Saturday, February 23, 2013

Young Charlie Parker (1940-1947)

The first two volumes of Young Bird, an outstanding multi-disc overview of the early career of alto saxophone genius Charlie "Bird" Parker, cover the war years 1940-44, when swing was the order of the day and big bands were at their peak. In fact, the earliest tracks here feature the unusual kick of hearing Parker's unmistakable tones--his musical voice seems to have sprung forth fully formed--in the middle of otherwise standard big band fare by Jay McShann and his Orchestra, including an assortment of big band standards. Most of the second disc covers tracks from Parker's earliest days as a leader, featuring several lineups of the Charlie Parker Trio. Parker is mostly exploring the blues here, but the Lester Young influence starts to take hold over the course of these tracks, and by the set's third version of "Body and Soul," Parker and cohorts are playing pure bop.

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Charlie Parker
Young Bird
Masters of Jazz 
Volumes 1-6 (1940-1947)

Cd. 1

1. Honeysuckle Rose (Waller, Razaf) /Body And Soul (Green, Heymann, Sour, Eyton) 3:42
2. Walkin' And Swingin' (Williams) 3:39
3. I've Found A New Baby (Williams, Palmer) 3:01
4. Body And Soul (Green, Heymann, Sour, Eyton) 2:53
5. Moten Swing (Moten) 2:50
6. Coquette (Lombardo, Green, Kahn) 3:11
7. Oh! Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:58
8. Wichita Blues (Parker, McShann) 3:11
9. Honeysuckle Rose (Waller, Razaf) 3:00
10. Swingmatism (Scott, McShann) 2:38
11. Hootie Blues (Parker, McShann) 2:55
12. Dexter Blues (McShann) 2:56
13. One Woman's Man (McShann, Tums) 3:04
14. St. Louis Mood (McShann) 4:11
15. I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles (Kellette, Kenbrovin) 3:59
16. Hootie Blues (Parker, McShann) 4:37
17. Swingmatism (Scott, McShann) 4:01
18. Cherokee (Noble) 2:49

Cd. 2

1. Lonely Boy Blues (McShann, Brown) 2:56
2. The Jumpin' Blues (Parker, McShann) 3:02
3. Sepian Bounce (Hall, McShann) 3:09
4. Cherokee (Noble) 3:12
5. My Heart Tells Me (Warren, Gordon) 3:20
6. I've Found A New Baby (Williams, Palmer) 3:32
7. Body And Soul (Green, Heymann, Sour, Eyton) 3:43
8. Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Pinkard, Casey) 7:34
9. Indiana (Hanley, McDonald) 1:38
10. Unknown Title (unknow) 0:54
11. Three Guesses (unknow) 4:15
12. Boogie Woogie ("Pine Top" Smith) 3:50
13. Yardin' With Yard (unknow) 4:15
14. Body And Soul (Green, Heymann, Sour, Eyton) 1:53
15. Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:42
16. China Boy (Boutelje, Winfree) 2:33
17. Avalon (Rose, Jolson) 3:09
18. You Talk A Little Trash (Williams) 2:43

Feat. Buddy Anderson, John Jackson, Bob Mabane, Gene Ramey, Gus Johnson, Oscar Pettiford, Bob Redcross, Benny Goodman, Bud Powell, etc...

Recorded between 1940 & 1944


Cd. 3


1 What's the Matter Now ? (Collins) 2:44
2 I Want Every Bit of It (Hart) 3:11
3 That's the Blues (Gillespie) 2:48
4 G.I. Blues (Hart) 2:33
5 4-F Blues (Hart) 2:21
6 Dream of You (Lunceford, Morales, Oliver) 2:50
7 Seventh Avenue (Higginbotham, Powell) 2:47
8 Sorta Kinda (Hart, Young) 2:58
9 Oh, Oh, My, My, Oh, Oh (Hart) 2:42
10 Lay Your Habits Down (Bernhardt) 2:22
11 Triflin' Woman Blues (Bernhardt) 3:18
12 So Good This Morning (Bernhardt) 2:09
13 Would You Do Me a Favor ? (Bernhardt) 3:08
14 Floogie Boo (Vinson, Williams) 3:41
15 Groovin' High (Gillespie) 2:38
16 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern) 2:43
17 Dizzy Atmosphere (Gillespie) 2:43
18 Salt Peanuts (Clarke, Gillespie) 3:10
19 Shaw 'Nuff (Brown, Fuller, Gillespie) 2:53
20 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman) 3:16
21 Hot House (Dameron) 3:06

Feat. Don Byas, Dizzy Gillespie, Specs Powell, Gene Ramey, Gus Johnson, Cootie Williams, Sam Taylor, Al Haig, Curly Russell, etc...

