Personnel includes: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Joe Lippman, Gil Evans (conductor); Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Ben Webster, Flip Phillips (tenor saxophone); Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Junior Collins (French horn); Bill Harris, Lou McGarity (trombone); Edwin C. Brown (oboe); Sam Caplan, Howard Kay, Harry Meinikoff, Sam Rand, Zelly Smirnoff (violin); Isadore Zor (viola); Maurice Brown (cello); Verley Mills (harp); Bernie Leighton, Walter Bishop, Oscar Peterson (piano); Freddie Green, Barney Kessell (guitar); Charles Mingus, Ray Brown, Teddy Kotick (bass); Max Roach, Buddy Rich, Don Lamond, Roy Haynes, Art Taylor (drums); Jose Mangual (bongos); Luis Miranda (congas); Dave Lambert Singers.
Recorded between 1950 and 1954. Includes liner notes by Gary Giddins.
Digitally remastered by Dennis Drake and Andrew Nicholas (Polygram Tape Facility).
Bird takes Porter's songs and extends them to glorious heights. A fine reissue. ~ Ron Wynn