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New Budget Price Charlie Parker Box Set

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It was early in 1949 that Charlie Parker recorded for the first time for the Mercury label, with Norman Granz producing – it was with Machito And His Orchestra. More sessions followed and an appearance at the JATP at Carnegie Hall in February and again in September. In November he recorded with the Jimmy Carroll Orchestra for what became the quintessential, Charlie Parker With Strings. The following month a new club opened in New York; it was named Birdland in the saxophonists honour.

The following year, in June, he recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, pianist, Thelonious Monk, Curly Russell on bass and Buddy Rich the sides that made up the classic recording, Bird & Diz, which features in this brand new box set.

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These are the first five albums issued by Verve Records shortly after it was founded by Norman Granz in 1956. Each one of them is an essential album and traces the career of the brilliant saxophonist during his long association with Granz.

Volume 1 dates from sessions in 1950 and 1952 which had in part been issued by Mercury under the title of Charlie Parker Big Band. Besides Bird, Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown are heard on some tracks and among the standouts are the title track and the sumptuous ‘Autumn in New York.’

Volume 2 is a reissue of the Clef classic, Charlie Parker With Strings; suffice to say everyone should own this record. Volume 3, Now’s the Time are quartet recordings that all have Max Roach on drums with Percy Heath and Teddy Kotick sharing bass duties and Hank Jones and Al Haig doing likewise on the piano.

Volume 5 are quintet recordings from 1954 with Walter Bishop Jr. on piano Jerome Darr and Billy Bauer sharing the guitar playing, with Teddy Kotick on bass and Roy Haynes and Art Taylor sharing the drum stool.

This brand new Charlie Parker box set is housed in a cardboard outer waller all the albums come in replica sleeves of the original LPs

• The Genius Of Charlie Parker Vol.1: Night And Day
• The Genius Of Charlie Parker Vol.2: April In Paris
• The Genius Of Charlie Parker Vol.3: Now’s The Time
• The Genius Of Charlie Parker Vol.4: Bird And Diz
• The Genius Of Charlie Parker Vol.5: Charlie Parker Plays Cole Porter

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6 Comments

  1. Joshua Valdepena

    April 10, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Where can I buy this magnificent collection at please!

    • uDiscover

      April 10, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Just click on the button above where it says, buy

  2. Sam

    May 14, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Only on CD? Will buy if on vinyl…

  3. bobstad

    June 29, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I had the vinyl LP of Now’s The Time Verve Genius of Charlie Parker Volume 3, during the early & mid 1970s; though a few years ago bought the same recordings on compact disc, which included several tracks not on the original LP.

    This turned out to be a mixed bag. Nothing wrong with more Bird; though the continuity of the LP recordings is lost on the compact disc I have. So, easy to wonder if this new series; is duplicating the original LP, or like the cd I have, adds several new tracks?

    While, don’t miss the chance at some of the greatest music you’ll ever hear, in either instance. Just make a file in your computer of the LP tracks, if that’s interesting enough.

  4. bobstad

    June 29, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Hey,

    Lucky me, I was just reading about the five album set more thoroughly; and realize I’ve had all five recordings before. Sure a lot of weight, packing around lots of vinyl. I learned I’m a Gypsy during 1997, after having lived the life over decades already; sleeping in and living out of cars while on the road a lot, and you get tired of trying to take care of your fine old record collection.

  5. Melanie safes

    October 25, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Amazing Story…Very inspiring !!

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