Personnel includes: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Dizzy Gillespie (vocals, trumpet, piano); John Jackson (alto saxophone); Fred Culliver, Bob Mabane, Lucky Thompson, Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone); Buddy Anderson, Bob Merrill, Orville Minor, Miles Davis, Howard McGhee (trumpet); Lawrence Anderson, Taswell Baird (trombone); Mitch Miller (oboe); Jay McShann, Al Haig, Sadik Hakim, Dodo Marmarosa, Jimmy Bunn, Duke Jordan, John Lewis, Walter Bishop Jr. (piano); Lucky Enois, Alvin Garrison, Barney Kessel (guitar); Gene Ramey, Curley Russell, Victor McMillan, Bob Kesterson, Red Callender, Tommy Potter, Ray Brown, Percy Heath (bass); Doc West, Sid Catlett, Max Roach, Roy Porter, Don Lamond, Buddy Rich (drums).
Compilation producers: Richard Seidel, Ben Young.
Recorded between 1942 and 1953. Includes liner notes by Carl Woideck.
Digitally remastered by Kevin Reeves (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
This is part of the Verve Records Ken Burns JAZZ series.
Personnel: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Dizzy Gillespie (vocals, trumpet, piano); Lucky Enois, Barney Kessel (guitar); Arv Garrison (electric guitar); Myor Rosen (harp); Bronislaw Gimpel, Milton Lomask, Max Hollander (violin); Frank Brieff (viola); Frank Miller (cello); Mitch Miller (oboe); John Jackson (alto saxophone); Bob Mabane, Fred Culliver, Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone); Orville Minor, Howard McGhee, Buddy Anderson, Miles Davis, Bob Merrill (trumpet); Taswell Baird, Lawrence Anderson (trombone); John Lewis, Dodo Marmarosa, Duke Jordan, Jimmy Bunn, Al Haig, Sadik Hakim, Stan Freeman, Walter Bishop, Jr. (piano); Don Lamond, Harold "Doc" West, Max Roach, Roy Porter, Big Sid Catlett, Buddy Rich (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Zefa; Peter Keepnews.
Recording information: 07/02/1942-07/30/1953.
Photographer: Frank Driggs.
Arrangers: Jimmy Carroll; William Scott .
With cooperation from the Verve and Columbia Legacy catalogs, the Ken Burns Jazz series on CD individually spotlights the musical excellence of 22 jazz originators whose careers and influence are explored in Burns' PBS documentary Jazz. Even though alto saxophonist Charlie Parker didn't record as much material as other legends in this series, it's still impossible on a single disc to achieve a thorough picture of Bird's influence. However, you can't go wrong with "Ko-Ko," "Ornithology," "Anthropology," "Now's the Time," "Lover Man," and "Yardbird Suite," all classic Parker mid- to late-'40s bebop sides on Savoy and Dial. Also highlighted are "Just Friends" from the controversial release with strings, and early performances as a member of Dizzy Gillespie's All Star Quintet and Jay McShann's Orchestra. While it's impossible to sum up the history of Parker on a single disc and aficionados will find nothing new, the highlights here keep the novice listener interested enough to continue searching out more material. ~ Al Campbell