Recorded  from January 4, 1945 to May 11, 1945


Volume four of "Young Bird," the Masters of Jazz label's six-part chronological survey of Charlie Parker's first seven years as a recording artist, is a 20-track chronological sampler of his creative activity between May 25 and September 4, 1945. It opens with three gorgeous ballads sung by Sarah Vaughan (originally issued on Continental 78 rpm records) backed by the Dizzy Gillespie Sextet. "Sweet Georgia Brown" was performed by the Charlie Parker Sextet (with tenor saxophonist Don Byas, pianist Al Haig, bassist Curly Russell, and drummer Stan Levey) at Lincoln Square in New York City on May 30, 1945. "Blue 'n' Boogie" was performed by the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet (same rhythm section with Bird, Diz and vibraphonist Red Norvo) at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on June 5, 1945. The following day Bird and Diz participated in a Dial recording date at the WOR studios as members of Red Norvo's Selected Sextet, along with tenor saxophonist Flip Phillips, pianist Teddy Wilson, bassist Slam Stewart, and drummer Gordon "Specs" Powell. This session resulted in such excellent music that the inclusion of alternate takes (including no less than five renditions of the "Congo Blues") should be regarded as a delectable treat rather than an inconvenience. Apparently, in order to make room for the extra takes, the producers of this compilation omitted the Bird and Diz Town Hall concert of June 22, 1945, skipping instead to three sides cut for Apollo records on September 4, 1945 by pianist Sir Charles Thompson and His All Stars. This marvelous band teamed Bird with trumpeter Buck Clayton, tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, guitarist Danny Barker, bassist Jimmy Butts, and drummer J.C. Heard. Here then is what Charlie Parker sounded like when he was 24 going on 25 years of age. The opportunity to study what he and his fellow innovators were accomplishing at the crossroads of swing and bop makes this a particularly rewarding installment in the Masters of Jazz series.
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Cd. 4


1 What More Can a Woman Do ? (Barbour, Lee) 3:03
2 I'd Rather Have a Memory Than a Dream (Feather, Russell) 2:43
3 Mean to Me (Ahlert, Turk) 2:42
4 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Casey, Pinkard) 3:20
5 Blue 'N' Boogie (Gillespie, Paparelli) 3:08
6 Hallelujah ! (Grey, Robin, Youmans) 4:09
7 Hallelujah ! (Grey, Robin, Youmans) 4:10
8 Hallelujah ! (Grey, Robin, Youmans) 4:02
9 Get Happy (Arlen, Koehler) 4:00
10 Get Happy (Arlen, Koehler) 3:47
11 Slam Slam Blues (Norvo) 5:06
12 Slam Slam Blues (Norvo) 4:33
13 Congo Blues (Norvo) 1:07
14 Congo Blues (Norvo) 1:17
15 Congo Blues (Norvo) 4:00
16 Congo Blues (Norvo) 3:55
17 Congo Blues (Norvo) 3:58
18 Takin' Off (Thompson) 3:09
19 20th Century Blues (Thompson) 2:58
20 The Street Beat (Parker, Thompson) 2:31

Feat. Max Roach, Sarah Vaughan, Flip Phillips, Curly Russell, Al Haig, Stan Levey, Dizzy Gillespie, Red Norvo, Teddy Wilson, Dexter Gordon...

Recorded from May 25, 1945 to September 4, 1945


The Masters of Jazz label is dedicated to the presentation of historic recordings arranged either in exacting chronological sequence or carefully selected so as to avoid including material that has been reissued over and over again by other labels. Young Bird, Vol. 5: 1945-1946 deftly dishes out 19 recordings made between December 1945 and March 1946 without including any Dial or Jazz at the Philharmonic material. This makes for an exciting ride as Charlie Parker sits in on a series of blowing sessions beginning with a very pleasant Savoy date led by Slim Gaillard; the band includes Dizzy Gillespie, Jack McVea, Dodo Marmarosa, Bam Brown, and Zutty Singleton, and the listener is treated to second takes of "Dizzy's Boogie" and "Flat Foot Floogie." Bird is heard with several different bands under the nominal leadership of Dizzy Gillespie, including an AFRS Jubilee show at the NBC Studios in Hollywood and a WEAF radio broadcast from Billy Berg's Supper Club. Parker performs with his own Quintet at the Finale Club in L.A. and finally alongside fellow alto saxophonists Benny Carter and Willie Smith with the Nat King Cole Trio, which included on this occasion drummer Buddy Rich. Here then is a Charlie Parker collection that touches upon a whole series of historic performances, some of which have seldom been made available to the public.
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Cd. 5


