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Charlie Parker Audio CD

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Alto saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker (1920–1955), arguably the greatest of all jazz soloists, one of the founders of bebop, was born in Kansas City, and it was there that he began his musical career. In his teens he played locally with the bands of Lawrence "88" Keyes, George E. Lee, Harlan Leonard, and Jay McShann. His major influences at that time were altoist ... Read more in Amazon's Charlie Parker Store

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Listen  1. Temptation 3:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Autumn In New York 3:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lover 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Stella By Starlight 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Dancing In The Dark 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Night And Day (Album Version) 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Can't Get Started 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. What Is This Thing Called Love? 2:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Almost Like Being In Love 2:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Laura 3:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. In The Still Of The Night 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Old Folks 3:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. If I Love Again 2:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. In The Still Of The Night 3:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. In The Still Of The Night 3:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. In The Still Of The Night 3:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Old Folks 4:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Old Folks 3:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Old Folks 3:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. In The Still Of The Night 1:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. In The Still Of The Night0:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Old Folks0:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Old Folks0:380.79  Buy MP3 
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Charlie "Bird" Parker took part in three big-band recording sessions with arranger Joe Lipman [one in 1950 and two in 1952], following earlier large-scale experiments with Machito [Latin jazz] and the With Strings project [smoochy standards]. This time, the tunes are still saturated by sweet strings but melded with punchy horn parts, the two sides enjoy a lively tension. Parker weaves with great resourcefulness and agility between the charted constructs, framed by delicate plucking, muted trumpets or full-on swing outbreaks. These tracks were originally released on Clef 78s [a Verve ancestor], explaining the preference for capsule-sized 3 minute statements. The original running order is bolstered by three tunes recorded with Gil Evans in 1953, featuring the Dave Lambert Singers. The booklet notes are quite dismissive of these cuts but it must be said that they do exude a certain kitschy charm, especially when the album concludes with numerous alternative takes in quick succession. The cumulative effect is humorous to say the least, these bonus tracks intended for occasional dipping rather than the one-sitting experience. --Martin Longley

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bird's music is always great, but get "Charlie Parker With Strings - The Master Takes" instead 3 May 2010
By German Artist - Published on Amazon.com
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I recommend that you buy "Charlie Parker With Strings - The Master Takes" instead of this. The only good, inspired songs of the "Big Band" album are also in the CD "Charlie Parker With Strings" which is of much more consistantly high quaility, has many other wonderful performances that are not on the "Big Band" CD. The "Charlie Parker With Strings - The Master Takes" CD is 75 minutes long, a great value. It also has the famous "Repetition", which is not on the Big Band album, nor the Charlie Parker Verve Master Takes collection.

In an effort to collect all of Charlie Parker's Verve recordings, I initially intended to purchase this "Big Band" CD, until I sampled the songs and recognized all the duplications from the earlier release. Additionally, on the "Big Band" you get some truly bad songs - I'm very sad for Charlie Parker that he did them (I don't know the circumstances). "I can't get started" is still passable, Charlie is drowned in some shrill big band orchestra (well, you expected that, going by the album title). But the three songs "In the still of the night", "Old Folks" and "If I love again" are truly atrocious and terribly dated, sung by an amateurish "choir" that has no musical merit whatsoever, and Charlie Parker is bogged down in this thick moasses which totally muffles his playing and invention. I never, ever want to hear these three songs again, the only dated recording Bird ever did. The Verve website gives you pretty long samples. I recommend you sample these three songs before you purchase this. In the other songs from "Big Band", Charlie Parker has to literally FIGHT a huge aggressive, brassy orchestra.

The "Charlie Parker With Strings" album is a wonderful release. It contains both 10" LPs of Charlie Parker With Strings Vol. 1 (Charlie Parker's favorite of his recordings) and Vol. 2, and many more songs. The whole CD package is designed beautifully, the cover by David Stone Martin is striking . Beneath the clear jewel case base is a wonderful photo of Bird and his players, and a great booklet. I've had this CD ever since it came out in 1995, and never stopped playing it.
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