Last month, Bird got to briefly live again—or maybe his bones were just picked once more, you decide—when Verve released "Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes," a two-CD, 69 track compilation of mostly previously unheard Parker performances, false-starts (or as we'd call them anywhere other than jazz, "fuck ups"), and alternate takes. These compelling partial scraps recorded between 1949-1952 find Parker jumping all around with a latin jazz orchestra, gassing up a stodgy string ensemble, twisting big band into abecedarian bop, and musically conversating with Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. These are recordings that for the most part didn't work so they have a specific sort of energy—mostly moments where Parker takes his horn too far out there. It is, if you really think about it, a compilation of the times Parker fell down. After he totally beefs it on the intro to 'Bloomdido,' he says, "Excuse me, I misunderstood it myself, okay, do it again."