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Never-before-released recordings by Charlie Parker now available

For years, jazz fans have wondered about the missing spots on Charlie Parker’s discography. But one Bird mystery has been solved with Real Live Recordings’ collection Charlie Parker at Jirayr Zorthian’s Ranch, July 14th, 1952, a group of previously unreleased tracks performed by Bird over 50 years ago.

This collection features Bird playing at a party held by Jirayr Zorthian, a painter and sculptor known for wild, hedonistic celebrations frequented by intellectuals and artists. On July 14, 1952, while Parker attended one of these gatherings and performed with 21-year-old tenor saxophonist Don Wilkerson, 20-year-old alto saxophonist Frank Morgan and even Chet Baker, someone recorded the event.

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