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Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings (1944-1948)

Anyone without at least a casual knowledge of Charlie Parker’s Savoy and Dial recordings is probably not reading JazzTimes. They are the jazz equivalent of the New Testament, the founding texts of post-World War II jazz and the basis for everything-from Miles Davis to Ornette Coleman-that followed. And like the New Testament, they frequently surface in new editions.

So what justifies yet another one-this time a repackaging of a repackaging (the 2002 Savoy CD box)? Simply put, vinyl is hot, a surprising profit center for the struggling record industry. That’s all the reason the label needs to issue this 10-LP collection, or that audiophiles and completists need to buy it. For less diehard fans, there are pluses and minuses, especially for those who already own Savoy’s CD set (or one of the others).

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