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

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Charlie Parker (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. Many Parker recordings demonstrate his virtuoso playing style and complex melodic lines, sometimes combining jazz with other musical genres, including blues, Latin, and classical.

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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Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2008 Complete Live at the Rockland Palace Live Charlie Parker 1
2009 Complete Live at Birdland Live Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie 1
2009 Complete Bird at the Open Door Live Charlie Parker 1
28 Jazz Performances Live Charlie Parker 1
All Stars Live at the Royal Roost Live Charlie Parker 1
Best of The Complete Live Perfomance on Savoy Live Charlie Parker 1
Bird at Birdland Live Charlie Parker 1
Bird at the Apollo Live Charlie Parker 1
Bird at the Hi-Hat Live Charlie Parker 1
Bird Lives Volume I Live Charlie Parker 1
Bop City, Volume 2 Live Charlie Parker 1
Live At Cafe Society Live Charlie Parker 1
Live Sessions Live Charlie Parker 1
Parker Plus Strings: The Charlie Parker Quartet Live In Concert Live Charlie Parker 1
The Washington Concerts Live Charlie Parker 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Bird Up: The Charlie Parker Remix Project Remix Charlie Parker 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1988 Bird Soundtrack Charlie Parker 4

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1946 Moose the Mooch / Yardbird Suite Charlie Parker 1
1948 Bongo Bop / Embraceable You Charlie Parker 1
1949 Summertime / I Didn't Know What Time It Was Charlie Parker 1
1952 Night and Day / I Can't Get Started Charlie Parker 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1975 Bird & Miles Charlie Parker & Miles Davis 1
1990 Charlie Parker Jam Session Charlie Parker 1
1991 The Cole Porter Songbook Charlie Parker 2 1
1994 Bluebird Charlie Parker 1
1999 Emi Jazz Masters Charlie Parker 1
1999 Big Band Charlie Parker 1
2006 Cool Blues Charlie Parker 1
Anthology Charlie Parker 1
At Birdland and Cafe Society Charlie Parker 1
Bird & Miles: Historical Sessions Charlie Parker 1
Bird & Sarah Charlie Parker 1
Bird 47 Charlie Parker 1
Bird Flies High Charlie Parker 1
Bird Lives! Charlie Parker 1
Bird Meets Diz Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie 1
Bird on the Wing (feat. The Jazz All Stars) Charlie Parker 1
Bird Symbols Charlie Parker 1
Birdology Charlie Parker 1
Blue Bird Charlie Parker 1
Bop City, Volume 1 Charlie Parker 1
Broadcast Performances Charlie Parker 1
Charlie Parker Charlie Parker 1
Charlie Parker at Storyville Charlie Parker 1
Charlie Parker Plays the Blues Charlie Parker 1
Charlie Parquer (Figuras del Jazz) Charlie Parker 1
Choice Bird Charlie Parker 3 1
Col Maestros del Jazz & Blues, Volume 4 Charlie Parker 1
Dewey Square Charlie Parker 1
Diz And The Bird Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie 1

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