Thursday, April 14, 2016

Charlie Parker - Complete Verve Master Takes

Along with a complete duplication of the 24 performances included in Complete Verve Masters with Strings, which was issued a year earlier than this set, there are 50 other master takes here produced by Norman Granz, ranging from a 1947 Carnegie Hall date to Parker's last in 1954. Many of the cuts come from 1950-1952. Half of the 1949 sessions are string dates ; the rest come from sessions with Kenny Dorham, Tommy Turk, Al Haig, Tommy Potter, and Carlos Vidal. The most rewarding performances are a reunion of sorts with Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, along with Curly Russell and Buddy Rich, from April 1950. These tracks are nearly seminal versions of "Mohawk," "Leapfrog," and "Relaxin' with Lee," along with fine reads of "Bloomdido," "An Oscar for Treadwell," and "My Melancholy Baby." Four other cuts come from a brief reunion with Miles Davis and Max Roach in January of 1951 with Teddy Kotick and Walter Bishop, Jr. rounding out the band, and include smokingly hot versions of "Au Privave," "She Rote," and "K.C Blues." Other musicians who appear here are Oscar Peterson, Red Rodney, Kenny Clarke, John Lewis, and Billy Bauer, among dozens of others. The package is beautiful in a decorated, painted silver metal box that the CDs fold out of, but the booklet — like Universal's Joni Mitchell set — falls apart because of bogus stitching. There is undoubtedly great music here, although it would have worked better as a double set to respect those who were righteous enough to buy the strings disc.
Thom Jurek

Source :

Charlie Parker
The Complete Verve Master Takes


Cd. 1

1 The Bird (Parker)  4:46
2 Cardboard (Parker)  3:08
3 Visa (Parker)  2:58
4 Segment Tune X (Parker)  3:18
5 Passport Tune Y (Rare) (Parker)  2:54
6 Passport Tune Z (Common) (Parker)  2:59
7 Just Friends (Klenner, Lewis)  3:30
8 Everything Happens To Me (Denis, Adair)  3:15
9 April in Paris (Duke, Harburg)  3:06
10 Summertime (Gershwin, Gershwin, Heyward)  2:46
11 I Didn't Know What Time it Was (Rodgers, Hart)  3:15
12 If I Should Lose You (Rainger, Robin)  2:46
13 Star Eyes (DePaul, Raye)  3:25
14 Blues (Fast) (Parker)  2:45
15 I'm in The Mood For Love (McHugh, Fields)  2:50
16 Bloomdido (Parker)  3:24
17 An Oscar For Treadwell (Parker)  3:21
18 Mohawk (Parker)  3:35
19 My Melancholy Baby (Burnett)  3:23
20 Leap Frog (Parker)  2:33
21 Relaxing With Lee (Parker)  2:47
22 Dancing in The Dark (Schwartz, Dietz)  3:10
23 Out Of Nowhere (Green, Heyman)  3:06
24 Laura (Raskin, Mercer)  2:59


Cd. 2

1 East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon) (Bowman)  3:38
2 They Can't Take That Away From Me (Gershwin Gershwin)  3:17
3 Easy to Love (Porter)  3:29
4 I'm In The Mood For Love (McHugh, Fields)  3:33
5 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye)  3:09
6 Au Privave (Parker)  2:42
7 She Rote (Parker)  3:06
8 K.C. Blues (Parker)  3:20
9 Star Eyes (DePaul, Raye)  3:30
10 My Little Suede Shoes (Parker)  3:03
11 Un Poquito De Tu Amor (Guiterrez)  2:45
12 Tico Tico (aka "Tico-Tico No Fuba") (Abreu, Oliveira)  3:04
13 Fiesta (Massey)  2:49
14 Why Do I Love You ? (Kern, Hammerstein II)  2:58
15 Blues For Alice (Parker)  2:47
16 Si Si (Parker)  2:38
17 Swedish Schnapps (Parker)  3:10
18 Back Home Blues (Parker)  2:46
19 Loverman (Ramirez, Davis, Sherman)  3:23
20 Temptation (Brown, Freed)  3:30
21 Lover (Rodgers, Hart)  3:06
22 Autumn in New York (Duke)  3:28
23 Stella By Starlight (Young, Washington)  2:56
24 Mama Inez (Gilbert, Grenet)  2:50
25 La Cucaracha (trad.)  2:43


Cd. 3

1 Estrellita (Ponce)  2:40
2 Begin The Beguine (Porter)  3:10
3 La Paloma (trad. attibuted to de Yradier)  2:39
4 Night And Day (Porter)  2:50
5 Almost Like Being in Love (Loewe, Lerner)  2:33
6 I Can't Get Started (Duke, Gershwin)  3:08
7 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter)  2:36
8 The Song Is You (Kern, Hammerstein II)  2:56
9 Laird Baird (Parker)  2:44
10 Kim (Parker)  2:59
11 Cosmic Rays (Parker)  3:04
12 In The Still Of The Night (Porter)  3:23
13 Old Folks (Robison, Hill)  3:35
14 If I Love Again (Murray, Oakland)  2:25
15 Chi-Chi (Parker)  3:05
16 I Remember You (Schertzinger, Mercer)  3:02
17 Now's The Time (Parker)  3:01
18 Confirmation (Parker)  2:58
19 I Get A Kick Out Of You (Porter)  3:34
20 Just One Of Those Things (Porter)  2:37
21 My Heart Belongs to Daddy (Porter)  3:18
22 I've Got You Under My Skin (Porter)  3:33
23 Love For Sale (Porter)  5:32
24 I Love Paris (Porter)  5:07


Featuring Charlie Parker, Hank Jones, Buddy Rich, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Dorham, Shelly Manne, Tommy Turk, Al Haig, Tommy Potter, Max Roach, Stan Freeman, Miles Davis, Walter Bishop, Jr., Teddy Kotick, José Mangual, Roy Haynes, Luis Miranda, Red Rodney, John Lewis, Kenny Clarke, Bob Haggart, Don Lamond, Lou Stein, Benny Harris, Freddie Green, Billy Bauer, Tony Aless, Charles Mingus, Percy Heath, Jerome Darr, Arthur Taylor, etc...

Recorded in New York ; between December 1947 & December 10, 1954


Melanchthon said...

Cd. 1
Cd. 2
Cd. 3

deGallo said...

Thank you for these master takes.

crispi said...

Thank you Sir!

This whole Hip-O Select series is great, especially the Sarah Vaughan and Clifford Brown volumes. I find I prefer some of the Verve Master Edition or Classics series in terms of sound quality (for the strings sessions, for instance), but the remastering on the Dizzy session for instance is better here.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Could you upload again? There are some links that doesn't work!
Thanks a lot!