Now's The Time
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Now’s the Time compiles two of Charlie Parker’s rare quartet dates (he usually recorded in a quintet format). Both are spectacular sessions, full of intricate originals by Bird, complemented by two beautiful readings of the standards “The Song Is You” and “I Remember You”. A 1950 quartet date (save for one track on which Bird is joined by the great Coleman Hawkins) and a 1951 quintet session with Red Rodney on trumpet have been added as a bonus.
5 STARS ALLMUSIC GUIDE: “Now’s the Time captures Charlie Parker during one of his peak recording periods. 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)