CHARLIE PARKER

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Charles Christopher "Bird" Parker, Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955) was an American bebop saxophonist and composer. Early in his career Parker was dubbed Yardbird; this was later shortened to 'Bird' (or sometimes 'Yard') and remained Parker's nickname for the rest of his life and inspiration for the titles of his works such as Ornithology and Yardbird Suite

Parker is commonly considered the greatest bebop jazz musician. In terms of influence and impact, his contribution to jazz was so great that Charles Mingus commented that if Bird were alive today, he would think he was living in a hall of mirrors. Bird's talent is compared almost without argument to such legendary musicians as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, and his reputation and legend as one of the best saxophonists is such that some critics say he was unsurpassed; jazz critic Scott Yanow speaks for many jazz fans and
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Jazz Factory Spain 2004
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Charlie Parker With Strings [LP]Charlie Parker With Strings [LP]
Verve 2013
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Jazz at Massey HallJazz at Massey Hall
Wax Time 2012
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The Complete Charlie Parker With Strings [2 CD]The Complete Charlie Parker With Strings [2 CD]
Verve Select 2015
$22.33
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Jazz At Massey HallJazz At Massey Hall
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Jazz Wax 2017
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Best of The Complete Savoy & Dial Studio RecordingsBest of The Complete Savoy & Dial Studio Recordings
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Savoy 2009
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Early BirdEarly Bird
Not Now 2016
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CHARLIE PARKER Discography

CHARLIE PARKER albums / top albums

CHARLIE PARKER Savoy Presents Charlie Parker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Savoy Presents Charlie Parker
Bop 1948
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker Volume One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker Volume One
Bop 1948
CHARLIE PARKER The Bird Blows The Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Bird Blows The Blues
Bop 1949
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker Volume Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker Volume Two
Bop 1949
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker Volume Three album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker Volume Three
Bop 1949
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker With Strings (aka April In Paris (The Genius Of Charlie Parker #2)) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Charlie Parker With Strings (aka April In Paris (The Genius Of Charlie Parker #2))
Bop 1950
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker Sextet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker Sextet
Bop 1950
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker All Stars album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker All Stars
Bop 1951
CHARLIE PARKER Bird And Diz (aka The Genius Of Charlie Parker #4 aka Une Rencontre Historique) album cover 4.88 | 6 ratings
Bird And Diz (aka The Genius Of Charlie Parker #4 aka Une Rencontre Historique)
Bop 1952
CHARLIE PARKER South of the Border album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
South of the Border
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1952
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker
Bop 1954
CHARLIE PARKER Big Band (aka Night And Day, The Genius Of Charlie Parker #1) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Big Band (aka Night And Day, The Genius Of Charlie Parker #1)
Big Band 1954
CHARLIE PARKER Collectors Jazz (Thirteen Masters Previously Unreleased) (aka Alternate Masters Vol.1) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collectors Jazz (Thirteen Masters Previously Unreleased) (aka Alternate Masters Vol.1)
Bop 1954
CHARLIE PARKER The Art Of Charlie Parker - Vol. 1: The Fabulous Bird album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Art Of Charlie Parker - Vol. 1: The Fabulous Bird
Bop 1955
CHARLIE PARKER The Magnificent Charlie Parker (aka The Genius Of Charlie Parker #8: Swedish Schnapps) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Magnificent Charlie Parker (aka The Genius Of Charlie Parker #8: Swedish Schnapps)
Bop 1955
CHARLIE PARKER The Immortal Charlie Parker (aka Memorial Vol. I) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Immortal Charlie Parker (aka Memorial Vol. I)
Bop 1955
CHARLIE PARKER Memorial (aka The Immortal Charlie Parker aka Memorial Vol. II) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Memorial (aka The Immortal Charlie Parker aka Memorial Vol. II)
Bop 1955
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker Memorial Vol. 2 (aka Memorial Vol. III) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker Memorial Vol. 2 (aka Memorial Vol. III)
Bop 1955
CHARLIE PARKER The Charlie Parker Story (aka The Immortal Charlie Parker Vol.5 aka The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 1 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Charlie Parker Story (aka The Immortal Charlie Parker Vol.5 aka The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 1 "Now's The Time")
Bop 1956
CHARLIE PARKER All Star Sextet (aka History Of Jazz aka L' Inoubliable Charlie Parker) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All Star Sextet (aka History Of Jazz aka L' Inoubliable Charlie Parker)
Bop 1957
CHARLIE PARKER The Genius Of Charlie Parker #3 : Now's The Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Genius Of Charlie Parker #3 : Now's The Time
Bop 1957
CHARLIE PARKER The Genius of Charlie Parker #5: Plays Cole Porter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Genius of Charlie Parker #5: Plays Cole Porter
Bop 1957
CHARLIE PARKER The Genius Of Charlie Parker #7: Jazz Perennial album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Genius Of Charlie Parker #7: Jazz Perennial
Bop 1957
CHARLIE PARKER The Immortal Charlie Parker- Vol. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Immortal Charlie Parker- Vol. 3
Bop 1958
CHARLIE PARKER The Immortal Charlie Parker- Vol. 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Immortal Charlie Parker- Vol. 4
Bop 1958
CHARLIE PARKER 0.00 | 0 ratings
"Bird" Symbols
Bop 1961
CHARLIE PARKER Bird Lives (With Sarah Vaughan) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird Lives (With Sarah Vaughan)
Bop 1962
CHARLIE PARKER Once There Was A Bird album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Once There Was A Bird
Bop 1962
CHARLIE PARKER Yardbird In Lotus Land album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Yardbird In Lotus Land
Bop 1976
CHARLIE PARKER Volumes 1 & 2: Young Bird, 1940-1944 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Volumes 1 & 2: Young Bird, 1940-1944
Bop 1995
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker, Vol. 3 Young Bird 1945 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker, Vol. 3 Young Bird 1945
Bop 1996
CHARLIE PARKER Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes
Bop 2016

