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YMMV / Charlie Parker

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    • Despite being a prolific composer, masterful soloist, and arguably the definitive saxophone virtuoso, his album Charlie Parker With Strings is still considered one of the greatest jazz recordings of all time.
    • For most jazz aficionados, his 1945–48 recordings for the Savoy label (and its sister label Dial) are the essential Charlie Parker and the pinnacle of his output. They feature the first and freshest recordings of many of his classic tunes, and in some respects Parker never had such a good band ever again: the sidemen vary from session to session but include trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie, Howard McGhee and Miles Davis; pianists Bud Powell, Duke Jordan, Errol Garner and John Lewis; trombonist J.J. Johnson; bassists Curley Russell and Tommy Potter; guitarist Barney Kessel, and drummer Max Roach.
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  • Short-Lived Big Impact: Although Parker's career was somewhat longer than most associated with this trope, his death at 34 nonetheless cut short the career of one of the 20th Century's most influential musicians. His impact on jazz in general and saxophonists in particular even today is undeniable; although this trope is considered Your Mileage May Vary, it's not difficult to demonstrate that anyone who considers that Parker didn't have a big impact on jazz history, simply doesn't know jazz history.


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