Saturday, May 23, 2015

Charlie Parker - Retrospective (1940-1953)

In 2005, Saga Jazz released a 62-track anthology of Charlie Parker recordings under the title Retrospective 1940-1953. It's a good strong shot of vintage bop, but like so many compilations it suffers slightly from chronologic scrambling. That wouldn't even be worth mentioning were it not for the inclusion of a handful of Bird's early pre-bop recordings. The oldest material, which happens to be the earliest known recording of Charlie Parker, shows up on track 24; "Honeysuckle Rose/Body & Soul" was recorded in Kansas City, KS on May 11, 1940. Placing this chestnut more than one-third of the way into an almost chronological collection is incongruous and will not assist anyone who is trying to savor the man's artistic development over a stated span of thirteen years. That, after all, is what chronologies (and historic jazz collections) are for. The next-to-oldest recordings appear closer to where one would expect them to be — at the very beginning of the collection. "Swingmatism" and the "Hootie Blues" were recorded for the Decca label in Dallas, TX on April 30, 1941 by Jay McShann & His Orchestra. Something like a chronological progression does manage to materialize, more or less, and when Bird isn't leading his own groups he is heard sitting in with bands led by Red Norvo, Slim Gaillard, and Dizzy Gillespie. While it's very nice to know that these great recordings continue to circulate, it's a damned shame they didn't place the titles in chronological sequence, for Charlie Parker's progress occurred swiftly and very dramatically and there's nothing quite like hearing him evolve, session by session and note by note.
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Charlie Parker

Cd. 1


1 Swingmatism (McShann, Scott)  2:43
2 Hootie Blues (Brown, McShann, Parker)  2:58
3 Tiny's Tempo (Hart)  3:01
4 Groovin' High (Gillespie)  2:44
5 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein II, Kern)  2:50
6 Dizzy Atmosphere (Gillespie)  2:49
7 Salt Peanuts (Clarke, Gillespie)  3:18
8 Shaw 'Nuff (Gillespie, Parker)  3:04
9 Hot House (Dameron)  3:12
10 Hallelujah (Grey, Robin, Youmans)  4:02
11 Slam Slam Blues (Norvo)  4:34
12 Congo Blues (Norvo)  3:57
13 Billie's Bounce (Parker)  3:12
14 Ko Ko (Parker)  2:59
15 Slim's Jam (Gaillard)  3:19
16 Yardbird Suite (Parker)  2:57
17 Ornithology (Parker)  3:03
18 A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli)  3:07
19 The Famous Alto Break (Parker)  0:50
20 Cool Blues (Parker)  3:07
21 Bird's Nest (Parker)  2:47
22 Relaxin' at Camarillo (Parker)  3:04
23 Chasin' the Bird (Parker)  2:51
24 Honeysuckle Rose/Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Razaf, Sour, Waller)  3:45


Cd. 2


1 Donna Lee (Davis, Parker)  2:36
2 Milestones (Davis)  2:37
3 Little Willie Leaps (Davis)  2:51
4 The Hymn (Parker)  2:30
5 Scrapple from the Apple (Parker)  3:02
6 My Old Flame (Coslow, Johnston)  3:15
7 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh)  2:50
8 Bongo Beep (Parker)  3:08
9 How Deep Is the Ocean (Berlin)  3:33
10 Bird Gets the Worm (Parker)  2:42
11 Barbados (Parker)  2:29
12 Ah-Leu-Cha (Parker)  2:57
13 Parker's Mood (Parker)  3:05
14 Perhaps (Parker)  2:34
15 Marmaduke (Parker)  2:45
16 Visa (Parker)  3:03
17 April in Paris (Duke, Harburg)  3:09
18 Bloomdido (Parker)  3:27
19 Leap Frog (Parker)  2:33
20 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman)  3:12
21 Au Privave (Parker)  2:49
22 Star Eyes (DePaul, Raye)  3:37
23 My Little Suede Shoes (Parker)  3:07
24 Lover Man (Ramirez, Sherman)  3:24


Cd. 3

Broadcasts and Live

1 Ko Ko (Parker)  4:16
2 Hot House (Dameron)  4:31
3 On a Slow Boat to China (Loesser)  4:44
4 Confirmation (Parker)  3:40
5 Embraceable You ()  6:36
6 Cheryl (Parker)  5:06
7 Bird of Paradise (Parker)  6:13
8 Blue 'N' Boogie (Gillespie)  7:30
9 Anthropology (Gillespie, Bishop, Jr., Parker)  5:52
10 'Round Midnight (Monk, Williams)  3:21
11 Lester Leaps In (Young)  4:29
12 Cool Blues (Parker)  5:29
13 Salt Peanuts (Clarke, Gillespie)  7:45
14 Wee (Best, Gillespie)  6:48


Featuring J. J. Johnson, Miles Davis, Duke Jordan, Max Roach, Tommy Potter, John Lewis, Kenny Dorham, Al Haig, Carlos Vidal, Tommy Turk, Buddy Rich, Ray Brown, Stan Freeman, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Al McKibbon, Joe Harris, Howard McGhee, Wardell Gray, Dodo Marmarosa, Barney Kessel, Red Callender, Don Lamond,etc.

Recorded between probably May-November, 1940 & May 15, 1953

See the complete artwork


AmyBRAINS said...

Many, many thanks, Melanchthon from Rome.

Sergio González Valenzuela said...

Maravilloso! Muchas gracias!

jazzfriend said...

Please, reup melanchthon, thanks in advance.

Saludos desde Chile.

Ariel said...

Hi Melachton! Please also reup
SAGA reissues are absolutely beautiful. In fact, i own many Bird albums, and probably wont find anything new there. But those booklets! I have a SAGA Django 3cd anthology and it´s truly gorgeous...if could save just one album from a burning, that would be the one. So, I really salivate thinking in that etensive Saga booklet with all those images, scanned 78s, and everything else. Please reaupload will be TRULY appreciated
Sincerely yours from Argentina

Melanchthon said...

cd. 1
cd. 2
cd. 3

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

OldHippieRick said...

Thankx sweet comp indeed

Ariel said...

Melanchthon! Many thanks for this wonderful set! As I said earlier, the artwork of these Saga anthologies is absolutely gorgeous. The best i´ve ever seen in CD size (For LP Size, those Mosaic boxsets are unbeatable)

kristophermc28 said...

Many thanks Mel!

Washington said...

Gracias, muchas gracias nuevamente Mel.
Estos tres álbumes son una maravilla.