CHARLIE PARKER EPs & splits

CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker With Strings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker With Strings
Bop 1950
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker with Strings Volume 2 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Charlie Parker with Strings Volume 2
Bop 1954

CHARLIE PARKER live albums

CHARLIE PARKER Bird on 52nd Street album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird on 52nd Street
Bop 1955
CHARLIE PARKER Bird At St Nick's album cover 1.50 | 1 ratings
Bird At St Nick's
Bop 1955
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker In Sweden 1950 (aka Grand Récital) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker In Sweden 1950 (aka Grand Récital)
Bop 1959
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker In Sweden (aka In Sweden 1950 aka Charlie Parker En Europa 1950) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker In Sweden (aka In Sweden 1950 aka Charlie Parker En Europa 1950)
Bop 1960
CHARLIE PARKER An Evening At Home With The Bird album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
An Evening At Home With The Bird
Bop 1961
CHARLIE PARKER 0.00 | 0 ratings
"Bird" Is Free (aka Charlie Parker Volume IV)
Bop 1961
CHARLIE PARKER The Happy 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Happy "Bird"
Bop 1961
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker And Lester Young ‎: An Historic Meetig At The Summit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker And Lester Young ‎: An Historic Meetig At The Summit
Bop 1961
CHARLIE PARKER The Bird Returns album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Bird Returns
Bop 1962
CHARLIE PARKER Historical Masterpieces Vol.1 (aka Charlie Parker aka Pensive Bird aka Ornithology) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Historical Masterpieces Vol.1 (aka Charlie Parker aka Pensive Bird aka Ornithology)
Bop 1963
CHARLIE PARKER Historical Masterpieces Vol.2 (aka Charlie Parker Volume II aka The Immortal Charlie Parker) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Historical Masterpieces Vol.2 (aka Charlie Parker Volume II aka The Immortal Charlie Parker)
Bop 1963
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker Memorial Volume Three album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker Memorial Volume Three
Bop 1963
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker Memorial Volume Six album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker Memorial Volume Six
Bop 1963
CHARLIE PARKER Rappin' With Bird album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rappin' With Bird
Bop 1970
CHARLIE PARKER Bird In Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird In Paris
Bop 1971
CHARLIE PARKER The Comprehensive Charlie Parker: Live Performances Volume I (aka Live Performances) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Comprehensive Charlie Parker: Live Performances Volume I (aka Live Performances)
Bop 1972
CHARLIE PARKER Bird With The Herd - 1951 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird With The Herd - 1951
Big Band 1972
CHARLIE PARKER Broadcast Performances Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Broadcast Performances Vol. 2
Bop 1973
CHARLIE PARKER 1949 Unissued Performances by Charlie Parker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1949 Unissued Performances by Charlie Parker
Bop 1974
CHARLIE PARKER New Bird - Hi Hat Broadcasts 1953 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Bird - Hi Hat Broadcasts 1953
Bop 1975
CHARLIE PARKER New Bird Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Bird Volume 2
Bop 1975
CHARLIE PARKER At The Pershing Ballroom Chicago 1950 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Pershing Ballroom Chicago 1950
Bop 1976
CHARLIE PARKER Apartment Jam Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Apartment Jam Sessions
Bop 1977
CHARLIE PARKER Bird at the Roost (the Savoy Sessions) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird at the Roost (the Savoy Sessions)
Bop 1977
CHARLIE PARKER Bird With Strings: Live at the Apollo, Carnegie Hall and Birdland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird With Strings: Live at the Apollo, Carnegie Hall and Birdland
Bop 1977
CHARLIE PARKER Summit Meeting At Birdland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Summit Meeting At Birdland
