20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Charlie Parker

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Charlie Parker

by Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker



Alto saxophonist Charlie Parker was instrumental in tipping jazz over from the swing genre, which was predominantly a dance music, to bop, which aspired to art, an intellectual dance if you will, and consequently Parker was a huge purveyor of the mid-'40s sea change that began to alter the way audiences approached jazz, and pop music in general. This brief, concise overview of his peak years includes "The Bird" (an update of the old swing standard "Topsy"), recorded for Norman Granz's monumental The Jazz Scene project in 1947, and 1950's wonderful "Bloomdido," which reunited Parker with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and boasted a for-the-ages rhythm section of Thelonious Monk, Curly Russell, and Buddy Rich. Another highlight is "K.C. Blues," tracked in 1951 and featuring extended blues improvisations from both Parker and a young Miles Davis. Bird died in 1955, and that it has been nearly 50 years since his passing is unfathomable, since his influence is still so pervasive in jazz and is likely to remain that way, whatever the millennium. This disc is a bare-bones, basic introduction to Parker, but it is only the beginning, and you'll find yourself wanting more almost immediately.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/2004
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602498630488
catalogNumber: 000299002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Parker   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Walter Bishop   Piano
Will Bradley   Trombone
Miles Davis   Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Haig   Piano
Bill Harris   Trombone
Hank Jones   Piano
Shelly Manne   Drums
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Rich   Drums
Max Roach   Drums
Red Rodney   Trumpet
Tony Aless   Piano
Bob Haggart   Bass
Neal Hefti   Conductor
John LaPorta   Clarinet
Lou Stein   Piano
Stan Freeman   Piano
Don Lamond   Drums
Mitch Miller   French Horn,Oboe
Luis Miranda   Conga
Stan Webb   Baritone Saxophone
Teddy Kotick   Bass
Percy Heath   Bass
Manny Albam   Baritone Saxophone
Porcino   Trumpet
Verlye Mills   Harp
Ray Brown   Bass
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Art Drelinger   Woodwind
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Sid Harris   Violin
Roy Haynes   Drums
Max Hollander   Violin
Harry Katzman   Violin
Jose Mangual   Bongos
Pete Mondello   Tenor Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Thelonious Monk   Piano
Gene Orloff   Violin,Concert Master
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Hank Ross   Tenor Saxophone
Curly Russell   Bass
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Sylvan Shulman   Violin
Bart Varsalona   Trombone
Ray Wetzel   Trumpet
Jack Zayde   Violin
Doug Mettome   Trumpet
Milton Lomask   Violin
Zelly Smirnoff   Violin
Jimmy Carroll   Conductor
Murray Williams   Alto Saxophone
Joe Lipman   Conductor
Manny Fidler   Violin
Vinnie Jacobs   French Horn
Fred Ruzilla   Viola
Joe Benaventi   Cello
Frank Brieff   Viola
Bronislaw Gimpel   Violin
Nat Nathanson   Viola
Myor Rosen   Harp
Sonny Salad   Alto Saxophone
Diego Iborra   Percussion
Sam Caplan   Violin,Concert Master
John Richard Lewis   Piano
Frank Miller   Cello

Technical Credits

Neal Hefti   Arranger,Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Benny Harris   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Bob Porter   Liner Notes
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Jimmy Sherman   Composer
Jimmy Carroll   Arranger
Joe Lipman   Arranger
John Klenner   Composer
Jimmy Davis   Composer

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