Saturday, May 14, 2016

Charlie Parker - Complete Savoy Live Performances ('47-'50)

This four-CD set contains a somewhat streamlined presentation of Parker's complete known live broadcasts from New York's Royal Roost, dating during 1948 and 1949, augmented with five of the live September 29, 1947, Carnegie Hall recordings and one lower-quality tape made in Chicago during 1950. The vitality of these performances still radiates off the tapes in whatever format they're reproduced 50-plus years later — the interaction between the bandmembers, which include Miles Davis (or Kenny Dorham) on trumpet and Max Roach at the drums, and Tadd Dameron or Al Haig at the ivories, is spellbinding. The difference between these performances and Parker's studio work of the period is that he was always "on" for the broadcasts, and had already achieved something of a peak that he still missed in his studio work of the era — those along with him rose to the occasion, as witnessed by Kenny Dorham's playing on Miles Davis' "Half Nelson" in December of 1947. On the other hand, nobody could touch Parker when he was at his peak on stage, which he ascends easily on a jam set to Irving Berlin's "White Christmas." In the Chicago material, [...] Parker is certainly audible, and hearing his improvisations on material like Rodgers & Hart's "There's a Small Hotel" is worth the price of the disc, even on what amounts to a good audience tape. The source material has been very carefully mastered, striking a good balance between clean playback and fidelity to the original performance, and the dozens of pages of notes represent virtually a separate, free-standing book on Parker during this period in his career."
Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

Source :

Charlie Parker
Complete Savoy Live Performances
(Sept. 29, 1947-Oct. 25, 1950)



[From the Royal Roost (part I)]

1 52nd Street Theme (Monk)  5:23
2 Koko (Parker)  2:32
3 Groovin' High (Gillespie)  5:02
4 Big Foot (Parker)  4:44
5 Ornithology (Parker, Harris)  5:44
6 Slow Boat To China (Loesser)  5:20
7 Hot House (Dameron)  4:25
8 Salt Peanuts (Gillespie, Clarke)  3:52
9 Chasin' the Bird (Parker)  4:25
10 Out of Nowhere (Heyman, Green)  3:20
11 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis)  2:58
12 Half Nelson (Davis)  4:45
13 White Christmas (Berlin)  5:10
14 Little Willie Leaps (Davis)  3:54
15 Jumpin' With Symphony Sid/Be-Bop (Young, Gillespie)  5:04
16 Slow Boat To China (Loesser)  4:30



[From the Royal Roost (part II)]

1 Ornithology (Parker, Gillespie)  4:52
2 Groovin' High (Gillespie)  5:36
3 East of the Sun (and West of the Moon) (Bowman)  4:38
4 Cheryl (Parker)  4:40
5 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis)  5:04
6 Scrapple From the Apple (Parker)  4:09
7 Be-Bop (Parker)  3:31
8 Hot House (Parker)  5:06
9 Oop Bop Sh' Bam (Fuller, Roberts, Gillespie)  5:05
10 Scrapple From the Apple (Parker)  4:39
11 Salt Peanuts (Parker)  4:09
12 Groovin' High (Gillespie)  3:44
13 Scrapple From the Apple (Parker)  3:29
14 Barbados (Parker)  3:51
15 Salt Peanuts (Parker)  3:42
16 Scrapple From the Apple (Parker)  4:53



[From the Royal Roost (part III)]

1 Barbados (Parker)  3:56
2 Be-Bop (Parker)  3:28
3 Groovin' High (Gillespie)  4:47
4 Confirmation (Parker)  3:34
5 Salt Peanuts (Parker)  3:55
6 Half-Nelson (Davis)  3:42
7 A Night In Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli)  4:53
8 Scrapple From the Apple (Parker)  4:59
9 Deedle (Lambert)  2:39
10 What's This ? (Lambert)  2:15
11 Cheryl (Parker)  3:49
12 Anthropology (Parker)  5:50
13 Hurry Home (Bernier, Emmerich, Meyer)  2:27
14 Deedle (Lambert)  2:06
15 Royal Roost Bop (Lambert)  2:12
16 Cheryl (Parker)  3:25
17 Slow Boat To China (Loesser)  4:41
18 Chasin' the Bird (Parker)  6:36


Cd. 4

[Chicago & Carnegie Hall, New York]

1 There's a Small Hotel (Hart, Rodgers)  10:14
2 These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) (Marvell, Strachey, Link)  2:06
3 Keen and Peachy (Rogers, Burns)  6:29
4 Hot House (Dameron)  9:06
5 Swivel Hips (Bird, Bass and Out) (McLin)  3:37
6 Goodbye (Jenkins)  3:13
7 A Night In Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli)  5:09
8 Dizzy Atmosphere (Gillespie)  4:05
9 Groovin' High (Gillespie)  5:13
10 Confirmation (Parker)  5:35
11 Koko (Parker)  4:10


Featuring Charlie Parker, Buddy Stewart, Dave Lambert, George Freeman, Claude McLin, Flip Phillips, Lucky Thompson, Charlie Ventura, Conte Candoli, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham, Miles Davis, Bennie Green, Chris Anderson , John Lewis, Al Haig, Tadd Dameron, Milt Jackson, Bruz Freeman, Joe Harris , Max Roach, Shelly Manne, Ed Shaughnessy...

Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (1947-1950) ; Chicago Club, New York, NY (1947-1950) ; Chicago, IL (1947-1950) ; Royal Roost (1947-1950) ; Royal Roost New York, NY (1947-1950).


L.O.L. said...

Thanks Mel=)

LaroSwing said...

Many thanks, had a lot of Parker, but not this one!

birin said...

Hola Melanchthon
Gracias por este otro fantastico post de Parker en vivo

estravagario said...

Gracias Melanchthon... Genial! No lo tenía :)

Angelo said...


Se acaso um Ícaro chamado Parker
que é um negro virado em pássaro
no ocaso ocre de um mundo pobre
lançasse fogo como um cometa
e do vazio fizesse um tudo
comesse o ar e cometesse
em expiração por metal torto
mortais pecados em letal sopro
e flutuasse acima do impossível...

Mas já não há nesta gaiola pássaro
que o brilho intenso consumiu fugazmente
dizem não haver mais impossível
e não há ar que os pássaros alimente
e não há fogo que se sustente em vácuo

Blue Eyes said...

Wow! terrific post! merci beaucoup Mel!

Bill said...

This is major Parker!
Thanks, Mel

Eric said...

Thank you very much

Pernath said...

We never have enough Charlie parker. Thanks Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Ананасий Непитин said...

really incredible. great, as always.
thank you, Mel...

Ariel said...

Many thanks for this melanchthon. I´ve a got a very good Parker collection which has gave and still does many moments of very pleasure listening...and I´ve made most of that collection thanks to your uploads. Very appreciatted

musician3 said...

AMAZING..............................THANK YOU FOR ALL

flyra said...

My deepest thanks and my sincere admiration for your blog and you personally!

Historicus said...

Great, thanks a lot!!!

francisco santos said...

huge share!...

abbaso said...

Thank you very much!

lucky5 said...

Much appreciated, Mel!!

AmyBRAINS said...

It's really a BIG, FANTASTIC post.
You are GREAT, Melanchthon.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Marvellous post, marvellous blog

pedda said...


Todd Earl Winkels Van Buskirk said...

Thank you VERY much!!

Kovina Kris said...

FYI - Expired files here. Thought you might want to know.