Saturday, March 25, 2017

Charlie Parker - South of the Border

Verve gathers together all of the master takes of Charlie Parker's recordings with the swinging band of Afro-Cuban jazz pioneer Machito, along with ten other Latinized numbers that he cut in 1951-1952. Besides illustrating the willingness of producer Norman Granz to experiment and take Parker out of a small-group bebop straitjacket, this CD shows that Bird's improvisational style changed hardly at all in a Latin setting. He continued to run off his patented lightning bop licks over the congas and bongos and they just happened to interlock with the grooves quite snugly, although he did adapt his phrasing of the tunes themselves to suit their rhythmic lines. Included here is the spectacular "No Noise" that he cut as a guest with Machito and tenorman Flip Phillips in 1948, as well as Chico O'Farrill's epic Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite (also with Machito). For those who do not have the ten-CD The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve — where all 14 selections can be found — this is an inexpensive way to hear Parker in a refreshingly different context very nearly at the top of his form.
Richard S. Ginell

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Charlie Parker
South of the Border


1 Mango Mangue (Sunshine, Valdes, Valdez)  2:54
2 Okiedoke (Hernández, Machito)  3:02
3 No Noise (Bartee)  5:52
4 My Little Suede Shoes (Parker)  3:04
5 Un Poquito de Tu Amor (Cugat, Freed, Unknown)  2:41
6 Why Do I Love You ? (Hammerstein II,  Kern)  3:06
7 Tico-Tico (Abreu, Abreu, Drake, Oliveira)  2:44
8 Fiesta (Brown, Serrat, Trad.)  2:49
9 La Cucaracha (Burgess, Trad.)  2:43
10 Mama Inez (Wolfe Gilbert, Grenet)  2:50
11 Estrellita (Picone, Venosa)  2:43
12 La Paloma (Trad., Yradier)  2:39
13 Begin the Beguine (Porter)  3:12
14 Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite (O'Farrill)  17:14
I. Introduction-Cancion. II. Mambo. III. Transition
IV. Introduction to 6/8. V. 6/8. VI. Transition and Jazz.
VII. Rhumba Abierta. VIII. Coda


[# 1-3]
Charlie Parker - as
Mario Bauza, Paquito Davilla, Bobby Woodlen - tp
Gene Johnson, Fred Skerritt - as
José Madera - ts
Leslie Johnakins - bs
René Hernandez - p
Roberto Rodriguez - b
José Mangual - bng
Luis Miranda - cng
Marchito - mrc
Ubaldo Nieto - tmb
Recorded in New York City ; December 20, 1948 [# 1 & 3] ; January 1949 [# 2]
[# 4-8]
Charlie Parker - as
Walter Bishop, Jr. - p
Teddy Kotick - b
José Mangual - bng
Luis Miranda - cng
Roy Haynes - dr
Recorded in New York City ; March 12, 1951
[# 9-13]
Same as above, except
Max Roach - dr, replaces Haynes
Benny Harris - tp
Recorded in New York City ; January 23, 1952
[# 14]
Charlie Parker - as
Mario Bauza - tp & cl
Paquito Davilla, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Al Stewart, Bobby Woodlen - tp
Unknown - tp
Gene Johnson, Fred Skerritt - as
José Madera, Flip Phillips, Sol Rabinowitz - ts
Leslie Johnakins - bs
René Hernandez - p
Marchito - mrc
José Mangual - bng
Luis Miranda, Chino Pozo - cng
Ubaldo Nieto - tmb
Buddy Rich - dr
Chico O'Farrill - arr. & cond.
Recorded in New York City ; December 21, 1950


Melanchthon said...

Angelo said...

Tico Tico ("Tico Tico no Fubá") was composed by José Gomes de Abreu (Zequinha de Abreu) in 1917. It's a "choro". "Choro" or "chorinho" is a kind of brazilian jazz, and is older than jazz (exists since midle of XIX century).

Tico tico played by a master of "choro" (Altamiro Carrilho):

Altamiro again, playing "Flor Amorosa", the first "choro", composed by Joaquim Callado:

Tico tico is a brazilian bird (!!!).

musician3 said...

Amazing..................Thank You

Anonymous said...

Melanchthon you are amazing !!!! a 1000 Thenks

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you

erasmus said...

big thanks to you, melanchthon, and thanks also to angelo for the info and link to the amazing version of "tico tico" by altamiro carrilho

Kovina Kris said...

Very interested to hear this. Thank you Mel!

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