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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5.0 out of 5 starsif you wish you had seen Bird live19 Oct 2004
By ALS - Published on Amazon.com
This is your chance. You'll feel like you've been transported to the middle of the club, the band tearing through a hot set, the crowd murmuring around you. Playing this CD makes me want to dance and shout encouragement at the band. It's a transcendant performance that you'll never grow tired of listening to.
2.0 out of 5 starsBird followers beware!9 May 2012
By Samuel Chell - Published on Amazon.com
The primary reason to pick up "Bird Is Free" is that it is alleged to include Bird's longest and fastest solo--on "Lester Leaps In"--not his 1949 solo with Prez and Eldridge at a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert, but the performance from 1952 at the Rockland Palace that's included in the movie "Bird" (a doctored, distorted reproduction that's inferior to the original "low-fi" copies in print).
Notice that it's not included among these downloads. But also be wary of the prohibitively-priced album versions (CD or LP). I suspect they contain the 3-4 minute excerpt rather than the complete performance. I would certainly require the seller's reassurance before putting out a hundred or more.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 starsAfter-hours club atmosphere with virtuoso Bird6 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Amid the background noise of a club, some of the most melodic and fascinating solos that Bird ever laid down in wax. You will wish that you had been there.