Charlie Parker with Strings: Complete Master Takes

Charlie Parker with Strings: Complete Master Takes

by Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker


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When producer Norman Granz decided to let Charlie Parker record standards with a full string section (featuring Mitch Miller on oboe!), the purists cried sellout, but nothing could be further from the truth. There's a real sense of involvement from Bird on these sides, which collect up all the master takes and also include some live tracks from Carnegie Hall that -- judging from the sometimes uneasy murmurings of the crowd -- amply illustrate just how weirdly this mixture of bop lines against "legit" arrangements was perceived. The music on this collection is lush, poetic, romantic as hell, and the perfect antidote to a surfeit of jazz records featuring undisciplined blowing. There's a lot of jazz, but there's only one Bird.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/1995
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731452398420
catalogNumber: 523984
Rank: 61490


  1. Just Friends
  2. Everything Happens to Me
  3. April in Paris
  4. Summertime
  5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  6. If I Should Lose You
  7. Dancing in the Dark
  8. Out of Nowhere
  9. Laura
  10. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)
  11. They Can't Take That Away from Me
  12. Easy to Love
  13. I'm in the Mood for Love
  14. I'll Remember April
  15. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  16. April in Paris
  17. Repetition
  18. Easy to Love
  19. Rocker
  20. Temptation
  21. Lover
  22. Autumn in New York
  23. Stella by Starlight
  24. Repetition

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Parker   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Will Bradley   Trombone
Haig   Piano
Bill Harris   Trombone
Shelly Manne   Drums
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Rich   Drums
Tony Aless   Piano
Bob Haggart   Bass
John LaPorta   Clarinet
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Tommy Potter   Bass
Lou Stein   Piano
Stan Freeman   Piano
Don Lamond   Drums
Mitch Miller   Oboe
Manny Albam   Baritone Saxophone
Porcino   Trumpet
Verlye Mills   Harp
Maurice Brown   Cello
Ray Brown   Bass
Art Drelinger   Woodwind
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Sid Harris   Vocals
Roy Haynes   Drums
Max Hollander   Vocals
Isadore Zir   Viola
Harry Katzman   Vocals
Harry Melnikoff   Vocals
Pete Mondello   Tenor Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Gene Orloff   Vocals
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Samuel Rand   Vocals
Hank Ross   Tenor Saxophone
Curly Russell   Bass
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Sylvan Shulman   Vocals
Joseph Singer   French Horn
Bart Varsalona   Bass Trombone
Ray Wetzel   Trumpet
Jack Zayde   Vocals
Stanley Webb   Baritone Saxophone
Doug Mettome   Trumpet
Howard Kay   Vocals
Milton Lomask   Vocals
Zelly Smirnoff   Vocals
Eddie Brown   Oboe
Jimmy Carroll   Conductor
Murray Williams   Alto Saxophone
Joe Lipman   Conductor
Stan Karpenia   Vocals
Wallace McManus   Harp
Dave Uchitel   Viola
Manny Fidler   Vocals
Vinnie Jacobs   French Horn
Tommy Mace   Oboe
Fred Ruzilla   Viola
Joe Benaventi   Cello
Frank Brieff   Viola
Bronislaw Gimpel   Vocals
Nat Nathanson   Viola
Myor Rosen   Harp
Sonny Salad   Alto Saxophone
Diego Iborra   Percussion
Sam Caplan   Vocals
Ted Blume   Vocals
Frank Miller   Cello

Technical Credits

Matt Dennis   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Joe Goldberg   Liner Notes
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Jimmy Carroll   Arranger
Joe Lipman   Arranger
David Stone Martin   Illustrations
Tom Adair   Composer
Pat Johnston   Composer
Gordon H. Jee   Director,Art Direction

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