Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Charlie Parker - Big Band

A reissue of the original 1952 Clef recording session, this is one of the few instances in Charlie Parker's later career where he played with something other than a small bebop group. Under contract at the time to Clef's Norman Granz, Parker was encouraged by the label to make recordings that took him out of his familiar settings and put him in with string arrangements, Latin rhythms, and larger band formats. This recording is the result of one of these experiments. Though Joe Lipman's arrangements are stellar, the musicians assembled for the sessions are an odd mix of pop-oriented big-band players and improvisers. The album also suffers from the pop orientation of the songs themselves : solos are kept short, and songs limited to a three-minute length that was both radio-friendly and compatible with the 78-rpm format. But when Parker does solo, it is just as magical as any of his earlier recordings. The songs also have a sweet smoothness to them that makes them eminently enjoyable. This record is not perfect, but it still musters up moments of brilliance. The reissue is even more fascinating than the original, containing 10 bonus tracks which are alternative takes of the top singles on the album.
Stacia Proefrock

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/big-band-r145059/review

Charlie Parker
Big Band

Tracks

1 Temptation (Brown, Freed)  3:33
2 Autumn in New York (Duke)  3:31
3 Lover (Hart, Rodgers)  3:08
4 Stella by Starlight (Washington, Young)  2:58
5 Dancing in the Dark (Dietz, Schwartz)  3:16
6 Night and Day (Porter)  2:52
7 I Can't Get Started (Duke, Gershwin)  3:10
8 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter)  2:39
9 Almost Like Being in Love (Lerner, Loewe)  2:38
10 Laura (Mercer, Raksin)  3:09
11 In the Still of the Night [master take] (Porter)  3:28
12 Old Folks [master take] (Hill, Robison)  3:38
13 If I Love Again (Murray, Oakland)  2:38
14 In the Still of the Night [alt. take] (Porter)  3:53
15 In the Still of the Night [alt. take] (Porter)  3:31
16 In the Still of the Night [alt. take] (Porter)  3:36
17 Old Folks [alt. take] (Hill, Robison)  4:12
18 Old Folks [alt. take] (Hill, Robison)  3:37
19 Old Folks [alt. take] (Hill, Robison)  3:41
20 In the Still of the Night [false start - breakdown] (Porter)  1:27
21 In the Still of the Night [false start] (Porter)  0:45
22 Old Folks [false start - breakdown] (Hill, Robison)  0:46
23 Old Folks [breakdown - inc. take] (Hill, Robison)  0:39
24 Old Folks [breakdown] (Hill, Robison)  0:29


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Personnel
Feat. Charlie Parker, Al Porcino, Lou McGarity, Danny Bank, Junior Collins, Al Block, Tommy Mace, Manny Thaler, Hal McKusick, Tony Aless, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, The Dave Lambert Singers, Annie Ross, Freddie Green, Gil Evans, Buddy Rich, Ray Brown, Bill Harris, Lou Stein, Art Ryerson, Bob Haggart, Don Lamond, Joe Lippman, Oscar Peterson, etc...

Recorded in New York City ; between July 5, 1950 & May 25, 1953

26 comments:

boro boy said...

This one looks fascinating, Mel.

OldHippieRick said...

Thanks again Mel ..this Gil Evans conducted and arranged LP is sure pleasure indeed...

kike said...

Thanks for Parker! Great recording.
Merci, Mel.

blbs said...

Very fine post!!!
Thank you very much, Mel!

_Bato Ribot said...

Thank for this great record... lossless!
Bato

Blue Eyes said...

Super post! (Gil Evans is one of my favorite arrangers) thank you Mel!

the doc said...

nice re-issue collection.

Zape said...

Thank you Mel! It's a great collection.

MrBill said...

I have a good bit of Parker but this big band album is one I didn't have. Thanks!

jazztap said...

merci

estravagario said...

Superb!!! Thank you very much Melanchthon. Thanks for sharing all these jewels!!!

rubberduck said...

Many thanks, Mel. Beautiful !

AmyBRAINS said...

Great!!
Many, many thanks.

Supersordido said...

Muchas gracias amigo!
gracias por compartir material que es imposible conseguir en tiendas y comercio!
se agradece vuestro gesto eternemente
abrazos desde chile, sudamerica, 3° mundo!!!

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many many thanks.....

jazzcat1228 said...

You have some outstanding Bird albums, Mel! I appreciate your selection and am always grateful that you are out here doing your thing. Thank you for this one and all the other great music you have shared.

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deGallo said...

Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Thank you so much Mel.

daniel genovese said...

Thank you

der bajazzo said...

Thank you, melanchthon.

Mikel Hal said...

Moltes Gracies

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much!!!

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

Steven said...

Beautiful music - thanks Me.