BlueBird: Legendary Savoy Sessions

by Charlie Parker and Miles Davis

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Can you find the glaring omission in this otherwise excellent overview of Charlie Parker's Savoy studio recordings? Definitive, belying their label's very name, left three titles off of BlueBird: Legendary Savoy Sessions. Although "Waking Up a Riff" and "Thriving from a Riff" could conceivably be considered expendable, the absence of "Ko-Ko" constitutes a serious lapse of judgment on the part of the producers of this compilation. Built upon the chord progressions of Ray Noble's "Cherokee," "Ko-Ko" is a fundamental milestone of modern music. Why was it not included here? Even allowing for the space taken up by four titles from Miles Davis' first session as a leader, there would and should have been room for "Ko-Ko." This is a great little album with one gravely unfortunate flaw. Maybe some other Charlie Parker Savoy collection would be a wiser choice. ~ arwulf arwulf
Publication Date:
American Jazz Classics / Disconforme

Track Listing

Disc 1

  1. Billie's Bounce (3:11)
  2. Now's the Time (3:16)
  3. Meandering (3:17)
  4. Donna Lee (2:32)
  5. Chasin' the Bird (2:44)
  6. Cheryl (2:58)
  7. Buzzy (2:28)
  8. Milestones (2:35)
  9. Little Willie Leaps (2:50)
  10. Half Nelson (2:42)
  11. Sippin' at Bells (2:21)
  12. Another Hair-Do (2:38)
  13. Blue Bird (2:50)
  14. Klaunstance (2:45)
  15. Bird Gets the Worm (2:35)
  16. Barbados (2:29)
  17. Ah-Leu-Cha (2:54)
  18. Constellation (2:27)
  19. Parker's Mood (3:03)
  20. Perhaps (2:34)
  21. Marmaduke (2:43)
  22. Steeplechase (3:04)
  23. Merry-Go-Round (2:27)

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