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Charlie Parker: Bird In Time 1940-1947 (CD: ESP DISK, 4 CDs)Charlie Parker: Bird In Time 1940-1947 (CD: ESP DISK, 4 CDs)
Charlie Parker – Bird in Time: 1940-1947” is a unique four disc set produced by Bebop Jazz Historian Michael D. Anderson. This set chronicles the early developmental stages of the career of the artist from 1940 to the fall of 1947. This includes his performances in the Jay McShann band, his work as a sideman, collaborations with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, as well as his leadership of various groups.

In addition to select recordings, the four disc set includes unique interviews by Mr. Anderson with artists who performed with Charlie Parker, or "Bird" as they knew him, describing in detail their experiences with him during this period of time. These interviews provide, for the first time, a glimpse into the creative process that was engaged in making these song tracks. This is a "must have" for serious Charlie Parker music collectors. (ESP DISK) 


Price:  £48.99 


Charlie Parker: The Complete Dean Benedetti Recordings (CD: Mosaic- US Import, 7 CDs)
 


Price:  £139.99 

Charlie Parker: The Complete Dean Benedetti Recordings (CD: Mosaic- US Import, 7 CDs)


Jay McShann Orchestra featuring Charlie Parker: Early Bird (CD: Spotlite)Jay McShann Orchestra featuring Charlie Parker: Early Bird (CD: Spotlite)
Earliest recordings of alto-saxophonist Charlie Parker, with pianist Jay McShann's groups in Wichita (1940) and New York (1943) radio broadcasts, and accompanied by unidentified musicians at Clark Monroe's Uptown House, an after-hours club for early modernists. McShann's groups typify the Kansas City style of riffed swing and blues, especially exemplified by Count Basie. Parker already reveals formidable talent---fluent invention and direct emotional attack which marked his playing as most important solo voice and improviser in modern jazz. Historically important example of "Bird" Parker in early flight. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishers.) 


Price:  £8.99 


Charlie Parker: Chasin' The Bird (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
We remember Charlie Parker’s death, 50 years ago this year, with this box set that contains some of the most telling of Bird’s live-recordings. Here is the extraordinary alto saxophonist, a key figure in the evolution of jazz, in full flight. During his tragically short career it was evident to most observers that Charlie Parker was one of a kind. Though there were some who recoiled from the emotional message of his brilliant playing, there was a small but significant group of listeners even in the 1940s who realised that his work was something extraordinary and significant. Already at his death in 1955 it became clear that, for all his personal failings, he had made an enormous contribution to the field of jazz. Now, 50 years after the event, he can be seen as one of the very few key figures in its evolution - and indirectly a huge influence on the wider world of American popular music. (Proper Records) 


Price:  £15.49 

Charlie Parker: Chasin' The Bird (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)


Charlie Parker: Bird Symbols (CD: Collectables- US Import)Charlie Parker: Bird Symbols (CD: Collectables- US Import)
Recordings made in Hollywood, California March 1946, February 1947 & New York October & November 1947. 


Price:  £13.99 


Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy Masters (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)
The Savoy sessions, recorded mostly between 1946 and ’48, have been considered one of the highest points of Charlie Parker’s recording career. The complete masters featured here include other studio dates for small labels later acquired and re-issued by Savoy. Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis both appear among the personnel, and on four tracks Parker switches from alto to tenor.

Double CD includes many bonus tracks recorded for Guild in 1945 as well as an extremely rare date with trombonist Clyde Bernhard pianist Jay McShann, now issued with better sound quality than previously available. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £17.99 

Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy Masters (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)


Charlie Parker: Complete Savoy Sessions (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 4 CDs)Charlie Parker: Complete Savoy Sessions (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 4 CDs)
This set presents the complete sessions (including all of the master, alternative and incomplete takes) that Charlie Parker recorded in the studio for the Savoy label between 1944 and 1948. These include some of his most admired sides and he can also be heard on tenor sax, an instrument on which he only rarely recorded.

All other studio sessions originally recorded by other small labels during the period but later acquired and reissued by Savoy have also been included and there are interesting bonus tracks. 4 CD set with detailed booklet. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £23.99 


Charlie Parker: The Complete Live Performances On Savoy (CD: Savoy Jazz, 4 CDs- US Import)
 


Price:  £45.99 

Charlie Parker: The Complete Live Performances On Savoy (CD: Savoy Jazz, 4 CDs- US Import)


Charlie Parker: The Dial Masters- Original Choice Takes (CD: Spotlite, 2 CDs)Charlie Parker: The Dial Masters- Original Choice Takes (CD: Spotlite, 2 CDs)
Bird's Dial recordings are among the greatest in all jazz. Spotlite's two-disc set collates all the takes selected by Dial for release, including the famously disorientated session with Howard McGhee in July 1946. The sorrowful account of 'The Gypsy' and the anguished performance of 'Loverman' are as essential as they are harrowing. Bird classics 'Relaxin' At Camarillo', 'Scrapple From The Apple' and 'Ornithology' are here too. If you can't stretch to the complete set, this is the definitive collection.

