Thursday, January 12, 2017

Charlie Parker - Story on Dial

John Dankworth's observation that symphonies are the novels of music and jazz the journalism has more than a grain of usefulness to it — even though he came to revise it later, since it implied an aesthetic pecking order he hadn't intended. Pre-1950s jazz economics — particularly the composing of music for informal night-club settings and the running-time of the 78rpm record rather than the concert-hall recital — was the context in which this evolution took place.
But if much impromptu jazz has the unfinished and sometimes downright ragged quality of journalism, the best of it also has that genre's urgency, freshness, lack of pomposity, and passion.
The Kansas City alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, who was to post-second-world-war jazz what Louis Armstrong had been to its first wave, is as likely to be remembered today for his heroin habit and early death than for his exquisite and melodically stunning improvising. If that era's jazz is like journalism, Parker was its acutely observant war reporter, who kept coming back from the front of his own exploding world with new stories to tell.
The famous Dial sessions, made between 1946 and 1948 for a small West Coast label run by Parker's eventual biographer Ross Russell, catch Parker closer to the edge of that immediacy than anything else he recorded. Much of the material features Parker at his peak of his inventiveness — some of it is all too imperfectly human, but it's all evocatively expressive.
The famously tortured account of Loverman is here — Parker was barely able to stand when he recorded it, but the fragmented, sporadically explosive way he played on it is dramatically eloquent.
Parker's blues-playing, too, is astonishing, notably on Cool Blues (with a surprisingly apposite Errol Garner on piano). Relaxin' at Camarillo, a sweepingly confident and lyrically inventive piece (the title is an ironic reference to its creator's stay in the Camarillo mental hospital) is also a remarkable example of Parker's genius. As with Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives, jazz changed after these recordings — everybody wanted to sound like Bird, whether they were saxophonists, trumpeters, pianists or even composers.
John Fordham

Source :

Charlie Parker
Story on Dial
vol. 1 & 2


Cd. 1

West Coast

1 Diggin' Diz (Gillespie)  2:55
2 Moose the Moche (Parker)  3:05
3 Yardbird Suite (Parker)  2:41
4 Ornithology (Parker, Harris)  3:01
5 The Famous Alto Break [A Night in Tunisia] (Gillespie, Paprelli)  0:50
6 Night in Tunisia [aka "Interlude"] (Gillespie, Paparelli)  3:04
7 Max is Making Wax [aka "Chance It"] (Parker)  2:32
8 Loverman (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman)  3:21
9 The Gypsy (Reid)  3:04
10 Be-Bop (Gillespie)  2:55
11 This is Always (Coleman)  3:13
12 Dark Shadows (Coleman)  3:08
13 Bird's nest (Parker)  2:45
14 Hot Blues [Cool Blues] (Parker)  2:01
15 Cool Blues [Hot Blues] (Parker)  3:11
16 Relaxing at Camarillo (Parker)  3:08
17 Cheers (McGhee)  3:07
18 Carvin' the Bird (McGhee)  2:47
19 Stupendous (McGhee)  2:53


Cd. 2

East Coast

1 Dexterity (Parker)  3:02
2 Bongo Bop (Parker)  2:48
3 Dewey Square [aka "Prezology"] (Parker)  3:32
4 The Hymn [aka "Superman"] (Parker)  2:30
5 Bird of Paradise (Parker)  3:14
6 Embraceable You (Gershwin)  3:50
7 Bird Feathers (Parker)  2:54
8 Klact-oveeseds-tene (Parker)  3:08
9 Scrapple from the Apple (Parker)  2:42
10 My Old Flame (Johnson, Coslow)  3:17
11 Out of Nowhere (Green, Hayman)  4:06
12 Don't Blame Me (McHugh, Fields)  2:50
13 Drifting on a Reed (Parker)  2:54
14 Quasimado (Parker)  2:55
15 Charlie's Wig (Parker)  2:44
16 Bongo Beep (Parker)  3:00
17 Crazeology (Harris)  3:00
18 How Deep is the Ocean (Berlin)  3:24


[Cd. 1, # 1] Dizzy Gillespie Jazzmen
Dizzy Gillespie - tp
Charlie Parker - as
Lucky Thompson - ts
George Handy - p
Arvin Garrison - g
Ray Brown - b
Stan Levey - dr
Recorded at Electro Broadcast Studios, Hollywood ; February 5, 1946
[Cd. 1, # 2-6] Charlie Parker Septet
Miles Davis - tp
Charlie Parker - as
Lucky Thompson - ts
Dodo Marmarosa - p
Arvin Garrison - g
Vic McMillan - b
Roy Porter - dr
Recorded at C. P. MacGregor Studios, Hollywood ; March 28, 1946
[Cd. 1, # 7-9] Charlie Parker Quintet
Howard McGhee - tp
Charlie Parker - as
Jimmy Bunn - p
Bob Kesterson - b
Roy Porter - dr
Recorded same place as above ; July 29, 1946
[Cd. 1, # 10-14] Charlie Parker Quartet
Charlie Parker - as
Erroll Garner - p
George "Red" Callender - b
Harold "Doc" Wst - dr
Earl Coleman - vcl
Recorded same place as above ; February 19, 1947
[Cd. 1, # 15-18] Charlie Parker All Stars
Howard McGhee - tp
Charlie Parker - as
Wardell Gray - ts
Dodo Marmarosa - p
Barney Kessel - g
George "Red" Callender - b
Don Lamond - dr
Recorded same place as above ; February 26, 1947
[Cd. 2, # 1-6] Charlie Parker Quintet
Miles Davis - tp
Charlie Parker - as
Duke Jordan - p
Tommy Potter - b
Max Roach - dr
Recorded at WOR Studios, Broadway/38th., New York City ; October 28, 1947
[Cd. 2, # 7-12] Charlie Parker Quintet
Same as above
Recorded same place as above ; November 4, 1947
[Cd. 2, # 13-18] Charlie Parker Sextet
Same as above, except
J. J. Johnson - tb, is added
Recorded same place as above ; December 17, 1947


Melanchthon said...

Cd. 1
Cd. 2

hippocampe said...

A Million of thanks!
I'm very excited by the 20th century king of alto sax

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks Mel !

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thanks a lot Mel

deGallo said...

Thank you

Anonymous said...

Thanks MM!

Historicus said...

thanks a lot!!!

DW said...

Thank you!!!

Kovina Kris said...

Nice post Mel!