Info taken from amazon.com and Wikipedia
Edition, adaptation and comments by Toni Basanta in Richmond, Vermont, USA
When Charlie Parker persuaded Norman Granz to let him record an album with strings there were some, Granz included, who thought it was not one of the greatest ideas they had ever heard.
When the album was released there were some purists who cried ‘sacrilege’ and ‘sell-out.’
However, the truth is this is a masterpiece. This is lush Jazz, it’s romantic and it is truly wonderful. “Birds” stays close to the nest, but imbues every track with something very special.
PARKER’s Track Listings
|Birth name||Charles Parker, Jr.|
|Also known as||Bird and Yardbird|
|Born||August 29, 1920
Kansas City, Kansas, US
|Died||March 12, 1955 at age 34
New York City, New York, US
|Genres||Jazz, bebop AfroCuban Jazz w Machito and The AfroCubans|
|Instruments||Alto saxophone, tenor saxophone|
|Labels||Savoy, Dial, Verve, Mercury; UK: Esquire, Vogue, EMI Columbia|
|Associated acts||Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Miles Davis|
|Buescher, Conn, King and Grafton alto saxophones|
Parker was a blazingly fast virtuoso, and he 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.
He acquired the nickname “Yardbird” early in his career. 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”.