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Yardbird - The Savoy and Dial Recordings of Charlie Parker (1945 - 1948)

Russell Perry By

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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 Jospe—drummer, recording artist, educator and member of the performance faculty at the McIntire Department of Music.

Playlist

  • 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
  • Host Outro 55:50
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