Recent listening, current

Saturday, January 12, 2013

01. Charlie Parker / The Complete Savoy and Dial (2002)

Charlie Parker's light went out while he was still young, so his recordings are condensed, roughly, inside of a single decade. That's still a lot music if you include previously unissued live recordings, studio outtakes, etc. But the short career makes the Parker oeuvre relatively digestible compared to that of say, Dizzy Gillespie, who worked for 50 years. So I'm happy that we have this compilation of all the Savoy and Dial sides, a trump-all set that makes the job of digestion so much easier. If you're new to Bird, then start here. Collectors and academic listeners will prefer the complete recordings (splurge a hundred bucks for those) while anyone just wanting to hear the music, without the clams, false starts and other glorious mistakes, will pick the Master Takes for a third of the price.

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