Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Charlie Parker - Montreal (1953)

This CD compiles two separate live appearances by Charlie Parker, recorded a few days apart in Montreal, several months before the historic all-star concert at Toronto's Massey Hall in which the alto saxophonist took part. Rather than traveling with a band, Parker utilized local musicians, most of whom remain little known outside of Canada, aside from pianist Paul Bley, guitarist Dick Garcia, and bassist Hal Gaylor. Some of the tracks from the live set at Chez Parée are incomplete because Parker walked off-stage to shut off the recorder while his sidemen soloed. Some of the tracks from the television performance were in edited form, but fortunately one musician retained his unedited copy and complete versions were available for remastering, greatly improving the sound of the rhythm section. In spite of Parker's notorious unreliability from his drug addiction, he is great form on both gigs, and his voice is even heard a few times talking clearly to the audience to introduce songs. Tenor saxophonist Brew Moore also has a featured number ("Bernie's Tune") in place of Parker. It's refreshing to hear a live recording of Charlie Parker that consists of more than just his solos, and this laudable CD will be of great interest to his fans.
Ken Dryden

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Charlie Parker


1 Intro Chez Parée  0:52
2 Ornithology (Harris / Charlie Parker)  4:11
3 Cool Blues (Parker)  7:37
4 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye)  5:43
5 Moose the Mooche (Parker)  5:14
6 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:42
7 Now's the Time (Parker)  7:46
8 Intro TV Program  0:25
9 Cool Blues (Parker)  1:57
10 Bernie's Tune (Leiber, Miller, Stoller)  3:14
11 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh)  3:24
12 Wahoo (Drake, Lengsfelder, Tizol)  3:28
13 Closing  0:18


[# 1-4]
Charlie Parker - as [except # 4]
Dick Garcia - g
Valdo Williams - p
Hal Gaylor - b
Bill Graham - dr
Recorded Chez Parée, Stanley St., Montreal, Canada ; February 7, 1953
[# 5-7]
Charlie Parker - as
Dick Garcia - g
Steep Wade - p
Bob Rudd - b
Bobby Malloy - dr
Recorded same place & date as above
[# 8-12]
Charlie Parker [except # 10]
Brew Moore - ts [# 10 & 12]
Dick Garcia - g
Paul Bley - b
Neil Michaud - b
Ted Paskert -dr
Recorded at CBC Studios, Dorchester Blvd., Montreal, Canada ; February 5, 1953


Lou Vascek said...

Love Charlie Parker- thanks so much !

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!
Masterpiece and a good job for the booklet!!!!

Jazzman77 said...

Can't get enough of Charlie Parker. Thank you so much Melanchthon.

jazzcat1228 said...

Excellent! Thank you for this great share Mel! If you have more Bird, please post it. You just can't have enough of him, IMHO.

ProfessorCalculus said...


AmyBRAINS said...

A nice upgrade to me.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracias.

Zape said...

Wonderful post!!! I never knew that Dick Garcia has played with Bird. It's too bad that the guitar's volume is pretty quiet. In any case these transciptions are great thing. Thank you very much!

neil said...

New to me, mel; many thanks for the opportunity to hear it...

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Melanchthon said...

Billy Batts said...

Thanks so much for the New Links, MEL! What can you say? It's Bird! (see my avatar). Happy New Year!

Todd Earl Winkels Van Buskirk said...

Thanks so much for this!