This release presents the complete original LP Charlie Parker Plays Cole Porter (Verve MGV8007) in its entirety. Intended as a homage to composer Cole Porter, who penned all of the tunes featured here, the album marks one of Norman Granz’s first attempts to present a songbook, preceding the celebrated LPs he would make with Ella Fitzgerald. Bird never saw the final product, as he died on March 12, 1955, which was prior to the LP’s release date. In fact, the album’s second session would also be his very last, either live or at a recording studio. This presents, for the first time ever on CD, the complete original 1955 LP in its original track order (tracks 1-9), and with its original cover and liner notes. Also are included seven bonus tracks consisting of additional studio versions of Porter songs by Bird, including one extra alternate take from the original LP session.
CHARLIE PARKER, alto sax on all tracks, plus:
[1-5]: Walter Bishop, Jr. (p), Jerome Darr (g), Teddy Kotick (b),
Roy Haynes (d). New York, March 31, 1954.
[6-9] & : Walter Bishop, Jr. (p), Billy Bauer (g), Teddy Kotick (b),
Art Taylor (d). New York, December 10, 1954.
: Charlie Parker with Strings. New York, July 5, 1950.
: Walter Bishop, Jr. (p), Teddy Kotick (b), Max Roach (d), Luis Miranda (cga), prob. Jose Mangual (bgo). New York, January 23, 1952.
[12-13]: Charlie Parker Big Band. New York, March 25, 1952.
: Charlie Parker and His Orchestra. Gil Evans (arr, cond). New York, May 25, 1953.
: Norman Granz Jam Session: Charlie Shavers (tp), Johnny Hodges, Benny Carter (as), Flip Phillips, Ben Webster (ts), Oscar Peterson (p), Barney Kessel (g), Ray Brown (b), J.C. Heard (d).
Hollywood, CA, June 17, 1952.
|Brand||Essential Jazz Classics|
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