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Blue coloured vinyl. 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. 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.