Charlie Parker’s reputation wasn’t made by a record label’s hype machine. Bird won respect the old fashioned way: he earned it from his fellow musicians, who spread the word after hearing him live and up-close at jam sessions and on gigs. Liveology (Everest) gives us an idea of what got them so worked up. Culled from tapes recorded in New York City at the Royal Roost, Birdland and Rockland Palace from 1948 to 1952, these 15 remastered and reissued cuts are generally more go-for-broke than even the best of Bird’s studio material.
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