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Now’s The Time To Celebrate The Genius Of Charlie Parker

The Genius Of Charlie Parker was no overstatement. An expanded reissue of an original 1953 album offered an insight into Bird’s recording techniques.

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The Genius Of Charlie Parker

Reissued in 1957 as The Genius Of Charlie Parker, Vol.3: Now’s The Time, with alternate takes of the original 10” LPs eight tracks, the original Verve album simply called Charlie Parker, released in 1953, is a gem among Parkers work. The original LP had eight tracks, the first four recorded at Fulton Recording in New York City, on 28 July 1953, while the following four tracks date from a session at the same studio, seven months earlier.

The original 10” album, with its exquisite David Stone Martin album art, is a real collectors item today, and the music inside is just brilliant too. Bird, along with pianist Hank Jones on the December 1952 sides and Al Haig on the July 1953 session, plus drummer Max Roach and bassists Teddy Kotick (on the December 1952 cuts) and Percy Heath (on the July 1953 sides).

On the 1957 The Genius Of Charlie Parker, Vol. 3 reissue, there are alternate takes and false starts from four of the tracks, giving a fascinating insight into Bird’s recording technique. If you’re wondering where the titles for some of the Parker originals come from, he wrote ‘Laird Baird’ for his son Laird Parker and ‘Kim’ for his stepdaughter, of the same name.

Other bonus cuts on the reissue include the beautiful, ‘Ballade’ which was originally recorded in October 1950 and features Coleman Hawkins on tenor saxophone, Hank Jones on piano, along with a rhythm section featuring bassist Ray Brown and the great Buddy Rich on drums.

‘Cardboard’ and ‘Visa’ date from a session in late winter 1949 and are both brilliant with Bird playing alongside, Kenny Dorham (trumpet), Tommy Turk (trombone), Al Haig (piano), Tommy Potter (bass), Max Roach (drums), and Carlos Vidal (bongos)

The original 10” was reissued in 1957 as The Genius Of Charlie Parker, Vol.3: Now’s The Time with alternate takes of some of the original eight tracks.

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