, master take)
    10. Estrellita - (previously unreleased, take 2, incomplete)
    11. Estrellita - (previously unreleased, take 4, complete)
    12. Estrellita - (previously unreleased, take 5, false start)
    13. Estrellita - (take 6, master take)
    14. Begin the Beguine
    15. La Paloma
    16. Night and Day
    17. Almost Like Being in Love
    18. I Can't Get Started
    19. What Is This Thing Called Love?
    0. DISC 8:
    1. Jam Blues
    2. What Is This Thing Called Love?
    3. Ballad Medley: All The Things You Are / Dearly Beloved / The Nearness Of You / I'll Get By / Everything Happens To Me / The Man I Love / What's New / Someone To Watch Over Me / Isn't It Romantic
    4. Funky Blues
    0. DISC 9:
    1. Song Is You, The
    2. Laird Baird
    3. Kim - (take 2, alternate take)
    4. Kim - (take 4, master take)
    5. Cosmic Rays - (take 2, master take)
    6. Cosmic Ray - (take 5, alternate take)
    7. In the Still of the Night - (previously unreleased, take 1, false start)
    8. In the Still of the Night - (previously unreleased, take 2, incomplete)
    9. In the Still of the Night - (previously unreleased, take 3, complete)
    10. In the Still of the Night - (previously unreleased, take 4, complete)
    11. In the Still of the Night - (previously unreleased, take 5, false start)
    12. In the Still of the Night - (previously unreleased, take 6, complete)
    13. In the Still of the Night - (take 7, master take)
    14. Old Folks - (previously unreleased, take 1, incomplete)
    15. Old Folks - (previously unreleased, take 2, false start)
    16. Old Folks - (previously unreleased, take 3, complete)
    17. Old Folks - (take 4, Bird continues playing into take 5, incomplete, false start)
    18. Old Folks - (previously unreleased, take 6, complete)
    19. Old Folks - (previously unreleased, take 7, incomplete)
    20. Old Folks - (previously unreleased, take 8, complete)
    21. Old Folks - (take 9, master take)
    22. If I Love Again
    0. DISC 10:
    1. Chi Chi - (take 1, alternate take)
    2. Chi Chi - (previously unreleased, take 2, false start)
    3. Chi Chi - (take 3, alternate take)
    4. Chi Chi - (take 4, recently discovered, complete)
    5. Chi Chi - (previously unreleased, take 5, false start)
    6. Chi Chi - (take 6, master take)
    7. I Remember You
    8. Now's the Time
    9. Confirmation - (previously unreleased, take 1, false start)
    10. Confirmation - (previously unreleased, take 2, false start)
    11. Confirmation - (take 3, master take)
    12. I Get a Kick Out of You - (take 1, alternate take)
    13. I Get a Kick Out of You - (previously unreleased, take 2, false start & rehearsal)
    14. I Get a Kick Out of You - (previously unreleased, take 3, false start & rehearsal)
    15. I Get a Kick Out of You - (previously unreleased, take 4, incomplete)
    16. I Get a Kick Out of You - (previously unreleased, take 5, false start)
    17. I Get a Kick Out of You - (previously unreleased, take 6, incomplete)
    18. I Get a Kick Out of You - (previously unreleased, take 7, master take)
    19. Just One of Those Things
    20. My Heart Belongs to Daddy - (previously unreleased, take 1, false start & rehearsal)
    21. My Heart Belongs to Daddy - (take 2, master take)
    22. I've Got You Under My Skin
    23. Love For Sale - (previously unreleased, take 1, false start)
    24. Love For Sale - (previously unreleased, take 2, complete)
    25. Love For Sale - (previously unreleased, take 3, incomplete)
    26. Love For Sale - (take 4, alternate take)
    27. Love For Sale - (take 5, master take)
    28. I Love Paris - (take 2, alternate take)
    29. I Love Paris - (take 3, master take)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 837 141

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    This 10 CD retrospective contains everything Bird recorded on the Verve label, including live tracks with Ella Fitzgerald. With nearly 2 hours of never-before-released music, there are 175 tracks in all, a 24 page booklet with photos and liner notes by Dizzy Gillespie.
    Personnel includes: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Clarke, Ben Webster, Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Gil Evans, Thelonious Monk, Buddy Rich, Lester Young, Max Roach, Kenny Dorham, Ray Brown, Red Rodney, John Lewis, Roy Haynes.
    Producer: Norman Granz.
    Compilation producer: Phil Schaap.
    Includes liner notes by Dizzy Gillespie and Phil Schaap.
    Digitally remastered by Phil Schaap, Tom "Curley" Ruff and Dennis M. Drake.
    It is difficult to overestimate the importance of this ten-disc set, a comprehensive collection of everything Parker recorded for Verve. Though not as incendiary as the Dial and Savoy boxes, the Verve set still witnesses Parker developing the model for modern jazz, devising styles and techniques that would define the genre for the rest of the century. The range of material here is impressive, and the music shows Bird venturing beyond his already wide-reaching jazz horizons to encompass Afro-Cuban influences and Classically tinged phrases. He even quotes from Stravinsky's THE RITE OF SPRING on "Repetition."
    The list of session musicians reads like a veritable who's who of jazz. Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Buddy Rich, Lester Young, and Max Roach all put in appearances. Here also are Parker's controversial sessions with strings. While purists cried sacrilege at the marriage, the playing is rich in tone and body-to the point of dreaminess--and, even in an orchestral context, Parker is never less than experimentally virtuosic. In short, THE COMPLETE SESSION ON VERVE is an essential contribution-along with the Dial and Savoy sessions--to a complete picture of one of jazz's greatest figures.

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