Big Band (Charlie Parker album)

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Big Band
Charlie Parker Big Band Clef.jpeg
Studio album by Charlie Parker
Released 1954
Recorded July 5, 1950 at Reeves Sound Studios, New York City, January 22, and March 25, 1952 at First Avenue & East 44th Street, New York City[1]
Genre Jazz
Label Clef MG C-609[2]
Producer Norman Granz

Big Band is a 1954 album by Charlie Parker of sides recorded in 1950 and 1952.[3] In 1999 Big Band was reissued with bonus material and outtakes.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]

Stacia Proefrock reviewed the reissue of the album for Allmusic and wrote that these "Though Joe Lipman's arrangements are stellar, the musicians assembled for the sessions are an odd mix of Popular Music big-band players and improvisers. The album en todo also suffers from the Popular Music style of the songs themselves: solos are kept short, and songs limited to a three-minute length that was both radio-friendly and compatible with the 78-rpm format. But when Parker does solo, it is just as magical as any of his earlier recordings. The songs also have a sweet smoothness to them that makes them eminently enjoyable although jazz variety is lacking. This record is not perfect, but it still musters up moments of brilliance".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Temptation" (Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed) – 3:33
  2. "Autumn in New York" (Vernon Duke) – 3:31
  3. "Lover" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 3:08
  4. "Stella by Starlight" (Ned Washington, Victor Young) – 2:58
  5. "Dancing in the Dark" (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) – 3:16
  6. "Night and Day" (Cole Porter) – 2:52
  7. "I Can't Get Started" (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin, Thad Jones) – 3:10
  8. "What Is This Thing Called Love?" (Porter) – 2:39
  9. "Almost Like Being in Love" (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) – 2:38
  10. "Laura" (Johnny Mercer, David Raksin) – 3:09
  11. "In the Still of the Night" (Porter) – 3:28
  12. "Old Folks" (Dedette Lee Hill, Willard Robison) – 3:38
  13. "If I Love Again" (Jack Murray, Ben Oakland) – 2:38

Bonus Tracks; Issued on the 1999 Verve CD Reissue, Verve 5598352

  1. "In the Still of the Night" – 3:53
  2. "In the Still of the Night" – 3:31
  3. "In the Still of the Night" – 3:36
  4. "Old Folks" – 4:12
  5. "Old Folks" – 3:37
  6. "Old Folks" – 3:41
  7. "In the Still of the Night" – 1:27
  8. "In the Still of the Night" – 0:45
  9. "Old Folks" – 0:46
  10. "Old Folks" – 0:39
  11. "Old Folks" – 0:29

Personnel[edit]

Production
  • Norman Granzproducer
  • Cynthia Sesso – photo research
  • Herman Leonard – photography
  • Hollis King – art direction
  • Sherniece Smith – art producer
  • Sheryl Lutz-Brown – design
  • Bill Kirchner – liner notes
  • Tom Greenwood, Carlos Kase – production assistant
  • Bryan Koniarz – production coordination
  • Ben Young – research, restoration, supervisor

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charlie Parker Discography". jazzdisco.org. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Charlie Parker – Big Band". discogs.com. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Big Band at AllMusic