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This two-CD collection brings the best of Charlie Parker's Verve recordings. The Verve sessions were recorded under the influence of impresario Norman Granz, who put Parker into a wide range of settings (quartet, big band,... more »
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This two-CD collection brings the best of Charlie Parker's Verve recordings. The Verve sessions were recorded under the influence of impresario Norman Granz, who put Parker into a wide range of settings (quartet, big band, strings, and even a woodwind quintet with vocals are included here), playing both Parker originals as well as popular songs of the day. These are not the pared-down, blistering performances of the Savoy and Dial sessions; however, they are quite remarkable in that they reveal the astonishing breadth of Parker's musical genius. A voracious talent, he shines brilliantly in every setting. The joy in this collection is getting to hear his bright ideas in such a range of musical situations. --Michael Monhart
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Not his best playing, but his widest range of playing
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The dial and savoy sessions are smaller, shorter and more brilliant. But Norman Granz was committed to bring Charlie Parker to the world beyond bebop fans, and this album is the best of those efforts. From the Carib "My little suede shoes" to the small group bop "Blues for alice", "Au Privave" and "Confirmation" to the best of strings "Laura" and "April in Paris" to jam fests with Ella and Benny Carter and Coleman Hawkins, to the perfectly dreadful "Old Folks" this album gives you the full picture of the late charlie parker. Listen very carefully for Tony Aless on "Repetition" -- it's worth the effort!"
Really the best
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The most beautiful selections from classic sessions of the late 40's and early 50's, including the Sept '49 Carnegie Hall concert (includes Ella) and one with Dave Lambert and Annie Ross from '53."
W. Welch | 06/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great recording. It displays a great array of music and really represents the talent of Charlie Parker"