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Bird After Dark

Charlie Parker

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Album Review

Bird After Dark combines tracks off several of alto saxophonist Charlie Parker's various Savoy label sessions, including Newly Discovered Sides and Bird at the Roost: The Savoy Years, Vol. 1. Given that these albums go in and out of print, this budget compilation seems like an acceptable addition to Parker's catalog — though diehards will still want to seek out the original albums.

Biography

Born: 29 August 1920 in Kansas City, KS

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

One of a handful of musicians who can be said to have permanently changed jazz, Charlie Parker was arguably the greatest saxophonist of all time. He could play remarkably fast lines that, if slowed down to half speed, would reveal that every note made sense. "Bird," along with his contemporaries Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell, is considered a founder of bebop; in reality he was an intuitive player who simply was expressing himself. Rather than basing his improvisations closely on the melody as was...
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