Bop 1977
CHARLIE PARKER One Night In Birdland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Night In Birdland
Bop 1977
CHARLIE PARKER Midnight Jazz At Carnegie Hall album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Midnight Jazz At Carnegie Hall
Bop 1981
CHARLIE PARKER Bird at the Apollo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird at the Apollo
Bop 1981
CHARLIE PARKER One Night In Washington album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Night In Washington
Bop 1982
CHARLIE PARKER Parker Plus Strings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Parker Plus Strings
Bop 1983
CHARLIE PARKER At Storyville album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
At Storyville
Bop 1985
CHARLIE PARKER Birth of the Bebop: Bird On Tenor 1943 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Birth of the Bebop: Bird On Tenor 1943
Bop 1986
CHARLIE PARKER Bird At The Roost - Volume Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird At The Roost - Volume Two
Bop 1986
CHARLIE PARKER Bird At The Roost. The Savoy Years. Volume Three album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird At The Roost. The Savoy Years. Volume Three
Bop 1986
CHARLIE PARKER Bird At The Roost / The Savoy Years - The Complete Royal Roost Performances / Volume Four album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird At The Roost / The Savoy Years - The Complete Royal Roost Performances / Volume Four
Bop 1988
CHARLIE PARKER Vol. 1 - Ballads & Birdland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vol. 1 - Ballads & Birdland
Bop 1988
CHARLIE PARKER The Bird You Never Heard album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Bird You Never Heard
Bop 1988
CHARLIE PARKER Rara Avis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rara Avis
Bop 1989
CHARLIE PARKER The Complete Dean Benedetti Recordings of Charlie Parker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Dean Benedetti Recordings of Charlie Parker
Bop 1990
CHARLIE PARKER 0.00 | 0 ratings
"More Unissued" Vol. 1 (1951/1952)
Bop 1990
CHARLIE PARKER 0.00 | 0 ratings
"More Unissued" Vol. 2 (1950/1953)
Bop 1990
CHARLIE PARKER Bird's Eyes, Last Unissued, Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird's Eyes, Last Unissued, Vol. 1
Bop 1990
CHARLIE PARKER Bird's Eyes, Last Unissued, Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird's Eyes, Last Unissued, Vol. 2
Bop 1990
CHARLIE PARKER Bird's Eyes, Last Unissued, Vol. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird's Eyes, Last Unissued, Vol. 3
Bop 1990
CHARLIE PARKER Bird's Eyes, Last Unissued, Vol. 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird's Eyes, Last Unissued, Vol. 4
Bop 1990
CHARLIE PARKER Bird's Eyes, Last Unissued, Vol. 5 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird's Eyes, Last Unissued, Vol. 5
Bop 1990
CHARLIE PARKER Bird's Eyes, Last Unissued, Vol. 6 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird's Eyes, Last Unissued, Vol. 6
Bop 1990
CHARLIE PARKER Bird's Eyes, Volume 15 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird's Eyes, Volume 15
Bop 1990
CHARLIE PARKER Early Bird - Charlie Parker with Jay McShann and his Orchestra album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Early Bird - Charlie Parker with Jay McShann and his Orchestra
Bop 1992
CHARLIE PARKER Montreal 1953 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Montreal 1953
Bop 1993
CHARLIE PARKER Bird Eyes, Vol. 17: Last Unissued album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird Eyes, Vol. 17: Last Unissued
Bop 1994
CHARLIE PARKER Bird Seed: The Unheard Charlie Parker, Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird Seed: The Unheard Charlie Parker, Vol. 1
Bop 1995
CHARLIE PARKER Boston 1952 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boston 1952
Bop 1996
CHARLIE PARKER All Stars Live at the Royal Roost album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All Stars Live at the Royal Roost
Bop 2000
CHARLIE PARKER Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945
Bop 2005
CHARLIE PARKER Washington DC, May 23, 1948 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Washington DC, May 23, 1948
Bop 2008
CHARLIE PARKER The Long Lost Bird Live Afro-CuBop Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Long Lost Bird Live Afro-CuBop Recordings
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2015

