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Emerging from the Jay McShann Orchestra in Kansas City and relentlessly curious about how to play the new music he heard in his head, Charlie Parker found sympathetic players in New York, especially Dizzy Gillespie. In November of 1945, Bird, as he was universally known, began to record with his own quintets and sextets in a legendary series of recordings for Dial in Hollywood and Savoy in Newark. By the end of 1948, when he began to record for Norman Granz and his Clef, Mercury and Verve labels, Bird's reputation was forever secure. We are joined in this hour by Robert Jospedrummer, recording artist, educator and member of the performance faculty at the McIntire Department of Music.
Host Intro 0:00
Charlie Parker's Reboppers. "Ko-Ko [False Start]" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 4:31
Charlie Parker's Reboppers. "Ko-Ko [Master Take]" from The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes (Atlantic) 5:10
Host speaks 8:04
Charlie Parker Septet. "Moose the Mooche" from The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes (Atlantic) 9:42
Charlie Parker Septet. "Yardbird Suite" from The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes (Atlantic) 12:43
Charlie Parker Septet. "Ornithology" from The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes (Atlantic) 15:36
Charlie Parker Septet. "A Night in Tunisia" from The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes (Atlantic) 18:36
Host speaks 21:40
Charlie Parker Quintet. "Embraceable You" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 22:56
Charlie Parker Quintet. "Quasimodo" from The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes (Atlantic) 26:36
Host speaks 29:32
Charlie Parker's All Stars. "Donna Lee" from The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes (Atlantic) 32:11
Charlie Parker's All Stars. "Chasin' the Bird" from The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes (Atlantic) 34:45
Host speaks 37:28
Charlie Parker Quintet. "Klact-Oveeseds-Tene" from Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 39:57
Charlie Parker Quintet. "Scrapple from the Apple" from The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes (Atlantic) 43:02
Host speaks 45:56
Original Charlie Parker Quintet with J.J. Johnson. "Crazeology (Little Benny)" from Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 49:04
Host speaks 52:02
Charlie Parker All Stars. "Parker's Mood" from Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 52:48
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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