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  • Performers include: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Dizzy Gillespie (vocals, trumpet, piano); Slim Gaillard (vocals, piano, bass); Sarah Vaughan, Earl Coleman (vocals); Lucky Thompson, Dexter Gordon, Don Byas, Flip Phillips (tenor saxophone); Miles Davis, Howard McGhee (trumpet); J.J. Johnson (trombone); Clyde Hart, Duke Jordan, Dodo Mamarosa, John Lewis, Hank Jones, Erroll Garner, Bud Powell (piano); Barney Kessell, Tiny Grimes (guitar); Tommy Potter, Red Callender, Curly Russell (bass); Max Roach (drums); Jay McShann & His Orchestra.
  • Recorded between 1940 & 1948.
  • Personnel: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Slim Gaillard (vocals, guitar, piano); Tiny Grimes (vocals, guitar); Dizzy Gillespie (vocals, trumpet, piano); Trummy Young (vocals, trombone); Earl Coleman, Rubberlegs Williams, Bam Brown, Al Hibbler, Walter Brown, Sarah Vaughan, Jimmy Butts (vocals); Efferge Ware, Arv Garrison, Remo Palmieri, Barney Kessel, Bill DeArango, Leonard "Lucky" Enois (guitar); Manny Fidler, Sid Harris, Zelly Smirnoff, Sam Caplan, Harry Katzman, Gene Orloff (violin); Nat Nathanson, Fred Ruzilla (viola); Joe Benaventi (cello); John LaPorta (clarinet); Sonny Salad, John Jackson , Murray Williams (alto saxophone); Dexter Gordon, Don Byas, Harold Ferguson, Flip Phillips, Bob Mabane, Fred Culliver, Jack McVea, Lucky Thompson, Wardell Gray, William Scott , Pete Mondello (tenor saxophone); Manny Albam (baritone saxophone); Orville Minor, Howard McGhee, Harold Bruce, Buddy Anderson, Al Porcino, Miles Davis, Ray Wetzel, Shorty Rogers, Melvin Broiles, Doug Mettome, Bob Merrill , Buck Clayton (trumpet); Vinnie Jacobs (French horn); Joe Taswell Baird, Lawrence Anderson, J. Alan Johnson , Bill Harris , Bart Varsalona (trombone); Clyde Hart, Tony Aless, Dodo Marmarosa, Duke Jordan, Erroll Garner, John Richard Lewis, Hank Jones , Jimmy Bunn, Jay McShann, Al Haig, Russ Freeman , Sadik Hakim, Sir Charles Thompson, Tadd Dameron, Teddy Wilson, Bud Powell (piano); Red Norvo (vibraphone); Cozy Cole, Don Lamond, Gus Johnson , Harold "Doc" West, Little Phil Phillips , J.C. Heard , Jimmy Pratt, Max Roach, Roy Porter, Shelly Manne, Big Sid Catlett, Specs Powell, Zutty Singleton (drums); Diego Ibarra (percussion).
  • Recording information: Dallas, TX (11/30/1940-12/20/1948); Detroit, MI (11/30/1940-12/20/1948); Glendale, CA (11/30/1940-12/20/1948); Hollywood, CA (11/30/1940-12/20/1948); Kansas City (11/30/1940-12/20/1948); New York, NY (11/30/1940-12/20/1948); Wichita, KS (11/30/1940-12/20/1948).
  • Arranger: Neal Hefti.
  • A Studio Chronicle 1940-1948 is a five-disc box set from the British label JSP detailing what producer Ted Kendall considers to be the essential studio recordings of saxophonist Charlie Parker. Included here are not only the innovative bebop sides that made Parker a living legend, but also the early Kansas City swing recordings he appeared on while playing with the Jay McShann Orchestra. The result is a studio history of Parker's development from a struggling farm kid turned musician to the most important figure in jazz history next to Louis Armstrong. Given that these recordings are widely available, the real attraction here is the faithful-to-the-original remastered sound, the historically enlightening liner notes, and the overarching critical aesthetic that these are the Bird cuts to check out. Also, given that the tracks are presented with few repeats on discs in chronological order makes this better listening than Atlantic's Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948. Oddly though, the only place Kendall delineates what labels these tracks were originally released on -- mostly Dial and Savoy -- is in the track listing and there only by label numbers. Despite this confusing omission, Kendall has produced a superb collection that illuminates more than it overlooks. ~ Matt Collar
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