CHARLIE PARKER demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

CHARLIE PARKER re-issues & compilations

CHARLIE PARKER Alternate Masters, Vol. 2 (aka Once There Was Bird) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alternate Masters, Vol. 2 (aka Once There Was Bird)
Bop 1954
CHARLIE PARKER The Fabulous Bird (aka Charlie Parker With Miles Davis ‎– The Early Bird) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Fabulous Bird (aka Charlie Parker With Miles Davis ‎– The Early Bird)
Bop 1955
CHARLIE PARKER The Genius Of Charlie Parker (1955) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Genius Of Charlie Parker (1955)
Bop 1955
CHARLIE PARKER Memorial Album album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Memorial Album
Bop 1956
CHARLIE PARKER The Charlie Parker Story #2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Charlie Parker Story #2
Bop 1957
CHARLIE PARKER The Genius Of Charlie Parker, #6 : Fiesta album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Genius Of Charlie Parker, #6 : Fiesta
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1957
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Chan, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Max Roach , Charles Mingus ‎: Jazz At Massey Hall (aka In Concert) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Chan, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Max Roach , Charles Mingus ‎: Jazz At Massey Hall (aka In Concert)
Bop 1959
CHARLIE PARKER The Essential Charlie Parker (aka Archetypes) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Essential Charlie Parker (aka Archetypes)
Bop 1961
CHARLIE PARKER The Bird Returns album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Bird Returns
Bop 1962
CHARLIE PARKER Vol 3 Groovin' High (aka Vol 4 Groovin' High) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vol 3 Groovin' High (aka Vol 4 Groovin' High)
Bop 1966
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker On Dial Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker On Dial Volume 1
Bop 1970
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker On Dial Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker On Dial Volume 2
Bop 1970
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker On Dial Volume 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker On Dial Volume 3
Bop 1970
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker On Dial Volume 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker On Dial Volume 4
Bop 1970
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker On Dial Volume 5 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker On Dial Volume 5
Bop 1970
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker on Dial Volume 6 album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Charlie Parker on Dial Volume 6
Bop 1971
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker (live) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker (live)
Bop 1972
CHARLIE PARKER Jazz at Massey Hall album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz at Massey Hall
Bop 1973
CHARLIE PARKER Verve  - Return Engagement album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Verve - Return Engagement
Bop 1974
CHARLIE PARKER The Charlie Parker Sides - Norman Granz' Jam Session (aka Super Session) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Charlie Parker Sides - Norman Granz' Jam Session (aka Super Session)
Bop 1975
CHARLIE PARKER Bird / The Savoy Recordings (Master Takes) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird / The Savoy Recordings (Master Takes)
Bop 1976
CHARLIE PARKER Encores album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Encores
Bop 1977
CHARLIE PARKER Bird and Pres: the '46 Concerts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird and Pres: the '46 Concerts
Bop 1977
CHARLIE PARKER The Complete Savoy Studio Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Savoy Studio Sessions
Bop 1978
CHARLIE PARKER One Night In Chicago album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Night In Chicago
Bop 1980
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker All Stars Jam album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker All Stars Jam
Bop 1981
CHARLIE PARKER Every Bit Of It - 1945 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Every Bit Of It - 1945
Bop 1981
CHARLIE PARKER Live Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Sessions
Bop 1981
CHARLIE PARKER Bird  & Pres – Jazz At The Philharmonic : Carnegie Hall 1949 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird & Pres – Jazz At The Philharmonic : Carnegie Hall 1949
Bop 1983
CHARLIE PARKER Live At Rockland Palace September 26, 1952 (aka Autumn In New York) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Rockland Palace September 26, 1952 (aka Autumn In New York)
Bop 1983
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker Story On Dial 1 : Westcoast album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker Story On Dial 1 : Westcoast
Bop 1985
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker Story On Dial Volume 2: New York Days album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker Story On Dial Volume 2: New York Days
Bop 1985
CHARLIE PARKER Au Privave album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Au Privave
Bop 1988
CHARLIE PARKER Bird: The Original Recordings of Charlie Parker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird: The Original Recordings of Charlie Parker
Bop 1988
CHARLIE PARKER Bebop & Bird, Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bebop & Bird, Volume 1
Bop 1988
CHARLIE PARKER Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve
Bop 1988
CHARLIE PARKER Bebop & Bird, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bebop & Bird, Volume 2
Bop 1988
CHARLIE PARKER Original Bird - The Best of Bird on Savoy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Original Bird - The Best of Bird on Savoy
Bop 1988
CHARLIE PARKER Legendary Dial Masters, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Legendary Dial Masters, Volume 2
Bop 1989
CHARLIE PARKER Legendary Dial Masters, Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Legendary Dial Masters, Volume 1
Bop 1989
CHARLIE PARKER Swedish Schnapps album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swedish Schnapps
Bop 1991
CHARLIE PARKER Jazz 'Round Midnight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz 'Round Midnight
Bop 1991
CHARLIE PARKER The Complete Birth of the Bebop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Birth of the Bebop
Bop 1991
CHARLIE PARKER Compact Jazz: Charlie Parker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Compact Jazz: Charlie Parker
Bop 1992
CHARLIE PARKER The Charlie Parker Gold Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Charlie Parker Gold Collection