1 Dizzy's Boogie [Master Take] (Gaillard) 3:11
2 Dizzy's Boogie [take] (Gaillard) 3:13
3 Flat Foot Floogie [Master Take] (Gaillard, Green, Stewart) 2:33
4 Flat Foot Floogie [take] (Gaillard, Green, Stewart) 2:48
5 Poppity Pop (Gaillard, Stewart) 3:00
6 Slim's Jam (Gaillard, Stewart) 3:17
7 Dizzy Atmosphere (Gillespie) 4:49
8 A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli) 5:43
9 Shaw 'Nuff (Brown, Fuller, Gillespie) 4:49
10 Groovin' High (Gillespie) 6:34
11 Salt Peanuts (Clarke, Gillespie) 2:06
12 Lover, Come Back to Me [Incomplete Take] (Hammerstein, Romberg) 3:30
13 Anthropology (Gillespie, Parker) 2:50
14 Billie's Bounce (Parker) 3:45
15 Blue 'n' Boogie (Gillespie, Paparelli) 5:10
16 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern) 5:17
17 Ornithology [Incomplete Take] (Harris, Parker) 5:05
18 Cherokee (Noble) 3:05
19 Ornithology [Incomplete Take] (Harris, Parker ) 3:12

Feat. Dizzy Gillespie, Dodo Marmarosa, Al Haig, Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, Stan Levey, Ernie Whitman, Red Callender, Miles Davis, Lucky Thomspson, Bennie Carter, Nat King Cole, etc...

Recorded from December 29, 1945 to March/April, 1946


These pivotal bop sessions feature Bird with two versions of Barry Ulanov-organized all-star bands and the classic Parker/Gillespie quintet. All of the tracks express the advancement of the harmonic jazz evolution, and therefore are essential listening, even if the production values are a bit thin. But most precious are contributions from the unsung heroes of the movement — clarinetist John LaPorta, pianist Lennie Tristano, and especially the wonderful tenor saxophonist Allen Eager. Recommended, especially to novices.
Michael G. Nastos

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 Cd. 6


1 Koko (Parker) 1:17
2 Hot House (Dameron) 5:27
3 Fine and Dandy (James, Swift) 3:32
4 Koko (Parker) 1:11
5 On the Sunny Side of the Street/52nd Street Theme (Fields, McHugh, Monk) 3:33
6 Tiger Rag/Dizzy Atmosphere (DaCosta, Edwards, Gillespie). 4:02
7 How Deep Is the Ocean ? (Berlin) 3:12
8 52nd Street Theme (Monk) :51
9 A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli) 5:13
10 Dizzy Atmosphere (Gillespie) 4:05
11 Groovin' High (Gillespie) 5:17
12 Confirmation (Harris, Parker) 5:40
13 Koko (Parker) 4:18
14 52nd Street Theme) (Monk) 1:51
15 Donna Lee (Parker) 2:49
16 Koko/Anthropology (Gillespie, Parker) 6:20

Feat. Dizzy Gillespie, John LaPorta, Lennie Tristano, Billy Bauer, Ray Brown, Max Roach, Tommy Potter, Buddy Rich, etc...

Recorded between September 13, & November 8, 1947

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Morris said...

SPECTACULAR! These Masters of Jazz CDs are so important to get a good sense for the early development of important jazz artists. And is there any artist more important to modern jazz than Charlie Parker?

Melanchthon said...


umba said...

I´ve discovered this post 2 days ago... I have the first two vol., I´m totally happy to complete this early Bird period. In fact is very important to me study his evolution from Jay McShann band to Dial recordings...

So as Morris said 3 months ago, SPECTACULAR!!!

BlueToothBill said...

Thanks in advance Mel, haven't got em all yet. I love early Bird!

Andrey said...

Thank you very very much

LaroSwing said...

UN grand merci pour tous ces trésors!

birin said...

Hola Melanchthon
Te agradezco muchisimo por este monumental, emocionante, infaltable y instructivo post.
Grazie mille!!!

Melanchthon said...

rog said...

Mel ! Are you insured for the cardiac tunes you're laying on us ? In the middle of "Slim's Jam" and the following..its flat MIND BLOWING, but hey, you already knew this... THANKS !

Quibus said...

pw, please? it's impossible to get the pw via the radipshare link, i've been trying for days.

blissedout said...

The Worm gets the Early Bird!


reservatory said...

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Frasco said...

Thanks once, twice....6 times

rowland said...

As everyone says, Fantastic!
Thank you.

jonnipoika said...

can you please re-upload young bird

freedomcat said...

I'm also requesting a reupload please. There is a session in here that will complete my Bird collection. Help out a fellow bopper please! :)

Andrey said...

Could you please re-up?