Monday, May 22, 2017

Charlie Parker Quintet - Swedish Schnapps

Musicians like to observe that for all his notoriety as the wellspring of bebop, Charlie "Bird" Parker's music was loaded with the blues. Swedish Schnapps is as good a place as any to make that connection with Parker's music, including as it does two of his most enduring bop heads based on the blues, "Au Privave" and "Blues For Alice." While you wouldn't mistake either composition for a Muddy Waters tune, both relate Bird's off-kilter accents and serpentine melodicism at walking tempos that let you hear what's actually going by, instead of leaving you astonished but bemused. To really drive the point home, there's "K.C. Blues," which finds the altoist at his hollerin' best, and "Lover Man," certainly one of the bluesiest 32-bar standards around.

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Charlie Parker
Swedish Schnapps


1 Si Si (Parker)  2:38
2 Swedish Schnapps [take 3 - alt. take LP] (Shavers)  3:14
3 Swedish Schnapps [take 4 - master] (Shavers)  3:09
4 Back Home Blues [take 1 - alt. take LP] (Parker)  2:35
5 Back Home Blues [take 2 - master] (Parker)  2:46
6 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman)  3:21
7 Blues for Alice (Parker)  2:47
8 Au Privave [take 2 - alt. take LP] (Parker)  2:37
9 Au Privave [take 3 - master] (Parker)  2:42
10 She Rote [take 3 - alt. take LP] (Parker)  3:08
11 She Rote [take 5 - master] (Parker)  3:05
12 K.C. Blues (Parker)  3:24
13 Star Eyes (DePaul, Raye)  3:33
14 Segment-Tune X (Parker)  3:18
15 Diverse (Tune X) [alt. take] (Parker)  3:15
16 Passport-Tune Y [Rare] (Parker)  2:54
17 Passport-Tune Z [Common] (Parker)  2:58


[# 1-7]
Charlie Parker - as
Red Rodney - tp
John Lewis - p
Ray Brown - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Recorded at RCA Victor's 24th Street Studios, New York City ; August 8, 1951
[# 8-13]
Charlie Parker - as
Miles Davis - tp
Walter Bishop, Jr. - p
Teddy Kotick - b
Max Roach - dr
Recorded in New York City ; January 17, 1951
[# 14-17]
Charlie Parker - as
Kenny Dorham - tp
Al Haig - p
Tommy Potter - b
Max Roach - dr
Recorded in New York City ; May 5, 1949


deGallo said...

Thank you.

bho wani said...

thank you, mel.

Steffen said...

Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

Washington said...

Please, ¿what is the pass?

Washington said...

Reitero mi pregunta del 15 de mayo. ¿Cuál es el código o "pass" para descomprimir los archivos .rar?
Muchas gracias

Washington said...

No te imaginas cómo te lo agradezco.
Este álbum lo prepararé debidamente y se lo enviaré a uno de mis hijos -estudiante de saxo-, en España.
Muchas gracias, Mel.
Cordialmente, Washington

Melanchthon said...

Kovina Kris said...

Great post!

Fred Archtop said...

Much appreciated; Thanks Mel.