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Glimpses of genius
on 10 November 2011
Two discs, 50 tracks of roughly 3 minutes each (to fit that old 10", 78 rpm format). They are in chronological order, the first two tracks therefore having a dated sound which at once sets the scene and shows how rapidly things changed. The rest are miniature masterpieces. Amazingly, they never seem hurried or compressed even though every piece somehow squeezes in several solo breaks. Varied moods from soulful to blazing. At a price that hardly pays for the blank discs and jewel case, never mind postage.
Cover notes give dates and groups but little more. If you want to know the line-ups it will require research. Mind you, some of the co-stars are as unmistakeable as Parker himself.