To celebrate the centenary of Charlie Parker a CD Â release of Parkerâs âThe Savoy 10-Inch LP Collectionâ. The collection, spotlightsÂ Charlie Parkerâs ground breaking be-bop sessions for Savoy Records spanning 1944 to 1948. The tracks are already available on vinyl and digital formats.
The CD edition features 28 tracks from the four legendary Savoy 10-inch albums, presented with newly restored and re-mastered audio and a deluxe 20-page booklet containing vintage photos, rare ephemera and liner notes journalist and authorÂ Neil Tesser.
These historic recordings, Miles Davis,Â Dizzy Gillespie,Â John Lewis,Â Bud PowellÂ andÂ Max Roach.
When saxophonist Charlie Parker and his contemporaries introduced bebop in the 1940s, they were ushering in a bold new style that would influence modern music for decades to come.
Nowadays, as Neal Tesser argues i bebop was considered avant-garde. âBebop undergirds such a vast swath of American music that its revolutionary nature recedes into the background. It is now so familiar and comfortable, such an ever-present part of the family history, that non-historians can hardly envision it ever being ârevolutionary.ââ
However, when listeners heard this new sound for the first time, it was unlike anything they had experienced before. Though bebop evolved in the early part of the decadeâcultivated in New Yorkâs late-night jazz clubsâit didnât appear on record until the mid-1940s, following a two-year strike by the AFM (the US Musiciansâ Union), which banned commercial recordings for labels, due to royalty disputes.
The 28 tracks that make upÂ The Savoy 10-Inch LP CollectionÂ are some of the worldâs earliest bebop recordings, including takes from a November 1945 date that is often referred to as âThe Greatest Jazz Session Ever,â featuring Davis, Roach andÂ Curley RussellÂ appearing as âCharlie Parkerâs Reboppers.â
The tracks were compiled by Savoy and released over the next several years four LPs set:Â New Sounds In Modern Music, Volume 1Â (1950); New Sounds In Modern Music, Volume 2Â (1951);Â as well asÂ VolumesÂ 3Â andÂ 4Â (both released inÂ 1952).
Nearly all of the compositions heard in this collection are originals by Parker, with a few contributions by Miles Davis, and an original tune from guitaristÂ Tiny Grimesâwho led Parker in the session for âTinyâs Tempo.â Highlights include the upbeat âNowâs the Time,â the bluesy âParkerâs Moodâ and âConstellation,â which Tessler notes âseems to anticipate the free-jazz energy solos of the 1960s.â Also notable is âKo-Ko,â featuring an impressive improvisation from the saxophonist, as well as one of Birdâs most recognizable tunes, âBillieâs Bounceâ.Though multiple styles of bop would become mainstream by the end of the 1950s, these recordings mark the beginning of a new era and a radical shift in musical trends. It was a sound that, Tesser declares, was âat once liberating but also threatening. Charlie Parker and his fellow instigatorsâŠsparked a cultural earthquake that upended the music landscape for decades.â
Track Listing (CD version):
- Nowâs The Time
- Donna Lee
- Chasinâ The Bird
- Red Cross
- Warminâ Up A Riff
- Half Nelson
- Sipping At Bells
- Billie’s Bounce
- Another Hair-Do
- Thriving From A Riff
- Little Willie Leaps
- Bird Gets The Worm
- Parkerâs Mood
- Tinyâs Tempo
- Merry Go Round