Bop 1992
CHARLIE PARKER The Best of the The Bird Charlie Parker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of the The Bird Charlie Parker
Bop 1993
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker on Dial: The Complete Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker on Dial: The Complete Sessions
Bop 1993
CHARLIE PARKER Chasin' The Bird album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chasin' The Bird
Bop 1993
CHARLIE PARKER Verve Jazz Masters 15 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Verve Jazz Masters 15
Bop 1994
CHARLIE PARKER Carvin' the Bird album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Carvin' the Bird
Bop 1994
CHARLIE PARKER Verve Jazz Masters 28: Charlie Parker Plays Standards album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Verve Jazz Masters 28: Charlie Parker Plays Standards
Bop 1994
CHARLIE PARKER The Best of The Bird album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of The Bird
Bop 1994
CHARLIE PARKER Bird at Birdland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird at Birdland
Bop 1995
CHARLIE PARKER Bop City, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bop City, Volume 2
Bop 1995
CHARLIE PARKER Bird's Best Bop on Verve album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird's Best Bop on Verve
Bop 1995
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker With Strings: The Master Takes album cover 4.41 | 2 ratings
Charlie Parker With Strings: The Master Takes
Bop 1995
CHARLIE PARKER Confirmation: The Best of the Verve Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Confirmation: The Best of the Verve Years
Bop 1995
CHARLIE PARKER Jazz & Blues Collection 17: Charlie Parker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz & Blues Collection 17: Charlie Parker
Bop 1995
CHARLIE PARKER In a Soulful Mood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In a Soulful Mood
Bop 1995
CHARLIE PARKER The Complete Dial Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Dial Sessions
Bop 1996
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker with Strings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker with Strings
Bop 1996
CHARLIE PARKER Yardbird Suite (The Ultimate Charlie Parker Collection) album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Yardbird Suite (The Ultimate Charlie Parker Collection)
Bop 1997
CHARLIE PARKER The Gold Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Gold Collection
Bop 1998
CHARLIE PARKER The Complete Live Performances on Savoy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Live Performances on Savoy
Bop 1998
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker
Bop 1998
CHARLIE PARKER The Chronological Classics: Charlie Parker 1945-1947 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Charlie Parker 1945-1947
Bop 1998
CHARLIE PARKER The Chronological Classics: Charlie Parker 1947 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Charlie Parker 1947
Bop 1998
CHARLIE PARKER Bluebird album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bluebird
Bop 1999
CHARLIE PARKER Talkin' Bird album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Talkin' Bird
Bop 1999
CHARLIE PARKER Complete Savoy Masters album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Savoy Masters
Bop 1999
CHARLIE PARKER Bird of Paradise album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird of Paradise
Bop 2000
CHARLIE PARKER Now's the Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Now's the Time
Bop 2000
CHARLIE PARKER Bebop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bebop
Bop 2000
CHARLIE PARKER Ken Burns Jazz: Definitive Charlie Parker album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Ken Burns Jazz: Definitive Charlie Parker
Bop 2000
CHARLIE PARKER The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948
Bop 2000
CHARLIE PARKER The Chronological Classics: Charlie Parker 1947-1949 album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Charlie Parker 1947-1949
Bop 2000
CHARLIE PARKER The Best of the Dial Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of the Dial Years
Bop 2000
CHARLIE PARKER Ornithology: Classic Recordings 1945-1947 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ornithology: Classic Recordings 1945-1947
Bop 2001
CHARLIE PARKER Ornithology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ornithology
Bop 2001
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker with Quartet & the Orchestra : The Washington Concerts (1952-1953) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker with Quartet & the Orchestra : The Washington Concerts (1952-1953)
Bop 2001
CHARLIE PARKER Bird & Miles : The Very Best of Charlie Parker With Miles Davis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird & Miles : The Very Best of Charlie Parker With Miles Davis
Bop 2001
CHARLIE PARKER The Complete Studio Recordings on Savoy Years, Volumes 1-4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Studio Recordings on Savoy Years, Volumes 1-4
Bop 2002
CHARLIE PARKER Bird After Dark album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird After Dark
Bop 2002
CHARLIE PARKER The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes
Bop 2002
CHARLIE PARKER Boss Bird album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boss Bird
Bop 2002
CHARLIE PARKER Complete Bird in Sweden - Sweeden 1950 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Bird in Sweden - Sweeden 1950
Bop 2002
CHARLIE PARKER Best of The Complete Live Perfomance on Savoy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best of The Complete Live Perfomance on Savoy
Bop 2002
CHARLIE PARKER The Chronological Classics: Charlie Parker 1950 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Charlie Parker 1950
Bop 2002
CHARLIE PARKER The Chronological Classics: Charlie Parker 1951-1952 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Charlie Parker 1951-1952
Bop 2003
CHARLIE PARKER Complete Bird at St Nick's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Bird at St Nick's
Bop 2003
CHARLIE PARKER Ballads album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ballads
Bop 2003
CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker & Friends album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Parker & Friends
Bop 2003
CHARLIE PARKER Complete Onyx Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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The New York Anthology: 1950-1954
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The Genius of Charlie Parker
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Rétrospective 1940-1953
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CHARLIE PARKER Ken Burns Jazz: Definitive Charlie Parker

