Friday, April 1, 2016

Charlie Parker - Boston 1952

Alert Charlie Parker fans were delighted when this 1996 CD came out for it includes two previously unreleased (and well-recorded) radio broadcasts featuring the masterful altoist. Parker is in fine form during his two appearances at Boston's Hi Hat. With Symphony Sid as the disc jockey (he gets Bird to say a few words here and there), Parker romps through his usual repertoire, finding something fresh to say on songs that he had already been playing at least five years. Seven selections feature him in 1952 with trumpeter Joe Gordon, pianist Dick Twardzik, bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Roy Haynes, while four others (three are repeated titles from the earlier date) are from 1954 with trumpeter Herbie Williams, pianist Rollins Griffith, bassist Jimmy Woode and drummer Marquis Foster completing the group. Although both trumpeters (particularly Gordon) sound fine, Charlie Parker easily steals the show. The extensive liner notes, which fully discuss all of the engagements that Bird had in Boston throughout his career, are an added plus.
Scott Yanow

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Charlie Parker
Boston 1952


1 Introduction  0:54
2 Ornithology (Harris, Parker)  4:19
3 Cool Blues (Parker)  5:26
4 Groovin' High (Gillespie)  5:38
5 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh)  9:07
6 Scrapple from the Apple (Parker)  6:01
7 Cheryl (Parker)  5:27
8 Jumpin' With Symphony Sid  2:21
9 Introduction  0:20
10 Ornithology (Harris, Parker)  6:47
11 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman)  9:36
12 Cool Blues (Parker)  7:02
13 Scrapple from the Apple (Parker)  4:44


[# 1-8]
Charlie Parker - as
Joe Gordon - tp
Dick Twardzik - p
Charlie Mingus - b
Roy Haynes - dr
Symphony Sid Torin - MC
Ken Malden - closing announcement
Recorded at the Hi Hat, Boston ; Sunday afternoon, December 4, 1952
[# 9-13]
Charlie Parker - as
Herbie Williams - tp
Rollins Griffith - p
Jimmy Woode - b
Marquis Foster - dr
Symphony Sid Torin - MC
Recorded same place as above ; Monday, January 18, 1954


Melanchthon said...

Historicus said...

Bird, imperat ... semper!

marcusr said...

Thank You very much!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi, marvellous album.
Thank you very much

Mike said...

Nice find! Thank you.

deGallo said...

Not a big Parker fan but this seems rather rare. Thank you.

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!
Another gem from the ONLY ONE!!!!!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You