Personnel: Charlie Parker (vocals, alto saxophone); Dizzy Gillespie (vocals, trumpet); Lucky Thompson (tenor saxophone); Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham (trumpet); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Clyde Hart, Al Haig, Sadik Hakim, Dodo Marmarosa, Erroll Garner, Bud Powell, Duke Jordan, John Lewis (piano); Tiny Grimes, Arvin Garrison (guitar); Jimmy Butts, Curly Russell, Vic McMillan, Red Callender, Tommy Potter (bass); Harold "Doc" West, Sid Catlett, Max Roach
Producers: Teddy Reig, Ross Russell, Buck Ram.
Recorded between 1944 & 1948. Includes liner notes by Kirk Silsbee.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This Savoy compilation features various recordings made by saxophonist Charlie Parker during the mid- to late- '40s. Most die-hard bebop fanatics will have these tracks on other discs, but neophytes should find Burnin' Bird useful. Included are such legendary recordings as "Koko," "Ornithology," and "Shaw 'Nuff" -- many of which feature other jazz icons like trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. While not definitive, Burnin' Bird competes well with similar single-disc Parker compilations. ~ Matt Collar