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Charlie Parker: Chasin' The Bird (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)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:  £16.99 


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: Bird Symbols (CD: Collectables- US Import)


Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy Masters (CD: Bird's Nest, 2 CDs)Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy Masters (CD: Bird's Nest, 2 CDs)
Alto saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was among the most influential jazz artists ever, and one of the few indisputable geniuses of his time. This set presents the complete master takes from his studio recording sessions for Herman Lubinsky's Savoy label. Included here are some of Bird's most admired sides, such as "Koko", "Parker's Mood", and "Donna Lee". One session presents him on tenor sax, an instrument on which he only rarely recorded. All other studio sessions originally recorded by other small labels during that period but later acquired and reissued by Savoy have also been included here.

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 


Charlie Parker: The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection (Vinyl LP: Savoy/ Universal, 4 LPs)
Sumptuous box set bringing together all of Parker’s classic bebop material recorded for Savoy Records between 1944 and 1948. Four 10” LPs in paper-wrapped jackets LPs, housed in a rigid slipcase. 12-page booklet featuring full recording information plus all-new liner notes by Grammy Award-winning American journalist, radio host, music critic and author Neil Tesser. Featuring some of the greatest musicians of the bebop era including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Bud Powell and John Lewis. Compositions include ‘Billie’s Bounce’, ‘Ko-Ko’, ‘Parker’s Mood’, ‘Donna Lee’, ‘Constellation’, ‘Cheryl’, ‘Half Nelson’ and ‘Now’s The Time’. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £69.99 

Charlie Parker: The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection (Vinyl LP: Savoy/ Universal, 4 LPs)


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: The Complete Dial Masters (CD: Bird's Nest, 2 CDs)
Alto saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was among the most influential jazz artists ever, and one of the few indisputable geniuses of his time. This set presents the complete master takes from his recording sessions for Ross Russell's Dial label. 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.

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 

Charlie Parker: The Complete Dial Masters (CD: Bird's Nest, 2 CDs)


Charlie Parker & Fats Navarro: Complete Live At Birdland (CD: Bird's Nest, 2 CDs)Charlie Parker & Fats Navarro: Complete Live At Birdland (CD: Bird's Nest, 2 CDs)
This edition contains the long unavailable Birdland set pairing Bird with Fats Navarro and Bud Powell in its entirety. Navarro would die shortly after these recordings were made on July 7, 1950 due to a combination of tuberculosis and heroin addiction. He was only 26. Bird, Fats and Bud are splendid on all of these long and relaxed performances. As a bonus, Bird's Nest have added another complete set taped at Birdland a few months earlier, and the only existing tune from a 1953 radio broadcast, presenting Bird and Bud playing Dance of the Infidels. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £17.99 


Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Complete LIve At Birdland (CD: Bird's Nest)
Although they had played together in various groups since their first meeting in 1939, the partnership between Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie really took off in 1945. The Parker/Gillespie group only lasted until early 1946, but they continued to play together on different occasions, such as the amazing 1953 Massey Hall concert, and the 1951 Birdland broadcast that opens this CD, which also features the marvellous Bud Powell. This collection also contains all other Birdland broadcasts featuring Bird and Diz together, as well as two complete bonus sessions at other venues showcasing their magic combination of sounds. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £11.99 

Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Complete LIve At Birdland (CD: Bird's Nest)


Charlie Parker & Lennie Tristano: Complete Recordings (CD: Bird's Nest)Charlie Parker & Lennie Tristano: Complete Recordings (CD: Bird's Nest)
Charlie Parker and Lennie Tristano had mutual admiration and understanding for each other, and were good friends. However, their recorded output together is far from extensive and this CD contains the whole of it.

