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Unheard Takes of Jazz Legend Charlie Parker and His Collaborators Released in New Set

Charlie Parker: Unheard Bird: The Unissued TakesFifty-eight never listed studio takes from legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker and his groups have been compiled on the set, Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes.

The set features a veritable who’s who of bebop bassists, including Teddy Kotick, Ray Brown, Tommy Potter and Curley Russell. Jazz historian Phil Schaap, currently Curator at Jazz At Lincoln Center, co-produced the compilation and provides a session-by-session history and track-by-track analysis in the liner notes.

The songs range from Latin jazz and an unfinished Cole Porter project to work by Parker’s quintet. All the music was recorded between 1949 and 1952, and the set includes the final masters of completed work, as well.

Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes is available on CD.

Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes Track List:

Disc 1:

  1. Okiedoke incomplete
  2. Okiedoke alternate take
  3. Okiedoke incomplete
  4. Okiedoke alternate take
  5. Okiedoke released master
  6. Visa incomplete
  7. Visa alternate take
  8. Visa false start
  9. Visa released master
  10. Tune X incompletes & false start
  11. Tune X alternate take
  12. Tune X incompletes
  13. Tune X, a.k.a. ‘Diverse’ released master
  14. Tune X, a.k.a. ‘Segment’ released master
  15. Tune Y false starts
  16. Tune Y, a.k.a. ‘Passport’ released ‘rare’ master
  17. Tune Z false start
  18. Tune Z alternate take
  19. Tune Z false starts
  20. Tune Z alternate take
  21. Tune Z false starts
  22. Tune Z alternate take
  23. Tune Z, also a.k.a. ‘Passport’ released ‘common’ master
  24. If I Should Lose You false starts
  25. If I Should Lose You released master
  26. Star Eyes incomplete & false start
  27. Star Eyes incomplete
  28. Star Eyes released master
  29. Blues (Fast) false starts
  30. Blues (Fast) alternate take
  31. Blues (Fast) false start
  32. Blues (Fast) alternate take
  33. Blues (Fast) incomplete
  34. Blues (Fast) alternate take
  35. Blues (Fast) abandoned take, studio chatter
  36. Blues (Fast) released master
  37. Bloomdido false starts
  38. Bloomdido released master

Disc 2:

  1. An Oscar for Treadwell incomplete
  2. An Oscar for Treadwell incomplete
  3. An Oscar For Treadwell released alternate take
  4. An Oscar For Treadwell released master
  5. Mohawk incomplete & false start
  6. Mohawk released alternate take
  7. Mohawk false start
  8. Mohawk released master
  9. My Little Suede Shoes alternate take w/false start
  10. My Little Suede Shoes alternate take
  11. My Little Suede Shoes alternate take
  12. My Little Suede Shoes released master
  13. Tico Tico alternate take w/false start
  14. Tico Tico false starts
  15. Tico Tico alternate take
  16. Tico Tico false starts
  17. Tico Tico released master
  18. Fiesta alternate take w/false start
  19. Fiesta released master
  20. Mama Inez alternate take
  21. Mama Inez released master
  22. Night And Day alternate take
  23. Night And Day alternate take
  24. Night And Day released master
  25. Almost Like Being In Love alternate take
  26. Almost Like Being In Love false start & incomplete
  27. Almost Like Being In Love released master
  28. What Is This Thing Called Love incomplete
  29. What Is This Thing Called Love alternate take
  30. What Is This Thing Called Love incomplete
  31. What Is This Thing Called Love released master