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf  


Price:  £16.99 


Charlie Parker: On Dial- The Complete Sessions (CD: Spotlite, 4 CDs)
 


Price:  £20.99 

Charlie Parker: On Dial- The Complete Sessions (CD: Spotlite, 4 CDs)


Charlie Parker: The Quintet- Jazz At Massey Hall (CD: Debut)Charlie Parker: The Quintet- Jazz At Massey Hall (CD: Debut)
Billed as "Quintet of the Year," this all-star session comprised Charlie Parker (alto sax), Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Bud Powell (piano), Charles Mingus (bass) and Max Roach (drums). It was probably the last time (1953) these by-then famous bop musicians played together, and the music from this Toronto concert was indeed memorable---despite the audience being depleted by the competing attraction of a world heavyweight boxing fight. Onstage, the musicians perform with expressive power and panache. Bop favourites like "Salt Peanuts" (minimalist scat vocal), "Hot House," and "A Night in Tunisia" mix with jazz standards "Perdido" and "All the Things You Are." A fortuitous occasion, and summation of the bebop style as played by its major adherents. Essential for any modern jazz collection. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.)

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf 


Price:  £9.99 


Charlie Parker: Bird On 52nd Street (CD: Jazz Workshop)
A companion album to Bird at St. Nick’s (OJC-041), this was also taped on location by trombonist Jimmy Knepper. It comes, most likely, from the Three Deuces on New York’s famed “Swing Alley,” 52nd Street.

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 lion’s 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 

Charlie Parker: Bird On 52nd Street (CD: Jazz Workshop)


Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Diz 'N Bird At Carnegie Hall (CD: Blue Note- US Import)Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Diz 'N Bird At Carnegie Hall (CD: Blue Note- US Import)
 


Price:  £14.99 


Charlie Parker: In Chicago- Live At The Pershing Hotel (CD: Ember)
Recorded at the Pershing Hotel, Chicago, 23rd October 1950. 


Price:  £11.99 

Charlie Parker: In Chicago- Live At The Pershing Hotel (CD: Ember)


Charlie Parker: At Storyville (CD: Blue Note)Charlie Parker: At Storyville (CD: Blue Note)
 


Price:  £8.99 


Charlie Parker: Big Band (CD: Verve- US Import)
 


Price:  £15.49 

Charlie Parker: Big Band (CD: Verve- US Import)


Charlie Parker: Bird and Diz (CD: Verve)Charlie Parker: Bird and Diz (CD: Verve)
 


Price:  £9.99 


Charlie Parker: South Of The Border (CD: Verve- US Import)
 


Price:  £14.99 

Charlie Parker: South Of The Border (CD: Verve- US Import)


Charlie Parker: With Strings- The Master Takes (CD: Verve)Charlie Parker: With Strings- The Master Takes (CD: Verve)
Though it confounded the purists at the time, Bird With Strings remains a classic record containg some of the master's most thoughtful essays on standards. Though the orchestral arrangements aren't always as swinging as they ought to have been, Bird's liquid alto soars majestically on such perennials as 'I Didn't Know What Time It Was', 'Stella by Starlight', 'Autumn In New York' and the beautiful 'Laura'.

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf 


Price:  £12.99 


Charlie Parker: With Strings (Vinyl LP: Verve)

Verve 60 edition. 


Price:  £18.99 

Charlie Parker: With Strings (Vinyl LP: Verve)


Charlie Parker: Boston 1952 (CD: Uptown- US Import)Charlie Parker: Boston 1952 (CD: Uptown- US Import)
 


Price:  £15.99 


Charlie Parker & Chet Baker: Inglewood Jam- Live At The Trade Winds 1952 (CD: Fresh Sound)
 


Price:  £12.99 

Charlie Parker & Chet Baker: Inglewood Jam- Live At The Trade Winds 1952 (CD: Fresh Sound)


Charlie Parker: The Washington Concerts (CD: Blue Note)Charlie Parker: The Washington Concerts (CD: Blue Note)
Live Bird lives! On February 22, 1953, the great Charlie Parker recorded a concert with Joe Timer’s Orchestra at Club Kavakos in Washington, D.C. Elektra Musician released the live show thirty years later. The eight tracks from that record are reissued here on The Washington Concerts. When it was originally released, Lundvall included an interview he conducted with Parker’s former trumpet player Red Rodney, which is also included here.

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/Now’s 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 Parker’s quartet, including Jack Holliday (piano), Franklin Skeete (bass) and Max Roach (drums). (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £8.99 


Charlie Parker: Montreal 1953 (CD: Uptown- US Import)
 


Price:  £15.99 

Charlie Parker: Montreal 1953 (CD: Uptown- US Import)


Charlie Parker: Bird At The High-Hat (CD: Blue Note)Charlie Parker: Bird At The High-Hat (CD: Blue Note)
 


Price:  £8.99 


Charlie Parker: Bird In Boston - Live at The Hi-Hat Boston 1953-1954 (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)
Newly remastered CD with vastly improved sound quality. These are historic recordings of Charlie Parker broadcasting live from Boston’s Hi Hat club in 1953/54. Bird was hired as a ”single” for these dates, backed by local musicians. MC is none other than the legendary Symphony Sid, duplicating here his New York role from the control booth inside the Hi Hat for his nightly radio show on WCOP. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £19.99 

Charlie Parker: Bird In Boston - Live at The Hi-Hat Boston 1953-1954 (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)

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