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Rétrospective 1940-1953

Charlie Parker

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In 2005, Saga Jazz released a 62-track anthology of Charlie Parker recordings under the title Retrospective 1940-1953. It's a good strong shot of vintage bop, but like so many compilations it suffers slightly from chronologic scrambling. That wouldn't even be worth mentioning were it not for the inclusion of a handful of Bird's early pre-bop recordings. The oldest material, which happens to be the earliest known recording of Charlie Parker, shows up on track 24; "Honeysuckle Rose/Body & Soul" was recorded in Kansas City, KS on May 11, 1940. Placing this chestnut more than one-third of the way into an almost chronological collection is incongruous and will not assist anyone who is trying to savor the man's artistic development over a stated span of thirteen years. That, after all, is what chronologies (and historic jazz collections) are for. The next-to-oldest recordings appear closer to where one would expect them to be -- at the very beginning of the collection. "Swingmatism" and the "Hootie Blues" were recorded for the Decca label in Dallas, TX on April 30, 1941 by Jay McShann & His Orchestra. Something like a chronological progression does manage to materialize, more or less, and when Bird isn't leading his own groups he is heard sitting in with bands led by Red Norvo, Slim Gaillard, and Dizzy Gillespie. While it's very nice to know that these great recordings continue to circulate, it's a damned shame they didn't place the titles in chronological sequence, for Charlie Parker's progress occurred swiftly and very dramatically and there's nothing quite like hearing him evolve, session by session and note by note.
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Charlie Parker

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1
Swingmatism
Charlie Parker
00:02:43

Charlie Parker, MainArtist - JAY MCSHANN, Composer - William J. Scott, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

2
Hootie Blues
Charlie Parker
00:02:58

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist - JAY MCSHANN, Composer - Walter Brown, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

3
Tiny's Tempo
Charlie Parker
00:03:01

Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Clyde Hart, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

4
Groovin' High
Charlie Parker
00:02:44

Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Dizzy Gillespie, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

5
All the Things You Are
Charlie Parker
00:02:50

Jerome Kern, Composer - Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Oscar Hammerstein II , Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

6
Dizzy Atmosphere
Charlie Parker
00:02:49

Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Dizzy Gillespie, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

7
Salt Peanuts
Charlie Parker
00:03:18

Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Dizzy Gillespie, Composer - Kenny Clarke, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

8
Shaw' Nuff
Charlie Parker
00:03:04

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist - Dizzy Gillespie, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

9
Hot House
Charlie Parker
00:03:12

Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Tadd Dameron, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

10
Hallelujah
Charlie Parker
00:04:02

Vincent Youmans, Composer - Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Leo Robin, Composer - Clifford Grey, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

11
Slam Slam Blues
Charlie Parker
00:04:34

Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Red Norvo, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

12
Congo Blues
Charlie Parker
00:03:57

Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Red Norvo, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

13
Billie's Bounce
Charlie Parker
00:03:12

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

14
Ko Ko
Charlie Parker
00:02:59

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

15
Slim's Jam
Charlie Parker
00:03:19

Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Slim Gaillard, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

16
Yardbird Suite
Charlie Parker
00:02:57

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

17
Ornithology
Charlie Parker
00:03:03

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist - Benny Harris, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

18
A Night in Tunisia
Charlie Parker
00:03:07

Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Dizzy Gillespie, Composer - FRANK PAPARELLI, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

19
The Famous Alto Break
Charlie Parker
00:00:50

Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Dizzy Gillespie, Composer - FRANK PAPARELLI, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

20
Cool Blues
Charlie Parker Quartet
00:03:07

Charlie Parker, Composer - Charlie Parker Quartet, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

21
Bird's Nest
Charlie Parker Quartet
00:02:47

Charlie Parker, Composer - Charlie Parker Quartet, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

22
Relaxin' at Camarillo
Charlie Parker
00:03:04

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

23
Chasin' the Bird
Charlie Parker
00:02:51

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

24
Honeysuckle Rose / Body and Soul
Charlie Parker
00:03:45

Edward Heyman, Composer - Frank Eyton, Composer - John Green, Composer - Robert Sour, Composer - Charlie Parker, MainArtist - F Waller, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

