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Charlie Parker - Bird of Paradise - Best of Dial Masters


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Artist - Charlie Parker

Title - Bird of Paradise - Best of Dial Masters

Format - Single 180-Gram Colored Green Vinyl LP

Label - Bird's Nest

Centennial Celebration Collection


Alto saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was among the most influential jazz artists ever, and one of the few indisputable geniuses of his time. This set presents the complete master takes from his recording sessions for Ross Russell's Dial label.

Included here are some of Bird's most admired sides, such as "A Night in Tunisia", "Cool Blues" and "All the Things You Are", as well as the troubled "Lover Man" session, after which the saxophonist suffered a mental breakdown.

The masters from a 1945 Red Norvo date (Bird's only existing encounter with pianist Teddy Wilson, reissued on Dial) are also contained here. Also issued on Dial was the so-called "Home- Cooking" date, an amateur recording made right after Bird left the Camarillo psychiatric hospital (the session is presented here in its entirety, including the complete version of "I Got Rhythm".


A1 Moose The Mooche
A2 Yardbird Suite
A3 Ornithology
A4 A Night In Tunisia
A5 Lover Man
A6 Bird's Nest
A7 Cool Blues
A8 Relaxin' At Camarillo
A9 Dexterity
B1 All The Things You Are (Issued As Bird Of Paradise)
B2 Embraceable You
B3 Bird Feathers
B4 Klact-Oveeseds-Tene
B5 Scrapple From The Apple
B6 My Old Flame
B7 Out Of Nowhere
B8 Don't Blame Me
B9 How Deep Is The Ocean?