Charlie Parker/James Carter Organ Trio
Virtuosi Get Down
Charlie Parker: In a Soulful Mood (Music Club '96)
Compiled by UK music journo Roy Carr, this budget take on Parker's Dial sessions is findable cheap used and has become a favorite of mine by the odd strategy of skipping his twistiest heads. Although the two-disc Legendary Dial Masters is now collector-priced, longer Dial collections designated 1 and 2 are buyable as separate items, and the first consists almost entirely of originals that include the omitted "Dexterity," "Bongo Bop," and "Dewey Square" although not "Scrapple From the Apple." Worth owning. But in keeping with a generic title the label employed for many lesser jazz comps, what happens here is different. Midway through, originals give way to standards that begin with an "All the Things You Are" that's as inspired as Parker ever got and damn right soulful. If he'd had the strength of mind, he could have broken pop as the king of the intelligent makeout instrumental without getting near a violin. A
James Carter Organ Trio: At the Crossroads (EmArcy)
This occasional unit's live 2005 Out of Nowhere was a honking session, beefing up the young world-champeen multisaxer with Hamiet Bluiett's bari master class and Blood Ulmer's harmolodic Son House shtick. The most luscious beef on this more contained studio job is provided by guest singer Miche Braden sinking her chops into Fluffy Hunter's playfully filthy "Walking Blues" and a lounge through Muddy Waters's "Ramblin' Blues." The lounge feel is shored up by sometime guitarist Bruce Edwards, who if he ain't Ulmer at least ain't Jim Hall. Gotta admit it's a relief, though, when sometime guitarist Brandon Ross disrupts the long Julius Hemphill-penned closer. Even the organist, who does his job manfully throughout and whose name is Gerard Gibbs, avants around on that one. B PLUS
Xgau - i'm searching for this one used in the usual places and the listings are confusing. Can you advise:
1. Single disc or a 2-CD set?
2. 18 tracks or 26 tracks?
3. UK-only or a US edition? I believe Music Club is UK.
4. What year - 1996 ? Are you not including the release years anymore? That was helpful in the past.
Did I miss two great top 10 jazz albums contenders on Tom's 60's list?
Erroll Garner: Concert by the sea
Kenny Clarke/Francy Bolland Big Band: Volcano
Me, I'm curious where on earth these "All the Things You Are" and "Hot Blues" recordings come from. I don't see them on any complete Dial recordings box sets. Are these live recordings Bob (or anyone else)?
Erroll Garner: Concert by the seaSorry, I think this one's 1955.
EDIT: I've found another Charlie Parker Dial Masters disc on MOG (Spotlife) [http://goo.gl/rWjau] with the parts 1 & 2 (referred to as worth owning by Xgau above), which has "Hot Blues" but not "All the Things You Are". Guess I will substitute from this one [reduces playlist time to 1:00:00].
By the way, if you want to give MOG a spin, http://goo.gl/ynt8B would net you the free trial as well as me a free month (otherwise $5).
[I'm neither functioning nor an adult, I fear -- as you can see by my avatar; but I do follow the blog as worst I can.]
Nice to see Bird getting some love, but I think I don't need this one. I already own the 2cd Legendary Dial Masters and the Rhino Yardbird Suite comp. There are 3 used copies of the Dial Masters for just under 20 bucks. I can't imagine many here slept on that A+ rating back in '96 though.
As for the Carter, I already have 6 of his other cd's that I don't play as often as I should. That B+ isn't enough to make me pull the trigger.
isn't enough to make me pull the trigger.
I'm one foot in the door, one foot out. Jazz vocals are not a favorite as a general rule, but Bob makes an interesting case. And "Hard Blues" may make it happen for me all by itself. Love that kind of stuff.
An all Duke Ellington day is lined up for me now while I think about it.
Ella Fitzgerald's Twelve Nights in Hollywood.Dan: anything recorded in the 1960s is eligible for the jazz poll. Doesn't matter when it was released, just when it was recorded. Go for it!
What I want is the Savoy sides on a convenient, well-packaged CD.Hey Joe, I think the other Joe (Y.) found one of these a month or more ago. Maybe he'll chime in? I have the 3 disc thing. It's nice.
Concerning "All the Things You Are," it's likely a live recording (or possibly home recording), but I really don't know--neither is listed on the discography between the sessions for "Stupendous" and "Bird of Paradise." If someone could post that information when they receive their CD, that would be super helpful. Unfortunately for us, I'm certain it's not the Gillespie recording also on Yardbird Suite since this Music Club compilation is chronological and "All the Things You Are" was recorded before "Moose the Mooche." Also, it wasn't recorded for Dial. The mystery lives on!
This means that Parker likely wrote a new melody over the chords of "AtTYA" and titled it "Bird of Paradise," which was common practice among bebop musicians (and musicians in general, actually, but bebop musicians get a term for it ;) Perhaps he (and his band?) wrote the new head in the studio while playing "AtTYA" (EDIT: In fact, the "All the Things You Are" take is take A, and the "Paradise" master take is take C.) I'd have to research more to find out, which unfortunately I probably won't do. I'll pass this task on to the next functioning adult with resources ;)
For one of my favorite demonstrations of a contrafact, check out Ella Fitzgerald scatting the head for "Ornithology" during the break of her "How High the Moon"--she does this on every recording I've heard, including the one on Ken Burns Jazz. "Ornithology" is written over the chords for "How High the Moon," and is therefore a contrafact.
Case closed. Next!
Bradley: I almost nearly just about followed that. H-h-h.
So just to be clear, are you saying that the 7:52 length "All The Things You Are" on the live Jazz At Massey Hall with Parker credited as Charlie Chan, is not the version referred to in the review?
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Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.
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