Thursday, May 23, 2013

Charlie Parker - Rockland Palace '52

There aren't many live recordings of Bird during his string-section period, which would usually feature his regular quintet as the rhythm section. Aside from the famous Carnegie Hall concert of 1950, much of what exists boasts atrocious sound quality. One of those was Parker's performance at a dance with both his quintet and a string section at New York City's Rockland Palace in 1952. With Walter Bishop on piano, Teddy Kotick on bass, Mundell Lowe on guitar (replacing the trumpet that would normally spell Bird on solos), and Max Roach on drums, the string section works the same charts as the studio versions, but Parker's solos are -- as always -- inventive and often differ from their better-known incarnations. For years, part of this show was documented on several vinyl LPs taken from an audience recording off a wobbly sounding wire recorder. This new issue boasts the major find of a second tape recorded that night by far more professional means. The second tape had superior sound, plus several performances that didn't exist on the earlier version. The new tape had one major drawback; it contained almost no solos by musicians other than Bird. So the restoration on this two-disc set is painstakingly pieced together from the two existing tapes. While certain edits are noticeable, this audio restoration not only gives a fuller picture of some of the music Parker played that evening, but in the best sound that can be expected until future audio miracles are invented. As an added bonus, one track (a blisteringly fast take of "Lester Leaps In") was synched up between both tapes, resulting in a kind of surround sound stereo that makes for interesting listening. An important chapter in Parker's musical history, now preserved in the best audio shape possible.
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Source :

Charlie Parker
The Complete Legendary
Rockland Palace Concert



Cd. 1

1 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)* (Bowman) 3:33
2 What Is This Thing Called Love ?* (Porter) 2:26
3 Stardust* (Carmichael, Parish) 4:10
4 Ornithology* (Harris, Parker) 3:12
5 Easy to Love* (Porter) 1:55
6 Just Friends* (Klenner, Lewis) 2:35
7 Dancing in the Dark* (Dietz, Schwartz) 3:47
8 Gold Rush* (aka Turnstile) (Mulligan) 4:18
9 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh) 2:42
10 April in Paris* (Duke, Harburg) 3:12
11 Repetition* [take 1] (Hefti) 2:54
12 Everything Happens to Me* (Adair, Dennis) 2:10
13 Sly Mongoose [take 1] (Parker) 3:43
14 Sly Mongoose [take 2] (Parker) 1:49
15 Rocker* [take 1] (Mulligan) 4:28
16 Laura* (Mercer, Raksin) 3:29
17 Lester Leaps In (Young) 4:58


Cd. 2

1 Out of Nowhere* (Green, Heyman) 3:08
2 I Didn't Know What Time It Was* (Hart, Rodgers) 2:59
3 Cool Blues (Parker) 2:43
4 Star Eyes (DePaul, Raye) 3:31
5 I'll Remember April* (DePaul, Johnston, Raye) 3:29
6 My Little Suede Shoes* (Parker) 3:23
7 Repetition* [take 2] (Hefti) 5:18
8 East of the Sun* (And West ofthe Moon) [take 2] (Bowman) 2:22
9 What Is This Thing Called Love ?* [take 2] (Porter) 2:58
10 Moose the Mooche (Parker) 7:20
11 Just Friends* [take 2] (Klenner, Lewis) 4:07
12 Easy to Love* [take 2] (Porter) 2:09
13 This Time the Dream's on Me (Arlen, Mercer) 5:43
14 Rocker* [take 2] (Mulligan) 2:05

Charlie Parker - as
Walter Bishop - p
Mundell Lowe - g
Teddy Kotick - b
Max Roach - dr
*Unknow String section & oboe

Recorded in Performance at the Rockland Palace, New York City ; September 26, 1952


OldHippieRick said...

Thanks Mel.. Love the line up on this one indeed

Webmaster said...

Awesome post, been looking for this concert!

The Jackal said...

Bird, Mundell Lowe : Live ? Can't wait....filling in all the gaps Merci beaucoup

Zape said...

Thank you Mel for this wonderfull post.

deGallo said...

Charlie Parker...terrific post. Very appreciated. Thank you.

mikeos said...

Looks great, but what's the password please?

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you Mel.

mitzidemarco1 said...

What's the password?

Beega said...

..thanks for this great recording!..kindly send the password, much appreciated & keep up the great work! Best from Florida

beega said...

..thanks for this great recording!..kindly send password, much appreciated & keep up the great work! Best from Florida

enrique heredia said...

Looks great, but what is the passport please?

outrage music said...

wow i'm looking forward to hearing this! thank you so much!

jazztap said...


xerxes gorgias said...

What's the password? Thanks!

X75a said...


Thanks for the Charlie Parker as always. Sounds like it could be interesting.

Melanchthon said...

busters said...

Great stuff!

Frasco said...

Merci encore!

fcapeau said...

Great post ! great musicians !! Enjoy, Enjoy ..... Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this rarity. But how time flies! All links are dead... Can you reupload this?