The Bebop Shop : Now's The Time: Bud, Bird & Bebop : Charlie Parker
This 137-track compilation features some interesting early recordings with other leaders, and then a significant proportion of his recordings as a leader and as a prominent member of other leaders' bands, working in a variety of formats from quartets and quintets, through to noted recordings with strings. It includes most of his recordings on the Savoy and Dial labels, and on Mercury, Clef, Norgran and Verve for Norman Granz, his primary record company relationships, and features some of the finest musicians of the day, including Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Buddy Rich, Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, Erroll Garner, Barney Kessel, Bud Powell, John Lewis, Hank Jones, Art Blakey, Sarah Vaughan, Sonny Rollins, Percy Heath, Charles Mingus and more. It does not purport to be a complete or definitive anthology, but it certainly represents about as comprehensive and representative cross-section of his work as can be accommodated in this 6CD set.
Miles Davis once said: "You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker"
we could not agree more. (Trapeze Music) Price: £22.99
As a bonus, this set presents two additional complete Charlie Parker sessions recorded for Guild in 1945, as well as an extremely rare date from that same year with trombonist Clyde Bernhardt and pianist Jay McShann from which only the original broken glass-based (and thus rather noisy) test pressings survive. Bird plays solos on all four sides. (Proper Music) Price: £17.99
Included here are some of Bird's most admired sides, such as "A Night in Tunisia", "Cool Blues" and "All the Things You Are", as well as the troubled "Lover Man" session, after which the saxophonist suffered a mental breakdown. Also issued on Dial was the so-called "Home-Cooking" date, an amateur recording made right after Bird left the Camarillo psychiatric hospital (the session is presented here in its entirety, including the complete version of "I Got Rhythm" for the first time ever).
As a bonus, Bird's Nest have added three additional complete Charlie Parker sessions from the same period, which were originally issued under the names of Sarah Vaughan (including a vocal version of "Lover Man" that predates the instrumental one), a legendary date with Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Clyde Hart and singer Rubberlegs Williams, and an extremely rare (and now newly remastered) studio date recorded on test glass acetates but never commercially issued, featuring Bird with trombonist/singer Clyde Bernhardt, and pianist Jay McShann. (Proper Music) Price: £28.99
The masters from a 1945 Red Norvo date (Bird's only existing encounter with pianist Teddy Wilson, reissued on Dial) are also contained here. Also issued on Dial was the so-called "Home- Cooking" date, an amateur recording made right after Bird left the Camarillo psychiatric hospital (the session is presented here in its entirety, including the complete version of "I Got Rhythm".
As a bonus, we have added two additional complete Charlie Parker sessions from the same period, which were originally issued under the names of Sir Charles Thompson and Sarah Vaughan. (Proper Music) Price: £17.99
Both were great jazz innovators, although Tristano was the first to admit Bird's pre-eminence among all musicians of that period. Their collaborative recordings consist of a variety of broadcasts, studio sessions, and even a couple of amazing duets recorded by Bird on his tape machine at Lennie's house (presenting the only known recording that Charlie Parker ever made of "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me" and his only complete version of "All of Me"). Also featured throughout this CD are great stars such as Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan and Max Roach. (Proper Music) Price: £12.99
Focused on experiments in Afro-Cuban fusion, Parker is joined by a dazzling array of jazz legends including Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Art Blakey, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Red Rodney, and others. The track listing matches the cast of musicians; 'Cherokee' and 'A Night in Tunisia' are captured in pristine form, while maintaining the live-ness and intimate jazz spontaneity of Parker's best recordings.
The package includes an essay by rock keyboardist Keith Emerson. While these tracks have previously appeared on other albums, this is the first time they have been gathered in this package. (Proper Music) Price: £15.99
Their joy of playing on stage with Parker is truly palpable to the listener. This double CD set contains 2 shows and a late night jam. Some of these recordings have been previously released, but at the wrong speed - but now we get the full sets in the way it sounded 1950. (Proper Music) Price: £27.99
A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf Price: £15.99
The supporting cast of trumpeter Miles Davis, pianist Duke Jordan, bassist Tommy Potter, and drummer Max Roach helped compromise the Charlie quintet but Jordan is heard in solo only briefly and Davis hardly at all. Tape was precious and Knepper saved the lions share for Bird. The standards and the originals are all here as only Parker could play them, including A Night in Tunisia break and several versions of 52nd Street Theme. (Fantasy, Inc.) Price: £10.99
180g pressing. Price: £25.99
A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf Price: £12.99
Verve 60 edition. Price: £25.99
The big bonus to this CD is previously unreleased live material from two other D.C. concerts Bird performed at the Howard Theater in 1952 and 1953. Two tracks from the 1952 show included here are Scrapple From the Apple and a medley of Out of Nowhere/Nows the Time, performed by a group that included pianist Bill Shanahan, tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims, trumpeter Charlie Walp, guitarist Charlie Byrd, bassist Mert Oliver and drummer Don Lamond. The four tracks recorded in 1953 (Ornithology, Out of Nowhere, Cool Blues and Anthropology) were performed by Parkers quartet, including Jack Holliday (piano), Franklin Skeete (bass) and Max Roach (drums). (Blue Note Records) Price: £8.99
Among the highlights are Bird's best version of 'My Funny Valentine' and a wonderful small-group reading of 'Laura', which Bird usually played with strings. A set featuring Parker as a guest of Stan Kentons orchestra, recorded during the same period and containing another version of 'My Funny Valentine', has been added as a bonus. (Proper Music) Price: £24.99