20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Charlie Parker
Performer: Charlie Parker (Sax)
Artist: Dizzy Gillespie; Thelonious Monk; Miles Davis; Max Roach; Buddy Rich; Hank Jones; Ray Brown; Shelly Manne; John Lewis; Red Rodney; Kenny Clarke; Roy Haynes
Producer: Norman Granz; Andy McKaie (Compilation); Bob Porter (Compilation)...
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: Personnel: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Red Rodney (trumpet); John Lewis, Hank Jones , Al Haig, Thelonious Monk, Walter Bishop, Jr. (piano); Curly Russell, Percy Heath, Ray Brown , Teddy Kotick (double bass); Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Shelly Manne, Buddy Rich (drums); Luis Miranda (congas); Jose Mangual (bongos). Liner Note Author: Bob Porter. Though saxophonist Charlie Parker's legendary Dial sessions had already laid the blueprint for jazz modernism by the time the recordings collected on here were made, the seeds of his revolution can be heard in luxuriant flower on this MILLENNIUM COLLECTION. Jazz impresario and founder of Verve Records Norman Granz began recording Parker in the late 1940s and early '50s, and the results--while not always as musically intense as the Dial or Savoy sessions--were invariably of a superior sound quality. Thanks to Granz, these crystalline recordings allow us to hear Bird with stunning clarity, and this set is a fine overview of Parker's work from the time. THE MILLENNIUM COLLECTION features two selections of Parker playing with a full orchestra ("Autumn in New York," "Repetition"), but the artist sounds most at home in the small-group setting. Abetted by fellow innovators Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Max Roach, among others, Parker unfurls his dazzling complex harmonic lines on breakneck bop workouts ("She Rote"), Latin-tinged numbers ("My Little Suede Shoes"), and smoky blues ("K.C. Blues"). Parker's re-recordings of tunes he'd cut earlier for Dial and Savoy, "Now's the Time," "Confirmation," and "Loverman," are of particular interest here.
Charlie Parker's combination of sheer genius and pure emotion on the saxophone has few rivals, and after him, nothing would be the same. As one of the creators of bebop in the 1940s and 1950s (alongside Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, and others), Parker, aka Bird, introduced a new level of expression to jazz, one that combined stunning technique, profound musical knowledge, and, above all, the ability to make complex ideas sound simple, soulful, and inevitable. Dead at just 34, Parker left behind a legacy that many have tried to equal, but none has surpassed.
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Adderley, Cannonball Ayler, Albert Baker, Chet (Trumpet/Vocals/Com Brown, Ray (Bass) Christian, Charlie Clarke, Kenny Criss, Sonny Dameron, Tadd Davis, Miles Dolphy, Eric Donaldson, Lou Dorham, Kenny Edwards, Teddy Garland, Red Gillespie, Dizzy Gordon, Dexter Gray, Wardell Hancock, Herbie Hodges, Johnny Jones, Elvin Konitz, Lee Marsalis, Branford McLean, Jackie McPherson, Charles Mingus, Charles Monk, Thelonious Morgan, Frank Powell, Bud Roach, Max Rodney, Red Rollins, Sonny Socolow, Frank Stitt, Sonny Thompson, Lucky Woods, Phil
Armstrong, Louis Basie, Count Byas, Don Carter, Benny (Sax) Eldridge, Roy Hawkins, Coleman Hodges, Johnny Jacquet, Illinois McShann, Jay Smith, Buster (Sax) Tatum, Art Webster, Ben Young, Lester (Saxophone)