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Charlie Parker (Sax): The Genius of Charlie Parker, Vol. 3: Now's the Time

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Personnel includes: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Dizzy Gillespie, Red Rodney (trumpet); Walter Bishop, Al Haig, Bud Powell (piano); Charlie Mingus, Tommy Potter (bass); Roy Haynes, Max Roach (drums); Candido (congas).

Recorded between 1949 & 1953 in New York, New York.

Now's the Time captures Charlie Parker during one of his peak recording periods. The personnel of Hank Jones, Al Haig, Percy Heath, Teddy Kotick, and Max Roach all contribute immeasurably to this classic session. There are numerous outtakes, which offers a fascinating analysis of Parker's improvisations, as well as classics such as "Song Is You," "Laird Baird," "Kim," and "Now's the Time." What makes this session extra special is the excellent recording quality that too many of his early recordings, brilliant as they are, suffered from. Hearing the clarity of each player contributes to one of bebop's best sessions. This is essential music. ~ Robert Taylor


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