Charlie Parker (aka "Bird", jazz alto saxophonist)

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Charles Parker, Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955), also known as "Yardbird" and "Bird", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.

Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique and improvisation. Parker introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas including rapid passing chords, new variants of altered chords, and chord substitutions. His tone ranged from clean and penetrating to sweet and somber. Parker acquired the nickname "Yardbird" early in his career; this and its shortened form, "Bird", which continued to be used for the rest of his life, inspired the titles of a number of Parker compositions, such as "Yardbird Suite", "Ornithology", "Bird Gets the Worm", and "Bird of Paradise". Parker was an icon for the hipster subculture and later the Beat Generation, personifying the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual rather than just an entertainer.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1945 The Charlie Parker Story Charlie Parker 5 1
1950 Bird and Diz Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie 5 4
1957 Plays Cole Porter - The Genius Of Charlie Parker #5 Charlie Parker 5 1
1957 The Genius of Charlie Parker, Volume 7: Jazz Perennial Charlie Parker 5 1
1986 Charlie Parker in Sweden 1950 Charlie Parker 5 1
1988 The Genius of Charlie Parker, Volume 3: Now's the Time Charlie Parker 5 2
1989 Now's the Time Charlie Parker 5 1
1991 The Immortal Charlie Parker Charlie Parker 5 1
1993 Chasin' the Bird Charlie Parker 5 1
1994 An Evening at Home With the Bird Charlie Parker 5 1
1994 Bird of Paradise Charlie Parker 5 1
1995 Montreal 1953 Charlie Parker 5 1
1996 Bird's the Word Charlie Parker 5 1
2000 Jazz Plus Charlie Parker 5 1
2000 Midnite Jazz & Blues: The Birds Charlie Parker 5 1
2000 The Latin Bird Charlie Parker 5 1
2003 A Studio Chronicle, 1940 - 1948 Charlie Parker 5 1
2009 Bird's Nest Charlie Parker 5 1
Bird With the Herd Charlie Parker & Woody Herman & The Herd 5 1
Dancing in the Dark Charlie Parker 5 1
The Complete JATP Performances Charlie Parker & Lester Young 5 1
The Complete JATP Performances, Volume 2 Charlie Parker & Lester Young 5 1
The Jazz Biography Charlie Parker 5 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Charlie Parker On Dial, Volume 1 Charlie Parker 1
1972 Charlie Parker On Dial, Volume 2 Charlie Parker 1
1987 Charlie Parker Charlie Parker 1
1987 The Collection - 20 Golden Greats Charlie Parker 1
1988 Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve Charlie Parker 2
1988 Au Privave Charlie Parker 1
1988 Bebop & Bird, Volume 1 Charlie Parker 1
1988 Bebop & Bird, Volume 2 Charlie Parker 1
1988 Bird: The Original Recordings of Charlie Parker Charlie Parker 1
1988 Original Bird - The Best of Bird on Savoy Charlie Parker 1
1988 The Bird Charlie Parker 1
1988 The Bird You Never Heard Charlie Parker 2
1988 The Original Bird - The Best of Charlie Parker 1944-1949 Charlie Parker 1
1989 The Legendary Dial Masters, Volume 1 Charlie Parker 1
1989 The Legendary Dial Masters, Volume 2 Charlie Parker 1
1990 More Unissued Vol. 1 Charlie Parker 1
1990 The Complete Dean Benedetti Recordings of Charlie Parker Charlie Parker 1
1991 Jazz 'Round Midnight Charlie Parker 1
1991 Charlie Parker at Carnegie Hall 1949-1950 Charlie Parker 1
1991 Congo Blues Charlie Parker 1
1991 Rocker Charlie Parker 1
1991 Round Midnight And Other Gems Charlie Parker 1
1992 The Charlie Parker Story Charlie Parker 1
1992 Compact Jazz: Charlie Parker Charlie Parker 1
1992 The World of Charlie Parker: Bird's Nest Charlie Parker 1
1993 The Complete Birth of the Bebop Charlie Parker 1
1993 Charlie Parker on Dial: The Complete Sessions Charlie Parker 3

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