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Charlie Parker (Sax)/Charlie Parker Quintet: Swedish Schnapps

Album Notes

Personnel: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Kenny Dorham, Miles Davis, Red Rodney (trumpet); Al Haig, John Lewis, Walter Bishop (piano); Ray Brown, Teddy Kotick, Tommy Potter (bass); Max Roach, Kenny Clarke (drums).

Producer: Norman Granz.

Reissue producer: Phil Schaap.

Recorded in New York, New York on May 5, 1949, January 17, 1951, and August 8, 1951. Includes original liner notes by Bill Simon and reissue liner notes by Phil Schaap.

Digitally remastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio, Phil Schaap, and Andrew Nicholas.

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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