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Verve Releases Box of Bird

With Savoy emptying its vaults of Charlie Parker recordings, it was only a matter of time before Verve got in on the action. The long-awaited, four-hour long, three-disc box set chronicling watershed saxophonist Parker’s tenure with Verve Records, Charlie Parker: The Complete Verve Master Takes hits shelves next Tuesday, October 21.

The recorded performances included on the box set represent Parker’s studio output from 1947 until late 1954, only a few months before his March 1955 death. Much of the music was produced by Verve records founder Norman Granz and these three discs contain the master takes from every studio session Parker did for Granz, most notably those that yielded Charlie Parker With Strings.

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