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A collection of Charlie Parker’s complete recordings for the Savoy and Dial record labels (excluding alternate takes–hence the title), including Miles Davis on trumpet on session dates from 1945-1948. The stellar lights of bebop are heard throughout this set, as Parker plays with the likes of Miles, Dizzy Gillespie, and Max Roach, creating the enduring shape of contemporary jazz.
Parker waxed what many term as his best recordings during a period which stretched from May 1947 to September 1948. During these months Parker headed a top-rank quintet which usually included Miles, pianist Duke Jordan, bassist Tommy Potter, and drummer extraordinaire Roach. The combination of musicians worked to maximum effect: Miles’ light, middle-register on the trumpet was a perfect foil for Bird while Jordan was a sensitive accompanist with a lyrical solo style. Together with Potter and Roach, Jordan helped form a rhythm section that was the ideal climate in which Parker could flourish.