Charlie Parker – His Finest Recordings (8 Classic Albums On 4 CDS)


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Release Date: 2021

Label: Enlightenment


Track List

Disc 1:

  • A Night In Tunisia
  • Yardbird Suite
  • Moose The Mooche
  • Ornithology
  • Loverman
  • Bebop
  • The Gypsy
  • Max Making Wax
  • Relaxin’ at Camarillo
  • Cheers
  • Carvin’ the Bird
  • Stupendous
  • Cool Blues
  • Dark Shadows
  • Hot Blues
  • This Is Always
  • Bird’s Nest
  • Don’t Blame Me
  • Dexterity
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Bongo Bop
  • Embraceable You
  • Dewey Square
  • Quasimodo
  • Scrapple from the Apple

Disc 2:

  • My Old Flame
  • Air Conditioning
  • Crazeology
  • Bird Feathers
  • Out Of Nowhere
  • Bongo Beep
  • Bird Feathers
  • Klactoveedsedstene
  • April in Paris
  • Summertime
  • If I Should Lose You
  • I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
  • Everything Happens to Me
  • Just Friends
  • Dancing In The Dark
  • Laura
  • East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)
  • They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  • Easy To Love
  • I’m In The Mood For Love
  • I’ll Remember April

Disc 3:

  • Now’s The Time
  • Donna Lee
  • Chasin’ The Bird
  • Red Cross
  • KoKo
  • Warmin’ Up A Riff
  • Half Nelson
  • Sippin’ At Bell’s
  • Billie’s Bounce
  • Cheryl
  • Milestones
  • Another Hair-Do
  • Thrivin’ From a Riff
  • Buzzy
  • Little Willie Leaps
  • Klaunstance
  • Bloomdido
  • My Melancholy Baby
  • Relaxin’ with Lee
  • Passport
  • Leap Frog
  • An Oscar for Treadwell
  • Mohawk

Disc 4:

  • Temptation
  • Autumn in New York
  • Lover
  • Stella by Starlight
  • Dancing in the Dark
  • Night and Day
  • I Can’t Get Started
  • What is This Thing Called Love?
  • Almost Like Being in Love
  • Laura
  • Perdido
  • Salt Peanuts
  • All the Things You Are
  • Wee
  • Hot House
  • A Night in Tunisia



Charles “Charlie” Parker Jr, nicknamed “Bird” and “Yardbird”, was perhaps the best remembered and important American jazz saxophonist of all. A highly influential soloist and leading figure in the development of bebop, Parker was a blazingly fast virtuoso and introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas into jazz, including rapid passing chords, new variants of altered chords, and chord substitutions. Primarily a player of the alto saxophone, Bird’s tone ranged from clean and penetrating to sweet and sombre. Parker acquired the nickname “Yardbird” early in his career on the road with Jay McShann. This, and the shortened form “Bird”, continued to be used for the rest of his life, inspiring the titles of a number of Parker compositions, such as ‘Yardbird Suite’, ‘Ornithology’, ‘Bird Gets the Worm’, and ‘Bird of Paradise’. Parker was an icon for the hipster subculture and later the Beat Generation, personifying the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual rather than just an entertainer. This 4CD Collection features the very best of Charlie Parker’s recordings made during his short life, many of which were originally released as 78RPM ‘singles’ or on 10″ albums. During his career Parker recorded largely for the Dial, Savoy and Verve labels, and this collection features selections from each of these tenures. Comprising eight albums largely released during his lifetime as collections from the various, legendary sessions and concerts in which he performed as leader or co-leader, this collection will satisfy any Charlie Parker fan, whether a new convert to the fold or a long-termer who’s been flying the flag for decades.



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