Boxset / Compilation · 2000 · Bop
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If you tend to buy your CDs at the used shops and thrift stores, then you will already know that these Ken Burns collections tend to show up a lot, and usually at a very reasonable price. I’m going to guess that a lot of these Ken Burns collections were bought as gifts during the height of his TV series, and then after a few listens, the hype wears off and the CD owner realizes he didn’t really like jazz all that much anyway, ha. This Parker CD tends to get a similar evaluation as many of Burn’s other compilations, a nice collection of tunes marred by hit and miss sound quality. How big this sound quality issue is to you will probably determine if this is a CD you would like to have.

To my ears, the sound on here is not that bad, about 20 to 25 percent of the tunes have a pronounced high end hiss and surface noise, but most of the rest are fine. Which brings us to the next issue, how good do you expect older recordings to sound? Technology does exist today to clean up old recordings, but when you remove the high end, you stand a chance of losing some cymbals, or even slightly altering what a horn sounds like. It’s a tough choice sometimes. Me personally, I don’t expect old jazz recordings to sound perfect, and over time, I barely notice things like hiss, especially if there is plenty of ambient noise going on (traffic, people talking etc). I read one complaint about this CD in which a consumer claimed that this CD sounded bad on headphones. Yes, high end hiss will be very pronounced on headphones, but why listen to older recordings on headphones, it’s a bad combination to begin with. A lot of this music was mixed to sound good coming out of small radio speakers, and smaller speakers, or just an average home stereo, is still what this music sounds best on. If you are looking for deep bass ala your latest dub-step club mix or Pink Floyd surround-sound, then its time to drop this CD off at the thrift store for someone who will provide a proper home for it.

As far as the music on here goes, you get a nice overview of Parker’s career spanning from his early days as a radical innovator and on up to his last years where he slowed his pace, but developed an extra sweet and supple tone. If you like the crazy early be-bop, that’s well represented here with “Salt Peanuts”, “Ornithology” and the ultimate Parker rush; “Ko-Ko”. Elsewhere on here you get one early cut when Parker was a sideman with Jay McShann’s big band and at least one of those ‘Parker with strings’ tracks. Bird’s recordings with strings were much maligned when they were released , but over time they have been accepted, and for good reason, those recordings with strings contain some of Parker’s very sweetest playing. The rest of this CD consists of favorites any fan will know, and any novice will want to hear.

