Charlie Parker went on to play in Norman Granz's package concerts of Jazz at the Philharmonic. He appears on several of the records that were produced by Norman Granz and issued on both the Mercury and Clef labels.
Above some of the 10" LPs that came out in the early 1950s. The cover designs are made by David Stone Martin.
Norman Granz also produced a series of studio recordings called Jam Session. Charlie Parker appeared in a session in Hollywood in May 1952 with Ben Webster, Benny Carter and Johnny Hodges among others. This session was issued as Vol. 1 and 2 in the Jam Session series, on LP on both Mercury and Clef (Vol. 1 to the left - Mercury MG C-601).
The image to the right shows the cover of a 2LP box which was issued by the Norgran label in 1954 (MGN-3501/2). The music is recorded at Carnegie Hall in September 1950 and Charlie Parker performs with strings. Also Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins performed at this concert. Both covers above are made by David Stone Martin.
Charlie Parker toured in Sweden in November 1950. The music is documented on two LPs, both issued in Sweden around 1960. They are private recordings of Parker's tour in southern Sweden.
The first came on the very small Oktav label (OKTLP 164) and are recorded in Malmo. Parker plays with Swedish musicians on four tracks. On the other tracks Arne Domnerus plays the alto sax.
The second of the two LPs from Parker's tour in Sweden was privately recorded during a concert in Helsingborg. Parker played with a Swedish quintet with Rolf Ericson on trumpet.
This LP was issued by Sonet (SLP 27). The original pressing was released in 1000 numbered copies.
The famous concert at Massey Hall in Toronto was recorded by Charles Mingus in May, 1953. The Quintet who played was Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Max Roach and Mingus himself.
Mingus and Max Roach had started their own record label, Debut Records, and the first set of the concert was issued on this 10" LP (Debut DLP-2).
The second set of the Quintet concert at Massey Hall was issued as Vol. 3 of the 10" LPs from Debut (DLP-4). Vol. 2 was a trio set with Bud Powell.
In 1956 the Massey Hall Quintet concert was issued on a 12" LP (Debut DEB-124).
Note that Charlie Parker appeared on these Debut records as "Charlie Chan".
Charlie Parker made studio recordings with strings several times, the first in November 1949 for the Mercury label. They were issued on a 10" LP in early 1950s (Clef MGC-501 and Mercury MGC-501).
This 10" LP is the second with Charlie Parker and strings. It was recorded in July 1950 and issued in early 1950s on both Mercury and Clef (MGC-509).
Parker's recordings for Norman Granz actually stand somewhat in the shadow of the masterpieces on Savoy and Dial, but it was thanks to Granz and the recordings on Clef, that Parker's music reached a wider audience.
For Parker himself the recordings with strings was a sort of proof of artistic legitimacy, even if the sentences tend to be divided on the artistic content of this beloved music.
The cover is made by David Stone Martin.
In mid 1950s Charlie Parker's string recordings were collected on a Clef 12" LP (MGC-675). For that issue the company used the same cover design as for the first 10" LP above.
When the LP was reissued in 1957 on Verve, a new cover was used and with a new title: April in Paris. It came as Vol. 2 in Verve's series "The Genius of Charlie Parker" (MGV-8004). Cover photo by Herman Leonard.
This classic was recorded in 1950 with a quintet that also included Thelonious Monk on piano. The recordings were issued on a 10" LP by both Mercury and Clef (MGC-512). Cover art by David Stone Martin.
When the Parker-Gillespie quintet 10" LP (above) was reissued on Verve in 1957 on 12" LP it had a new cover design. It was issued as Vol. 4 in Verve's series "The Genius of Charlie Parker" (MGV-8006).
The original copy of the cover photo is also known for a young John Coltrane who appears next to Dizzy (here cut off).
Charlie Parker liked Latin music and made some recordings with Machitos Afro-Cuban Orchestra during 1948-1950. They were issued on two 10 "LP on Mercury and Clef in the early 1950s (MGC-505 and MGC-511).
The right cover is made by David Stone Martin, which also the cover to the left seems to be done. But this is not the case. The artist is Elizabeth Dauber and she made a number of covers on behalf of Martin. Her illustrations strongly reminiscent of Martin's style and where she not signed the covers, they easily can be taken to be made by David Stone Martin himself.
Parker continued in the early 1950s to record music with a Latin touch. Now, he did not use the Machitos orchestra but his own quartet or quintet added with Latin rhythm instrument. A 10" LP, titled "South of the Border" was issued in 1952 by both Clef and Mercury (MGC-513).
The cover was made by David Stone Martin. He says in an interview that it was "his own crazy idea" doing Bird
as a bullfighter who tries to tame the bull by the sound of a saxophone. He also points out that neither Norman Granz or Charlie Parker saw the cover before it was printed.
The music from "South of the Border" (the 10" LP above) were reissued in 1957 as Vol. 6 in Verve's LP series "The Genius of Charlie Parker". It was titled Fiesta (Verve MGV-8008).
Charlie Parker made some quartet sessions in 1952 and 1953. They were issued on this 10" LP on the Clef label (MGC-157).
David Stone Martin often used the term to see musicians on stage from a rear-view. This is a variation on that theme, glimpses of a scene as seen from backstage.
The quartet sessions on the Clef 10" LP above were reissued in 1957 as Vol. 3 in Verve's LP series "The Genius of Charlie Parker". The new title was "Now's The Time" (MGV-8005).
In 1951 Parker made some quintet recordings which were issued in 1954 on this 12" LP, titled The Magnificent Charlie Parker (Clef MGC-646).
It's one of David Stone Martin's craziest cover, and a favorite to many.
The Clef LP above was reissued on Verve in 1957 as ""Swedish Schnapps" and Vol. 8 in the series "The Genius of Charlie Parker" (MGV-8010).
The original cover on Clef was freaked out, but funny. What to say about the new cover with its picture of Stockholm City Hall?
It was not often Charlie Parker performed with big band, but in 1954 came a 12" LP on Clef (MGC-609). It's mainly recordings from 1952 with a big band led by Joe Lippman, who also wrote the arrangements.
The cover was made by David Stone Martin, once again using a bird as a symbol of Parker.
The reissue LP of the big band recordings came in 1957 and was titled "Night and Day" (Verve MGV-8003).
It was the first volume in the series "The Genius of Charlie Parker" that Verve released in 1957.
There was in all 8 volumes in Verve's 1957 LP series "The Genius of Charlie Parker". This is Vol. 7, titled Jazz Perennial (MGV-8009). It mainly contains material from EPs and 10" LPs.
Volume 5 in Verve's 1957 series "The Genius of Charlie Parker" was the Cole Porter LP (MGV-8007). It stands out as the only LP in the series which is an original first pressing of mainly previously unissued material. It was also his only concept album, even if the project was only partially realized.
Charlie Parker recorded four Cole Porter tracks in March 1954 and another two in December, leaving four more to be done. But before Parker could complete the LP, he died on March 12, 1955. The LP was issued with the six master takes plus three alternate takes.