Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Song:Sweet Georgia Brown
Album:Bird:The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve
This 10CD box set contains everything tenor sax legend Charlie Parker recorded for Verve between 1946-1954. Parker didn't actually sign with Verve until 1949 so they're actually cheating a little bit with this version of Sweet Georgia Brown from the 1946 Jazz At The Philharmonic. But that's OK because this is some of the hottest music played by some of the greatest musicians ever. This includes Charlie Parker & Willie Smith on alto sax, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Ventura & Lester Young on tenor sax, Buck Clayton, Dizzy Gillespie & Al Killian on trumpet, Ken Kersey, Mel Powell & Arnold Ross on piano, Irving Ashby on guitar, Billy Hadnott on bass and Buddy Rich & Lee Young on drums. 10CDs is a bit much for anyone. There are a lot of outtakes included. But you can get the 2CD The Complete JATP Performances from Definitive Records. That is a must. Despite his lifelong heroin addiction, Charlie Parker was a great innovator of jazz. But the addiction made him unreliable and put him in an early grave on Mar. 12, 1955 at age 34.