Charlie Parker : Charlie Parker with Strings: The Master Takes

Charlie Parker : Charlie Parker with Strings: The Master Takes CD

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Compared to his other albums, Bird's improvisations here are more distilled and economical; at the same time, he's never been more clear-headed than this (it's no wonder Parker himself named this record as his personal favorite)! The lush string arrangements and rhythm section's delicate swing intertwine on Just Friends; Everything Happens to Me; April in Paris; Summertime; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; If I Should Lose You; Dancing in the Dark; Out of Nowhere; Laura; They Can't Take That Away from Me; Easy to Love; I'm in the Mood for Love; I'll Remember April; Easy to Love; Autumn in New York , and more. 24 tracks in all!
Charlie Parker welcomed the opportunity to record standards with a small string ensemble in 1949, and the results are stunning, his liquid alto soaring over the tuneful and only occasionally stiff arrangements. Along the way, he invests tunes like "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" and "Laura" with a unique blend of bluesy realism and mercurial improvisation. The CD adds live versions from a Carnegie Hall concert, and there are also two brilliant versions of Neal Hefti's "Repetition." The 1947 version has Bird flying spontaneously over the dense orchestration of horns, strings, and Latin percussion. --Stuart Broomer

1. [3:30] Just Friends
2. [3:15] Everything Happens To Me
3. [3:06] April In Paris
4. [2:46] Summertime
5. [3:12] I Didn't Know What Time It Was
6. [2:46] If I Should Lose You
7. [3:10] Dancing In The Dark (With Studio Chatter)
8. [3:06] Out Of Nowhere
9. [2:57] Laura
10. [3:37] East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)
11. [3:17] They Can't Take That Away From Me
12. [3:29] Easy To Love
13. [3:33] I'm In The Mood For Love
14. [3:02] I'll Remember April
15. [2:54] What Is This Thing Called Love? (Live At Carnegie Hall/1950)
16. [3:13] April In Paris (Live At Carnegie Hall/1950)
17. [2:48] Repetition (Live At Carnegie Hall/1950)
18. [2:25] Easy To Love (Live (1949/Carnegie Hall))
19. [3:00] Rocker (I'll Remember April) (Live At Carnegie Hall/1950)
20. [3:31] Temptation
21. [3:06] Lover
22. [3:29] Autumn In New York
23. [2:56] Stella By Starlight
24. [2:57] Repetition

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