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Album Review

Verve's Ultimate Charlie Parker may not live up to its billing, but the budget-priced collection is nevertheless a terrific introductory sampler. Jackie McLean, one of Bird's greatest disciples, selected the 11 songs on the compilation, and he did an excellent job of balancing acknowledged classics with choices that illustrate Parker's full range. Some listeners will undoubtedly find a favorite or two missing, but these 11 tracks — including "After You've Gone," "Oh, Lady, Be Good!," "The Bird," "Repetition," "Summertime," "April in Paris" and "Everything Happens to Me" — capture the essence of Parker's Verve recordings, which is enough to make this a worthwhile sampler.

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Simply Smooth - Review not really needed - one of the best that ever did it

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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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