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Album Review

Bird takes Porter's songs and extends them to glorious heights. A fine reissue.

Customer Reviews

Bird Soars Through Porter's Classics

This albulm I believe is a compilation of different Cole Porter songs by Charlie Parker. On this albulm some songs feature strings, and others Bird is in a Quintet or Quartet, whatever setting Mr.Parker is in it doesn't slow him down. Bird brings his tradmark bebop licks to these Classics, and gives the songs a whole new Bop feeling. The highlight of the albulm is What is Thing Called Love which is a Blazing 15 minutes long. This gives people the opportunity to hear Parker solo longer than on his other records, also I believe Oscar Peterson is sitting behind the Piano on this track and Mr.Gillespie on the trumpet. Stupendous Record!

Very Good

Well, I think the album pretty much says it. Slow and more relaxed, and at times has that huge Big Band Swing sound which I love. Parker did an extraordinary job with this recording, no surprise there.


This album is simply fantastic. It's quite relaxing; I usually put it on before I'm going to sleep, and it's also really great for doing homework. Bird is in top form on this album for sure!


Born: August 29, 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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