Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The genius of Bird and strings is hard to describe – an edgey aproach that really goes far past most other "jazz with strings" projects, not a ballad-driven one, but a tensely strained one that brings out some of Parker's best soloing, almost in a moody soundtrack-type way. The tracks are a lot freer and less bop-driven than some of Bird's normal work, and it's incredible to hear him soloing with such complexity — even more proof of the genius he clearly exhibited in relation to his contemporaries.

Source : https://www.dustygroove.com/item/48054

Charlie Parker
April in Paris
(Charlie Parker with Strings)


1 April in Paris (Duke, Harburg)  3:09
2 Summertime (Gershwin, Gershwin, Heyward)  2:49
3 If I Should Lose You (Rainger, Robin)  2:49
4 I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Hart, Rodgers)  3:15
5 Everything Happens to Me (Adair, Dennis)  3:19
6 Just Friends (Klenner, Lewis)  3:32
7 They Can't Take That Away from Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:21
8 You Came Along (Out of Nowhere) (Green, Heyman)  3:08
9 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) (Bowman)  3:41
10 Easy to Love (Porter)  3:31
11 I'm in the Mood for Love (Fields, McHugh)  3:35
12 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye)  3:06
13 Dancing in the Dark (Dietz, Schwartz)  3:13
14 Laura (Mercer, Raksin)  2:59
15 Autumn in New York (Duke)  3:31
16 Stella by Starlight (Washington, Young)  2:57


[# 1-6] Charlie Parker with Strings
Charlie Parker - as
Mitch Miller - ob [& possibly engl hrn]
Bronislaw Gimpel, Max Hollander, Milt Lomask - vl
Frank Brieff - vla
Frank Miller - cel
Myor Rosen - hrp
Stan Freeman - p
Ray Brown - b
Buddy Rich - dr
Recorded at Mercury Studios, New York City ; November 20, 1949
[# 7-14] Charlie Parker with Strings
Charlie Parker - as
Joseph Singer - fr hrn
Eddie Brown - ob
Sam Caplan - v
Howard Kay, Harry Melnikoff, Sam Rand, Zelly Smirnoff - vl
Isadore Zir - vla
Maurice Brown - cel
Verley Mills - hrp
Bernie Leighton - p
Ray Brown - b
Buddy Rich - dr
Recorded possibly at 2 different Studios, New York City ; late Summer 1950
[# 15-16] Charlie Parker with Strings
Charlie Parker - as
Al Porcino, Chris Griffin, Bernie Privin - tp
Will Bradley, Bill Harris - tb
Murray Williams, Toots Mondello - as
Hank Ross - ts
Stan Webb - bs
Artie Drelinger - reeds
Verley Mills - hrp
Lou Stein - p
Art Ryerson - g
Bob Haggert - b
Don Lamond - dr
[Unknowns Strings]
Recorded at Studio A, First Avenue & East 44th Street, New York City ; January 22 or 23, 1952


Melanchthon said...


deGallo said...

Wonderful! Thank you.

Jaffa said...

Timeless music which I know (almost) by heart: I envy those who have not heard this before !!!!!!!!!!

Andy said...

Thanks so much for this. Shamefully, I'd dismissed this one in the past, but now I see it's BEAUTIFUL.

musician3 said...


AmyBRAINS said...

YES, it's really wonderful!
Thank you, Melanchthon.

Blue Eyes said...

A masterpiece! (what a sublime version of Laura!) many thanks Melanchthon!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Gildo Mahones said...

Merci beaucoup, Melanchthon.
And I mean B E A U C O U P.
Oh, that Just Friends is simply beautiful.

Descargador said...

:) :) :)

Historicus said...

Please Mel, can you reupload this milestone?
Many thanks, indeed!