Saturday, May 6, 2017

Charlie Parker in Hi-Fi Recording

If you have the original 10" LP issue of this album with the '50s David Stone Martin cover art, hang on to it (it's worth anywhere from $240 to $400!), but also acquire this greatly expanded CD version in the Verve Master Edition series. In addition to the original eight selections, recorded in 1953 with Al Haig or Hank Jones (piano), Percy Heath or Teddy Kotick (bass), and Max Roach (drums), you get an awesome variety of other Parker quartet, quintet, and septet sessions, plus extensive outtakes and false starts (grouped at the end of the disc) from the 10" LP sessions. Bird was still in marvelously inventive form in 1953, hardly ever repeating the same idea twice, clearly inspired by the propulsive Roach groove. The spectacular Buddy Rich is the disruptive drummer on "Blues [Fast]," "Celebrity," and three other cuts, one of which ("Ballade") features Coleman Hawkins. "The Bird" (1947) is lifted from The Jazz Scene anthology, and the septet tracks from 1949 have a light Afro-Cuban flavor. All of this had been previously revealed on the ten-CD Complete Charlie Parker on Verve in similarly good sound, so completists needn't bother. The sharpies at Verve do correct one egregious error from the original collector's item ; the track perhaps understandably misidentified as Frank Loesser's "I Hear Music" on the LP is really Jerome Kern's "The Song Is You."
Richard S. Ginell

Source :

Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
[Verve Master Edition]


1 Now's the Time (Parker)  3:00
2 I Remember You (Mercer, Schertzinger)  3:03
3 Confirmation (Harris, Parker)  2:57
4 Chi-Chi (Parker)  3:02
5 The Song Is You (Hammerstein II, Kern)  2:58
6 Laird Baird (Parker)  2:45
7 Kim (Parker)  2:58
8 Cosmic Rays (Parker)  3:05
9 Star Eyes (DePaul, Raye)  3:28
10 Blues (Parker)  2:45
11 I'm in the Mood for Love (Fields, McHugh)  2:51
12 The Bird (Parker)  4:46
13 Celebrity (Parker)  1:33
14 Ballade (Hawkins, Parker)  2:56
15 Cardboard (Parker)  3:08
16 Visa (Parker)  2:58
17 Chi-Chi [alt. take] (Parker)  3:09
18 Chi-Chi [alt. take] (Parker)  2:42
19 Chi-Chi [alt. take] (Parker)  2:37
20 Kim [alt. take] (Parker)  2:58
21 Cosmic Rays [alt. take] (Parker)  3:16
22 Confirmation [false start] (Harris, Parker)  0:14
23 Confirmation [false start] (Harris, Parker)  0:09
24 Chi-Chi [false start] (Parker)  0:27
25 Chi-Chi [false start] (Parker)  0:17


[# 1-4, 17-19 & 22-25]
Charlie Parker - as
Al Haig - p
Percy Heath - b
Max Roach - dr
Recorded at Fulton Studio, New York City ; July 30, 1953
[# 5-8, 20 & 21]
Charlie Parker - as
Hank Jones - p
Teddy Kotick - b
Max Roach - dr
Recorded in New York City ; late December 1952 or early January 1953
[# 9-11]
Charlie Parker - as
Hank Jones - p
Ray Brown - b
Buddy Rich - dr
Recorded in New York City ; late March or early April 1950
[# 12]
Same as above, except
Shelly Manne - dr, replaces Rich
Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York City ; December 1947
[# 13 & 14]
Same as above, except
Buddy Rich - dr, replaces Manne
Coleman Hawkins - ts [# 14]
Recorded possibly at Gjon Mili Studio, New York City ; Fall 1950
[# 14 & 15]
Kenny Dorham - tp
Tommy Turk - tb
Al Haig - p
Tommy Potter - b
Max Roach - dr
Carlos Vidal - cng
Recorded in New York City ; probably February or March 1949


Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you very much

NYC Teen Central Writer's Club said...

thank you - this looks like a great collection have a lot of this I think but wonderful combination looking forward thanks

AmyBRAINS said...

Great post!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

iñak said...

Gracias thanks Mel!!

Roger said...


jazzcat1228 said...

I love all the Bird you have here. Outstanding music. Thank you, Mel.

Jephgo said...

CAn you re-up the links for this great album? Please??

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Historicus said...

Thanks a lot!!!

Jeronyme said...

Merci !