Once again, the sound quality of several cuts is going to be the make or break on this one. Personally I think it sounds ok, but it may not sound so good to folks raised on perfect digital sound and modern compression. For those who want to sample the worst, probably the highest amount of noise occurs on “Yardbird Suite” and “Relaxin at Camarillo”, although there are a couple more that are not much better. The other thing to consider is the scope of this collection, I would imagine some would prefer a collection that only features Parker’s earlier work and not his later efforts. The overall evaluation for this CD; this may not be the best Parker collection, but I’ve heard worse, at least Ken Burns and his crew did a good job of matching the volumes on the different tracks.

CHARLIE PARKER Bird And Diz (aka The Genius Of Charlie Parker #4 aka Une Rencontre Historique)

Album · 1952 · Bop
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“Bird and Diz” is a collection of tunes recorded by the dynamic duo in 1950 and released two years later. This would be the last time these two would record together in the studio, and the only time they recorded with the idiosyncratic Theolonius Monk on piano. It is a stellar all-star lineup, and they do not disappoint. Many have criticized the use of the old school swing drummer, Buddy Rich, for this modern (circa ’50) bop session, but given that the drums are not recorded that well in the first place, basically the best you could hope for is someone who keeps good time, and Buddy does fine in that department. The tunes on here range from the old school humorously corny “My Melancholy Baby”, to the abstract, modern and high speed rush of “Leap Frog”. Except for “Baby”, all of the tunes on here are Parker originals that mostly lean on well worn bop chord changes. The tunes are okay, but its what they do with them that sets this group apart.

Although supremely talented on their own, something happens to ‘Bird and Diz’ when they get together, their talent seems to multiply, and when you add the dry wit of Monk, you have one of the more inspired sessions on record. Playing that is this confident, witty, relaxed and just plain brilliant is rare. Everything on here has a certain effervescent buoyancy that others can not reproduce. Sly humor is a big part of all this, particularly Monk’s terse deconstructionist rides. You can also hear them spoof each other’s solos, such as on the out-take of “My Melancholy Baby” where Parker follows Monk’s ridiculously melodramatic schmaltz with a flurry of crazy notes that bury Monk’s last chord. A special sound for this duo is when they play their unison melodies while Diz is using a mute, and you get that on both “An Oscar for Treadwell” and “Mohawk”.

Despite the criticisms of using Rich instead of the more bop savvy Max Roach, I still think this is one of the better jazz records in my less than extensive collection, but the potential buyer most be warned of one serious problem with this recording. The sound of the drums on here is pretty bad, and downright annoying sometimes. Apparently the recording engineer decided to channel most of the cymbal sounds through a very narrow eq setting and the result is that the cymbals sound like a faucet that was left running in a metal sink. How annoying this is depends on the listening medium, it seems worse in the car stereo than the home system, and I would say that it bothers me less and less over time.

CHARLIE PARKER Bird At St Nick's

Live album · 1955 · Bop
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Some musicians are so gifted that their fans, and musicologists in general, want to have every note they played archived somehow, no matter how bad the condition of the recording or its sound quality may be. If I had to name one musician who deserves such attention, that musician could easily be Charlie Parker, but you have to draw the line somewhere. “Bird at St Nick’s” is a good example of where a lot of us would draw the line on how bad of a recording is acceptable, especially when that recording is sold on expensive 180 gram vinyl.

Side one of “St Nicks” consists of someone holding a tape deck very near Charlie Parker and only recording while he plays his solos. Later a sound engineer did a decent job of splicing the solo sections together for the continuity of the songs. The recording quality is typically bad, Parker comes through okay, but the rest of the band is a vague rumble in the background. The good thing about this side though is that you do get some very good solos for the serious fan who wants to have every note Parker ever played. This side is acceptable from a musicological standpoint, but things get much worse on side two.

Side two opens with “Confirmation”, which features Parker’s best solo on the record, and a sound quality similar to the first side, but then its all down hill from there. Something happens on the ironically titled “Out of Nowhere”, it sounds like the band is in the other room now. I get the feeling the guy left the deck running while he went to the bathroom, but maybe I’m wrong. There is so much room reverb on the saxophone that it sounds like a violin, I literally checked the album cover to see if there was a guest violinist! Side two continues with more songs that are so badly recorded you can barely make out what Parker is playing, much less anyone else except, oddly enough, the bass player.

