Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Charlie Parker..Bird In Time 1940-47 - CD REVIEW

CD Reviews: ESP 4050
Posted by: editor on Friday, November 14, 2008 - 04:26 PM By John Gilbert

This is a spectacular 4 disc set of selected recordings and rareinterviews with Bird and his worthy constituents. The first thing that Ihad to zone in on was the interview with the late Earl Coleman who was afriend, roomate and band mate of mine in the 50's. I have to tell youthat it brought tears to my eyes to hear Earl's rich voice and Bird'shorn sweetly resonating in my ears. Earl often described his days withParker as his greatest moments in jazz. "This Is Always" and "DarkShadows" are a musical explanation of why this era in jazz isunparalleled in its beauty and form. God bless Bird and Earl. Bird'shorn weaves its magic in no uncertain terms, the notes fly, the ideasabound. It will never get any better than this. Everything has a messageand every passage has a purpose with never any cluttered crap, so oftenprevalent these days.


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