Now's the Time

Now's the Time

by Charlie Parker


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This 17-cut compilation covers Charlie Parker's early years with Savoy. All of this material has been released many times, and has even been packaged better. But it does serve a purpose in introducing some of the most seminal performances Charlie Parker and his bands committed to tape at the dawn of bebop. This budget-priced disc includes all master takes and some of the most seminal compositions in the history of jazz. While it's true the Dial period is not covered here, the years 1945-48 are represented by historic cuts like "Koko," "Billie's Bounce," "Donna Lee," "Chasin' the Bird," "Parker's Mood," and "Steeplechase," to name a few. The material is all by Bird. The earliest sides feature Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet -- only on "Koko," and playing piano on a few cuts. Miles Davis enters the picture later in '45, in a band that included Max Roach, Bud Powell, and Tommy Potter. In 1947, pianists Duke Jordan and later John Lewis joined the band, as did bassist Curly Russell. Roach was in the band throughout, and after Gillespie's initial stint so was Davis. Now's the Time [Savoy Jazz] is recommended for the novice. For those who are interested in the breadth and depth of Parker's stays with Savoy and Dial, the three-disc Complete Savoy and Dial Master Takes is recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/14/2006
Label: Savoy Jazz
UPC: 0795041758729
catalogNumber: 17587
Rank: 87820

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Parker   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Miles Davis   Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie   Piano,Trumpet
Duke Jordan   Piano
Bud Powell   Piano
Max Roach   Drums
Tommy Potter   Bass
Curly Russell   Bass
Argonne Thornton   Piano
John Richard Lewis   Piano

Technical Credits

Doug Hawkins   Engineer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Bill Milkowski   Liner Notes,Annotation
Charles Parker   Composer
Jim Syracusa   Engineer
Iron Bulb   Art Direction
Chris Carroll   Art Direction

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