Charlie Parker

Bird in Time 1940-1947

Bird in Time: 1940-1947 is a unique four-disc set chronicling the early developmental stages of Parker from 1940 to the fall of 1947. This includes his performances in the Jay McShann band, his work as a sideman, collaborations with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, as well as his leadership of various groups. In addition to select recordings, the four-disc set includes unique interviews with artists who performed with Parker, or "Bird" as they knew him, describing in detail their experiences with him during this period of time. These interviews provide a glimpse into Parker's creative process while making these tracks. This is a "must have" for serious Charlie Parker collectors.


Jay McShann, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Cootie Williams, Clyde Hart All-Stars, Earl Hines, Billy Eckstein and more!
Selected Interviews with:
Charlie Parker, Max Roach, Roy Porter, Milt Jackson and more!

Track Listing

Disc One1.Charlie Parker Interview-Remembers family/high school band/early gigs 1/early gigs 28:402.Variations/Honeysuckle Rose/Body and Soul3:053.I Got Rhythm3:384.I Found a New Baby3:005.Body and Soul2:52 6.Moten Swing2:49 7.Coquette3:11 8.Oh Lady Be Good2:57 9.Wichita Blues3:11 10.Honeysuckle Rose2:59 11.Max Roach Interview - Meeting Bird/Cherokee 19432:08 12.Cherokee2:50 13.St. Louis Mood4:42 14.I Got It Bad4:00 15.I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles4:03 16.Hootie Blues4:36 17.Swingmatism4:02 18.Theme: Love Don't Get You Nothin'0:29 19.Cherokee3:10 20.My Heart Tells Me3:18 21.I Found a New Baby3:31 22.Body and Soul #21:39 Disc Two1.Sweet Georgia Brown2:39 2.I Got Rhythm4:14 3.Max Roach Interview - Musicians Coming to New York2:32 4.Boogie Woogie3:37 5.Shoe Shine Swing4:14 6.Body and Soul #31:52 7.Embraceable You2:41 8.Charlie Parker Interview - Rubberlegs Williams0:49 9.That's the Blues3:13 10.Charlie Parker Interview - Clyde Hart All-Stars0:40 11.Dream of You2:55 12.7th Avenue2:56 13.Charlie Parker Speaks - The Earl Hines / Billy Eckstine Bands0:47 14.Charlie Parker Speaks - The Song - Mop Mop0:14 15.Mop Mop (exerpt)0:31 16.Theme: 'Round Midnight0:20 17.7113:10 18.Cootie Williams Speaks - Introduction0:12 19.Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me4:07 20.Don't Blame Me3:58 21.Perdido4:06 22.Night Cap4:57 23.Saturday Night3:20 24.MC Announcement0:04 25.Floogie Boo3:52 26.MC Announcement0:20 27.St. Louis Blues1:53 28.Max Roach Speaks - Diz Introduces Bird to New York1:01 29.Sweet Georgia Brown #23:20 30.Lover, Come back To Me3:29 Disc Three1.Teddy Edwards Speaks - West Coast Music Scene3:45 2.Intro1:20 3.Shaw Nuff4:11 4.MC Announcement0:23 5.Groovin' High5:39 6.MC Announcement0:25 7.Dizzy Atmosphere4:25 8.Milt Jackson Speaks - West Coast Music Scene mid-'40s0:35 9.Salt Peanuts2:05 10.Diggin' Diz2:52 11.Roy Porter Speaks - The West Coast Club Scene #12:02 12.Teddy Edwards Speaks - Charlie Parker Playing with Maggie1:13 13.Howard McGhee Discusses His History5:08 14.Jam Session - Announcement1:21 15.Tea For Two2:46 16.Body and Soul (Jam Session Medley)2:39 17.Cherokee (Jam Session Medley)3:04 18.Teddy Edwards Speaks - Maggie / Charlie's First Dial Date2:02 19.Roy Porter Speaks - First Dial Session2:45 20.Roy Porter Speaks - Second Dial Session0:41 21.Lover Man3:21 22.Max Is Makin' Wax (aka Chance It)2:32 23.The Gypsy3:04 24.Bebop2:55 25.Roy Porter Speaks - Second Dial Session (cont'd)1:48 26.Teddy Edwards Speaks - After Charlie Parker's Collapse2:48 27.Howard McGhee Remembers Charlie Parker0:52 28.Lullaby in Rhythm1:30 29.Lullaby in Rhythm1:32 30.Homecooking - 1 - Lullaby in Rhythm2:22 31.Homecooking - 2 - Cherokee2:07 32.Homecooking - 3 - I Got Rhythm1:45 Disc Four1.Earl Coleman Speaks - This Is Always/Dark Shadows Part 11:31 2.This Is Always3:11 3.Dark Shadows4:03 4.Earl Coleman Speaks This Is Always/Dark Shadows Part 21:49 5.Roy Porter Speaks The Hi-De-Ho Club0:27 6.Dee Dee's Dance3:50 7.Roy Porter Speaks - Maggie Plays at Fast Tempos1:59 8.Earl Coleman Speaks - Maggie4:28 9.Milt Jackson Speaks - Meeting Maggie0:57 10.Introduction/Koko1:13 11.Hot House5:13 12.Fine and Dandy3:24 13.Introduction to Koko1:09 14.On the Sunny Side of the Street3:25 15.How Deep Is the Ocean3:01 16.Tiger Rag3:48 17.Theme: 52nd Street Theme0:49 18.Intro: 52nd Street Theme2:17 19.Donna Lee2:25 20.Theme: Koko6:21 

Press Quotes

"Bird in Time is an essential item for collectors of Parker's music" - Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide

"...a wonderful collection for Charlie Parker fans. The works themselves are great, and the supplemental interviews and reading only strengthen the music." - Henry Smith, All About Jazz

"...this four-disc album is a treasure that will live forever in the annals of jazz history." - John Gilbert, ejazznews

Musicians: Jay McShann / Dizzy Gillespie / Max Roach / Cootie Williams / Clyde Hart All-Stars / Earl Hines / Billy Eckstein and more!

Digital download Choice of WAVs or MP3s
Compact Disk 4 CD set with 100+ tracks including two 32-page booklets containing extensive liner notes and photos.
  • Product Code: ESP4050
  • Availability: In Stock
  • 4CD $39.98
  • WAV Download $18.99
  • MP3 Download $18.99

Add to Cart