For the hardcore Parker fan and obsessive musicologist, there are some good solos on side one and parts of side two, but then there are some other songs on side two that are just plain worthless. I can understand why this recording exists, but my main complaint is why was this issued on 180 gram vinyl? It seems to me that putting something on 180 gram vinyl comes across as an endorsement that this is one of his best recordings.

CHARLIE PARKER The Chronological Classics: Charlie Parker 1947-1949

Boxset / Compilation · 2000 · Bop
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With what seems like hundreds of Charlie Parker compilations out there, its hard to know which might be the best one to start with. Although I already own a couple Parker sides, I thought it was time I got a better overview of his almost overwhelming discography. After receiving a gift coupon to redeem, I sampled about 20 or more of his comps on line and finally settled on “Charlie Parker 1947-1949” (from the well-known Chronological Classics series), as one of the very best I heard. After making my own analysis, I thought I would check out what others thought and was happy to find out that many others also hold this compilation in high regard.

One of the big problems with other Parker compilations is there is often a huge difference in the volume and overall sound of different tracks. Some of these compilations would have you constantly adjusting the volume as you move from song to song. This Classics Parker CD does a great job of matching the tracks, not only in volume, but also in general sound production, not an easy feat. Another plus is the extraordinary variety of material on here. The years 1947 to 49 were very productive for Parker and these tracks show him playing in many styles and combos including; his All-Stars with the young Miles Davis, big band bop with his own orchestra, early Afro-Cuban with Machito, elegant chamber music with strings and much more. There is enough interesting variety on here that you can set this one CD on shuffle and you have a great jazz radio program, once again the matching track volumes prove invaluable.

If there are some drawbacks, I would have preferred a few less cuts with strings and a couple more of his more outsider high octane numbers, and there are also no songs on here with Dizzy Gillespie. Still, I have been playing this one a lot lately, this whole CD just has an excellent flow to it. Of course the star of the show is Parker and his crazy alto. His modernist tendencies come through on numbers like “Constellation”, "The Bird" and “Merry-Go-Round”, its hard to imagine why people had to freak over altoists like Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy when a lot of what they were doing was already here. If you are looking for a good Parker compilation to start with, I highly recommend this one.

CHARLIE PARKER Charlie Parker on Dial Volume 6

Boxset / Compilation · 1971 · Bop
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Although the complete Charlie Parker Dial sessions are now available in one CD box set, originally they were sold in separate volumes in vinyl form. Volume 6 caught my attention because not only does it feature Bird at his peak, but it also features a very young Miles Davis getting his start as a be-bopper. The salient feature of the Dial retrospective releases is that they contain not only the official released track, but also that track’s unreleased out-takes and alternate versions. The end result is that you get two or three versions of every song which can be quite interesting. Since each tune tends to be fairly short, the existence of two or three takes in a row is not fatiguing at all.

These recordings were made in 1947 after Bird returned to NYC after some troubled times in California. The return to NY seemed to do him good as most jazz fans consider this period to be a peak in his career. Needless to say, Bird’s playing on here is outstanding as he gets a huge sound out of his alto that I have never heard anyone else duplicate. Although most of these tunes are a bit mellow by bop standards, Parker takes plenty of chances to show off the blinding speed he had developed. On the aptly named ‘Crazeology’ the band cranks up the bpm’s for that ‘crazy be-bop’ sound that many favor from Parker.

Although this record is certainly about Bird, its also very interesting to hear Miles interact with the bop world before he takes off on his own innovations. Throughout this record Miles seems sort of torn between supplying the requisite rapid fire bop licks or moving in a more personal direction. Some of the takes of ‘Crazeology’ show him at his most boppish and playing with the bright precision favored by the followers of Dizzy Gillespie. Elsewhere on the album, particularly on side one, you hear Miles experimenting with a softer tone, relaxed almost slurred phrasing and a feel for the beat that lingers just behind, sort of unheard of in the world of bop.

This is a great album, you get Parker at his peak plus a young Miles experimenting to find his own voice. All throughout the music is pure bop created at a time when that style was jazz. The end of bop was the end of a great time in jazz, and in many ways jazz never recovered the sort of wit and sophisticated intelligence presented here.

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