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Jazz - Released January 1, 2016 | Verve Reissues

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Bebop - Released August 8, 1957 | Verve Reissues

Hi-Res Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1991 | Savoy

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2002 | Savoy

Jazz - Released January 11, 2011 | SendDigital

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Jazz - Released April 28, 2017 | Doxy Records

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Jazz - Released February 14, 2006 | Savoy

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2002 | Savoy

Jazz - Released October 15, 2009 | Musicware

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Film Soundtracks - Released November 2, 1992 | Columbia - Legacy

Jazz - Released June 29, 2017 | AAO Music

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Jazz - Released July 26, 2007 | Savoy

Jazz - Released August 2, 2016 | Steel Music

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Jazz - Released March 25, 2016 | Westmill

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Jazz - Released September 10, 2002 | Savoy

Jazz - Released April 25, 2017 | Doxy Records

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This CD compiles two separate live appearances by Charlie Parker, recorded a few days apart in Montreal, several months before the historic all-star concert at Toronto's Massey Hall in which the alto saxophonist took part. Rather than traveling with a band, Parker utilized local musicians, most of whom remain little known outside of Canada, aside from pianist Paul Bley, guitarist Dick Garcia, and bassist Hal Gaylor. Some of the tracks from the live set at Chez Paree are incomplete because Parker walked off-stage to shut off the recorder while his sidemen soloed. Some of the tracks from the television performance were in edited form, but fortunately one musician retained his unedited copy and complete versions were available for remastering, greatly improving the sound of the rhythm section. In spite of Parker's notorious unreliability from his drug addiction, he is great form on both gigs, and his voice is even heard a few times talking clearly to the audience to introduce songs. Tenor saxophonist Brew Moore also has a featured number ("Bernie's Tune") in place of Parker. It's refreshing to hear a live recording of Charlie Parker that consists of more than just his solos, and this laudable CD will be of great interest to his fans. ~ Ken Dryden
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2002 | Fantasy Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2001 | Blue Note Records

In 2001 Blue Note released an expanded edition of One Night in Washington, an Elektra LP dating from the 1980s that documented some of Charlie Parker's adventures in the nation's capitol near the end of his short life. Reusing the same beautiful cover art (a portrait of Parker in action, painted by Charles Reid) the Blue Note CD edition adds material recorded in the same city during the same time period and retains a four-minute excerpt from a Red Rodney interview, which was conducted about 30 years afterwards. Seasoned Charlie Parker devotees may be aware that some of the music heard on this edition was issued at one point on an LP titled Yardbird: D.C. 53, and will appreciate having so much rare Bird on one disc. Excerpts from three live gigs are preserved on this Blue Note compilation. The earliest took place at the Howard Theater on October 18, 1952; the band was billed as "the Charlie Parker Tentet" and one of the participants was tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims. On February 22, 1953 Bird performed at the Club Kavakos in front of a big band led by drummer Joe Timer. For generations the recordings made that night have been savored as glowing examples of how inventive and adaptable Charlie Parker really was. As Rodney explains, there wasn't time for Yardbird to rehearse with the big band. Completely unfamiliar with the arrangements, Bird relied entirely on instinctual "bop logic" to navigate with ease as he formulated solos of remarkable prismatic complexity. The rest of the material on this anthology of relatively rare Bird was recorded two weeks later at the Howard Theater on March 8, 1953. Blue Note has done an excellent job of cleaning up these privately produced recordings. They convey some measure of the raw excitement of a live Charlie Parker performance. Present at this concert jam session were trumpeter Red Rodney, trombonist Kai Winding and drummer Max Roach. The audience loved Charlie Parker and so will you. ~ arwulf arwulf
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1989 | Concord Records