on 30 April 2010
It is hard to believe that there is not a review of this excellent box already here. I guess if you are looking at this item you probably don't need to be told how important Charlie Parker is. So what I will say instead, is that this is an excellent collection of his studio recordings. Some collections are more complete, but this is the best overview of his studio work. It contains (I think) everything you get on the Dial and Savoy master takes compilations, but the remastering sounds better on this collection to my ear. It is also a fraction of the price. You also get, on the first two discs, some early recordings with Bird as sideman in various groups, including on disc 2 many recordings of Dizzy Gillespie led groups.
Like I said, this set is not a complete set of recordings, but is the best selection available, and the omissions are not anything to lose sleep over.
on 12 May 2010
What can you say about Charlie Parker? There was no other sax player like Bird & once you've heard him for a while, it's harder to listen to anyone else blow. Too many amazing tracks to pick clear winners but I've a soft spot for his '47 session on tenor (not his usual alto) with Miles Davis, sounding like a perfect blend of bop & the soon-to-be-born cool. Charlie's cuts were often issued long after recording so this great box covers about 60 singles & 5 LP's up to 1950. If you're new to his playing, look no further.
...and it is the Universal box,Complete Masters.Yes,the sound on these sides from JSP WAS the best available,but I submit NOT NOW.The 13cd box has improved to a state of near perfection these classic recordings,and not only do you get the material contained here,but the Verve and live cuts too.Owning both,I cannot recommend the larger set too highly,and would urge all you Bird devotees out there to get that,it is a limited edition,so speed would be advisable,I should think.