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Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker © William Gottlieb/Retna
Born: Aug 29, 1920 in Kansas City, KS
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Died: Mar 12, 1955 in New York, NY
Genre: Jazz, Classical
Biography: 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 ...Read full biography
The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever
Released: 1953
Label: Prestige Records
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Reissued many times but well worth acquiring in one form or another, the music on this double LP features the famous Massey Hall concert, which teamed together (for the last time on records) the unbeatable ...Read full review
Carnegie Hall X-Mas '49
Released: 1950
Label: Jass Records
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This Carnegie Hall concert can be considered the height of the bebop era. Among the top young modernists heard near their early peaks are pianist Bud Powell, trumpeter Miles Davis, baritonist Serge Chaloff, ...Read full review
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