DISC 2

1
Donna Lee
Charlie Parker
00:02:36

Miles Davis, Composer - Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

2
Milestones
Charlie Parker
00:02:37

Miles Davis, Composer - Charlie Parker, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

3
Little Willie Leaps
Charlie Parker
00:02:51

Miles Davis, Composer - Charlie Parker, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

4
The Hymn
Charlie Parker
00:02:30

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

5
Scrapple from the Apple
Charlie Parker
00:03:02

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

6
My Old Flame
Charlie Parker
00:03:15

Arthur Johnston, Composer - Sam Coslow, Composer - Charlie Parker, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

7
Don't Blame Me
Charlie Parker
00:02:50

Dorothy Fields, Composer - Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Jimmy McHugh, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

8
Bongo Beep
Charlie Parker
00:03:08

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

9
How Deep Is the Ocean?
Charlie Parker
00:03:33

Irving Berlin, Composer - Charlie Parker, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

10
Bird Gets the Worm
Charlie Parker
00:02:42

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

11
Barbados
Charlie Parker
00:02:29

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

12
Ah-Leu-Cha
Charlie Parker
00:02:57

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

13
Parker's Mood
Charlie Parker
00:03:05

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

14
Perhaps
Charlie Parker
00:02:34

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

15
Marmaduke
Charlie Parker
00:02:45

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

16
Visa
Charlie Parker
00:03:03

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

17
April in Paris
Charlie Parker
00:03:09

Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Edgar "Yip" Harburg, Composer - Vernon Duke, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

18
Bloomdido
Charlie Parker
00:03:27

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

19
Leap Frog
Charlie Parker
00:02:33

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

20
Out of Nowhere
Charlie Parker
00:03:12

Edward Heyman, Composer - John Green, Composer - Charlie Parker, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

21
Au Privave
Charlie Parker
00:02:49

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

22
Star Eyes
Charlie Parker
00:03:37

GENE PAUL, Composer - Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Don Raye, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

23
My Little Suede Shoes
Charlie Parker
00:03:07

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

24
Lover Man
Charlie Parker
00:03:24

Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Jimmie Davis, Composer - Jimmy Sherman, Composer - Roger J. "Ram" Ramirez, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

DISC 3

1
Ko Ko (Live 29 September 1947)
Charlie Parker
00:04:16

Charlie Parker, Composer, MainArtist

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

2
Hot House (Live 12 December 1948)
Charlie Parker
00:04:31

Charlie Parker, MainArtist - Tadd Dameron, Composer

2005 Saga Sarl 2005 Saga Sarl

Album Description

In 2005, Saga Jazz released a 62-track anthology of Charlie Parker recordings under the title Retrospective 1940-1953. It's a good strong shot of vintage bop, but like so many compilations it suffers slightly from chronologic scrambling. That wouldn't even be worth mentioning were it not for the inclusion of a handful of Bird's early pre-bop recordings. The oldest material, which happens to be the earliest known recording of Charlie Parker, shows up on track 24; "Honeysuckle Rose/Body & Soul" was recorded in Kansas City, KS on May 11, 1940. Placing this chestnut more than one-third of the way into an almost chronological collection is incongruous and will not assist anyone who is trying to savor the man's artistic development over a stated span of thirteen years. That, after all, is what chronologies (and historic jazz collections) are for. The next-to-oldest recordings appear closer to where one would expect them to be -- at the very beginning of the collection. "Swingmatism" and the "Hootie Blues" were recorded for the Decca label in Dallas, TX on April 30, 1941 by Jay McShann & His Orchestra. Something like a chronological progression does manage to materialize, more or less, and when Bird isn't leading his own groups he is heard sitting in with bands led by Red Norvo, Slim Gaillard, and Dizzy Gillespie. While it's very nice to know that these great recordings continue to circulate, it's a damned shame they didn't place the titles in chronological sequence, for Charlie Parker's progress occurred swiftly and very dramatically and there's nothing quite like hearing him evolve, session by session and note by note.
© arwulf arwulf /TiVo

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