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:  £11.99 


Charlie Parker: At Cafe Society (CD: Bird's Nest)
Charlie Parker's engagement at Café Society took place during the last year of this famous club's existence. Two days before his stint began, on June 6, 1950, he had recorded his last studio album with Dizzy Gillespie, the celebrated Bird & Diz, which featured Thelonious Monk on piano. During these months, as Bird himself announced, he was playing with strings. However, for some reason the Café Society didn't book him with strings but with his quintet, featuring Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Al Haig on piano, Tommy Potter on bass and Roy Haynes on drums. All of the music recorded by Bird at the club is included here, including his only known versions of "Bewitched" and "Gone with the Wind", as well as an amazing version of "Summertime", which is Parker's only reading of the tune apart from the studio recording with strings. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 

Charlie Parker: At Cafe Society (CD: Bird's Nest)


Charlie Parker: Complete Bird In Sweden (CD: Bird's Nest)Charlie Parker: Complete Bird In Sweden (CD: Bird's Nest)
In late November 1950, Charlie Parker was invited to go on a short European tour, including a number of venues in Sweden, accompanied by Swedish rhythm sections. Bird arrived at Bromma airport on Sunday November 19th, where he was met by a large group of enthusiastic fans. Presented on this set are all of Parker's known recordings from that Swedish tour, all of them musically wonderful but privately made by local fans with amateur equipment. Among the highlights are an extended improvisation on "Body and Soul" and versions of tunes rarely or never again recorded by him, such as "Fine and Dandy" and "Strike Up the Band". (Proper Music) 


Price:  £11.99 


Charlie Parker: Complete Bird At The Rockland (CD: Bird's Nest, 2 CDs)
This set contains the celebrated Rockland Palace performance in its entirety, recorded by Birds wife Chan with his own tape recorder. Among its highlights are the fact that Bird is showcased as the only horn throughout (and he is in wonderful form), and that the material includes Parkers only recorded versions of some tunes, such as Sly Mongoose and Gold Rush. As a bonus, three rare Birdland broadcasts have been added, including the only existing collaborations between the saxophonist and pianist Kenny Drew. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £17.99 

Charlie Parker: Complete Bird At The Rockland (CD: Bird's Nest, 2 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:  £15.99 


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


Price:  £15.49 

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


Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Bird And Diz (CD: Bird's Nest)Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Bird And Diz (CD: Bird's Nest)
This set contains the complete original LP Bird and Diz (Verve MGV-8006), consisting of a quintet session which marked Parker and Gillespie's last studio date ever (although they would later be recorded together live on numerous occasions, including the celebrated 1953 Massey Hall concert). This session was also Parker's only studio encounter with the great Thelonious Monk. Two further quintet sessions recorded by Bird for Verve during the same period, one of them featuring Miles Davis on trumpet, have been added as a bonus. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 


Charlie Parker & Dizzie Gillespie: Bird And Diz (Vinyl LP: Verve)
This 1952 collection is one of bebop’s key artefacts and also represents two jazz milestones: the only and only time that pianist Thelonious Monk recorded with the dynamic duo, and the last time Gillespie and Parker appeared together in the studio. It also features the red-hot rhythm section of bassist Curly Stewart and drummer Buddy Rich. (Universal Music)

180g pressing. 


Price:  £23.99 

Charlie Parker & Dizzie Gillespie: Bird And Diz (Vinyl LP: Verve)


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


Price:  £14.99 


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- The Master Takes (CD: Verve)


Charlie Parker: With Strings (Vinyl LP: Verve)Charlie Parker: With Strings (Vinyl LP: Verve)

Verve 60 edition. 


Price:  £18.99 


Charlie Parker: The Magnificent (Vinyl LP: Verve)
Sumptuous set bringing together all of Parker’s 78 RPM singles for Clef Records recorded in January and August 1951. First appearance on LP since its original 1955 release.

180g yellow vinyl pressing featuring the classic David Stone Martin cover and original Clef labelling. 


Price:  £23.99 

Charlie Parker: The Magnificent (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:  £17.99 

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: Complete Live At The Hi-Hat (CD: Bird's Nest, 3 CDs)Charlie Parker: Complete Live At The Hi-Hat (CD: Bird's Nest, 3 CDs)
Charlie Parker made several visits to Boston in 1953-1954, where he was often hired to play as a 'single' at the Hi-Hat Club, backed by local musicians. Among them were some very well-known names such as trumpeter Joe Gordon, pianist Dick Twardzik and bassist Jimmy Woode (who was born in Philadelphia but studied in Boston). Also heard here on some tracks are the great Charles Mingus, Roy Haynes, and on one broadcast tenor saxophonist Jay Migliori, who would form the Charlie Parker tribute band Supersax in 1972.

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:  £23.99 

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