Charlie Parker's legendary 1945 sides for Savoy Jazz. An installment in Savoy's Timeless series, featuring 20-bit digital remasters from the original session master tapes!
Personnel includes: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet, piano); Miles Davis (trumpet); John Lewis, Bud Powell, Argonne Thornton (piano); Curly Russell, Tommy Potter (bass); Max Roach (drums).
Engineers include: Doug Hawkins, Harry Smith, Jim Syracusa.
Producer: Teddy Reig.
Reissue producer: Steve Backer.
Recorded at WOR, Harry Smith Studios, New York, New York; United Sound Studios, Detroit, Michigan between November 26, 1945 and September 24, 1948. Includes liner notes by Bill Milkowski.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This is part of Savoy Records "Timeless" series.
Alto saxophonist Charlie Parker was instrumental in tipping jazz over from the swing genre, which was predominantly a dance music, to bop, which aspired to art, an intellectual dance if you will, and this mid-'40s sea change began to alter the way audiences approached jazz, and pop music in general. The recordings included in this selection of Parker's classic Savoy sides were front and center in the change-over, and the first thing that hits is the frantic pace of most of these, although they are still ostensibly dance tracks, and the second thing that sticks out in tracks like "Donna Lee" is a re-establishment of the blues as a central thematic template. Bop would slow some as it evolved, and its links to dance would abate and all but vanish as things morphed into what became known as hard bop, but the blues connection would remain a ghostly constant. Sides like the gorgeous and edgy "Parker's Mood" prefigure the slower tempos and deliberate dissonance of hard bop a decade later. There are several different collections of Parker's Savoy period available, some of which are more inclusive than this one, but Timeless makes a nice and compact introduction to a brilliant musician during his finest period. ~ Steve Leggett