Jazz Masters #28 1094


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    Jazz Masters #28 1094 Universal-Island Records / Verve

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Review Text Standards made up one third of the trinity of Bird's repertoire, along with his own serpentine reworkings of the blues and originals consisting of new melodic statements over the chord progressions of his favorite standards. The emphasis here is on the first category, focusing on the kind of Broadway tunes jazz musicians have been remaking since the '20s.As with most of Verve's Parker compilations, STANDARDS' material is drawn from various kinds of recording sessions, presenting a cross-section of Parker's approach to standards. More accurately, the set is a cross-section of producer Norman Granz's ideas for recording the altoist in the early '50s. Not that Bird was an unwilling participant. In Harvey Pekar's liner notes, Parker is quoted as saying: "I was looking for new ways of saying things musically...I asked for strings as far back as 1941." There are, in fact, four recordings with strings here (including a live "Easy to Love"), one with the Dave Lambert Singers (pretty goofy), three extended jams from JAZZ AT THE PHILHARMONIC, and a handful of small group sessions-some with Latin percussion.

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Love for Sale - 6:37
  2. 2. If I Should Lose You - 3:49
  3. 3. Almost Like Being in Love - 3:37
  4. 4. Why Do I Love You? - 3:08
  5. 5. I Remember You - 3:06
  6. 6. Easy to Love - 2:22
  7. 7. Old Folks - 4:37
  8. 8. I Got Rhythm - 13:57
  9. 9. Laura - 3:00
  10. 10. Estrellita - 3:49
  11. 11. What Is This Thing Called Love? - 3:39
  12. 12. Embraceable You - 11:35
  13. 13. I Love Paris - 5:10
  14. 14. How High the Moon - 6:22

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