Charlie Parker (a.k.a. “Bird”, jazz alto saxophonist)

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Legal name: Charles Christopher Parker, Jr

Wikipedia

Charles Parker Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955), nicknamed "Bird" and "Yardbird", was an American jazz saxophonist, band leader and composer. Parker was a highly influential soloist and leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique, and advanced harmonies. Parker was a blazingly fast virtuoso and introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas into jazz, including rapid passing chords, new variants of altered chords, and chord substitutions. Primarily a player of the alto saxophone, Parker's tone ranged from clean and penetrating to sweet and somber.

Parker acquired the nickname "Yardbird" early in his career on the road with Jay McShann. This, and the shortened form "Bird", continued to be used for the rest of his life, inspiring 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

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YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1961The Happy "Bird"Charlie Parker1
1989The Highest Flying BirdCharlie Parker1
1990The Charlie Parker StoryCharlie Parker1
1991The Cole Porter SongbookCharlie Parker21
1994BluebirdCharlie Parker1
1996From Dizzy to MilesCharlie Parker1
1999Emi Jazz MastersCharlie Parker1
1999Big BandCharlie Parker1
2006Cool BluesCharlie Parker2
2020Swedish Schnapps: The Genius Of Charlie Parker #8 (Expanded Edition)Charlie Parker1
2020The Magnificent Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker1
At Birdland and Cafe SocietyCharlie Parker1
Bird & Miles: Historical SessionsCharlie Parker1
Bop City, Volume 1Charlie Parker1
BirdologyCharlie Parker1
Bird & SarahCharlie Parker1
Bird SymbolsCharlie Parker1
Bird Lives!Charlie Parker1
Blue BirdCharlie Parker1
Broadcast PerformancesCharlie Parker1
Bird Flies HighCharlie Parker1
Choice BirdCharlie Parker31
Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker1
Charlie Parquer (Figuras del Jazz)Charlie Parker1
Col Maestros del Jazz & Blues, Volume 4Charlie Parker1
Charlie Parker Plays the BluesCharlie Parker1
Chasin' The BirdCharlie Parker1
Dewey SquareCharlie Parker1
From Swing To Bebop: 'Round MidnightCharlie Parker1
In the Studio 1947Charlie Parker1
In the Studio 1946-1947Charlie Parker1
The BirdCharlie Parker1
The Best of BirdCharlie Parker1
Timeless Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker1
Vol. 1 and 2Charlie Parker1

Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1974Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker1
2006The Essence Of Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker1
2016Unheard Bird: The Unissued TakesCharlie Parker1
Bird's Eyes: Last Unissued, Vol. 18 - StardustCharlie Parker1
Bird's Eyes: Last Unissued, Vol. 17Charlie Parker1
Bird's Eyes: Last Unissued Vol. 25 - Open Door '53 (2nd Part)Charlie Parker1

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1949Charlie Parker With StringsCharlie Parker6
1951Red Norvo's Fabulous Jam SessionRed Norvo, Flip Phillips, Teddy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Slam Stewart1
1952Bird and DizCharlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie58
1952South of the BorderCharlie Parker2
1954Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker1
1955Charlie Parker Memorial Vol. 1Charlie Parker3
1956The Charlie Parker StoryCharlie Parker52
1957Plays Cole Porter - The Genius of Charlie Parker #5Charlie Parker53
1957The Genius of Charlie Parker, Volume 7: Jazz PerennialCharlie Parker52
1961"Bird" Is FreeCharlie Parker2
1972Bird With the HerdCharlie Parker & Woody Herman & The Herd52
1977One Night In BirdlandCharlie Parker3
1985Bird/The Savoy Recordings (Master Takes)Charlie Parker1
1986Charlie Parker in Sweden 1950Charlie Parker51
1988The Genius of Charlie Parker, Volume 3: Now's the TimeCharlie Parker53
1989Bird at the Roost, Vol. 3Charlie Parker1
1989Now's the TimeCharlie Parker51
1990Jam SessionCharlie Parker4
1991Bird’s NightCharlie Parker1
1991The Immortal Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker52
1993Bird on the WingCharlie Parker and the Jazz All Stars with Sarah Vaughan1
1993Chasin' the BirdCharlie Parker51
1994An Evening at Home With the BirdCharlie Parker52
1994Bird of ParadiseCharlie Parker51
1995Montreal 1953Charlie Parker51
1996Bird Meets DizCharlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie1
1996Bird's the WordCharlie Parker51
1996Members EditionCharlie Parker1
1997Blue RondoBrubeck, Debussy, Donato/Gilberto, Evans, Jones, Honegger, Parker, Poulenc, Stravinsky; Karl‐Heinz Steffens, David Gazarov, Martin Zehn, Keith Copeland, Chris Lachotta1
1998April in ParisCharlie Parker2
1999The Complete JATP PerformancesCharlie Parker & Lester Young51
20001947-1949Charlie Parker1
2000Jazz PlusCharlie Parker51
2000Midnite Jazz & Blues: The BirdsCharlie Parker51
2000The Latin BirdCharlie Parker & Machito & His Orchestra51
2002Super SessionCharlie Parker, Ben Webster, Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges & Flip Philipp1
2012The Complete Charlie Parker, Vol. 4: Bird of ParadiseCharlie Parker1
2015The Complete Dial MastersCharlie Parker1
2018Newly Discovered Sides By The Immortal Charlie Parker (Live)Charlie Parker1
Bird Takes OffCharlie Parker1
Bird at the RoostCharlie Parker1
Chasin' The BirdCharlie Parker1
Dancing in the DarkCharlie Parker51
Summit Meeting at BirdlandCharlie Parker1
The Jazz BiographyCharlie Parker51

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1949Bird Blows the BluesCharlie Parker1
1957The Charlie Parker Story #1Charlie Parker1
1958Swedish SchnappsCharlie Parker5
1959Diz 'n' Bird in ConcertDizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker2
1961The Charlie Parker Story #2Charlie Parker1
1962Giants of Modern JazzCharlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie1
1970Charlie Parker On Dial, Volume 1Charlie Parker1
1970Charlie Parker on Dial, Volume 5Charlie Parker1
1971Early Modern: 1946 Concert RecordingsLester Young / Charlie Parker / Dizzy Gillespie1
1972Charlie Parker On Dial, Volume 2Charlie Parker1
1974First Recordings!Charlie Parker1
1976Bird: The Savoy Recordings (Master Takes)Charlie Parker2
1976The Verve Years (1948-50)Charlie Parker1
1976Yardbird In Lotus LandCharlie Parker1

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