CHARLIE PARKER — The Magnificent Charlie Parker (aka The Genius Of Charlie Parker #8: Swedish Schnapps)

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Album · 1955

Filed under Bop
By CHARLIE PARKER

Tracklist

A1 Au Private
A2 She Rote
A3 K.C. Blues
A4 Star Eyes
A5 In The Still Of The Night
A6 Old Folks
B1 Blues For Alice
B2 Si Si
B3 Swedish Schnapps
B4 Back Home Blues
B5 Lover Man
B6 Why Do I Love You

Line-up/Musicians

Alto Saxophone – Charlie Parker
Bass – Charlie Mingus , Ray Brown, Teddy Kotick
Bassoon – Mannie Thaler
Bongos – Joe Mangual
Clarinet – Hal McKusick
Congas [Conga Drum] – Ralph Miranda
Drums – Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Roy Haynes
Flute – Al Block
French Horn – Junior Collins
Oboe – Tommy Mace
Piano – John Lewis , Tony Aless, Walter Bishop
Trumpet – Miles Davis, Red Rodney

About this release

Clef Records ‎– MG C-646 (US)

Reissued in 1957 as "The Genius Of Charlie Parker #8: Swedish Schnapps"(Verve Records ‎– MGV-8010,US, bonus track)

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God bless Record Store Day, not only does it help support one of civilization’s finest institutions, ie your local record store, but it has also been encouraging labels to re-release classic vinyl albums that many of us thought would be forever unattainable. If you had told me a few years ago that I would soon be able to buy pristine copies of Charlie Parker LPs, I would have thought you plumb crazy, but then, here we are with another outstanding Record Store Day release in the form of “The Magnificent Charlie Parker”. This album was originally released in the mid-50s on the Clef album and it contains much of Clef’s Parker singles from 1951 when Bird was playing at his best. It’s a wonderful collection of singles all arranged in logical succession with no weird volume or sound quality leaps as you go track to track. Those who are familiar with some Parker CD collections will know what I mean by incongruent track succession.

Side one opens with four tracks that feature a young Miles on trumpet, as well as Max Roach on drums. Miles’ playing at that time was very clean and precise, revealing the influence of Clifford Brown, as well as Miles’ classical background. All of these tracks are great, with “She Rote” being the ultimate in bebop styled abstraction and modernity. The last two cuts on this side are exotica pop numbers with a vocal choir and small orchestra arrangement. by Gil Evans. Side two features Red Rodney on trumpet, possibly Parker’s most cohesive and inspiring sideman outside of Dizzy Gillespie. This group also features a young John Lewis on piano before he became known as a purveyor of 3rd stream chamber jazz.

Every track on here is excellent and its nice that the song choices lean away from show tunes and more towards bebop originals that really bring out the witty urban flavor of one of jazz’s most creative eras. I think there are only about 3000 copies of this available, so grab it while you can.

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