Swedish Schnapps (album)

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Swedish Schnapps
Compilation album by Charlie Parker
Released 1958; 1991 (CD)
Recorded January 17 1951, August 8, 1951
Genre Jazz
Length 51:48
Label Verve Records
MG V-8010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[2]

Swedish Schnapps (The Genius of Charlie Parker, volume 8) (MG V-8010) is a Charlie Parker compilation album, released by Verve Records, compiling recordings made by two different groups, on two different dates in 1951.[3] The tracks had previously been released as 78rpm singles, and the master takes had previously appeared on the 1955 Clef Records LP The Magnificent Charlie Parker (MG C-646).[4][5]

The two sessions feature either Max Roach or Kenny Clarke on drums. The January 17 1951 session features Miles Davis on trumpet, who had made many recordings as part of Parker's band in 1946 and 1947. This recording session was the same day as Davis' own first recording session for his new label, Prestige Records, which he would complete later the same day.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Si Si" Charlie Parker 2:38
2. "Swedish Schnapps" Charlie Shavers 3:14
3. "Swedish Schnapps (Alternate Take)" Charlie Shavers 3:11
4. "Back Home Blues" Charlie Parker 2:36
5. "Back Home Blues (Alternate Take)" Charlie Parker 2:47
6. "Lover Man" Jimmy Davis, Roger "Ram" Ramirez, James Sherman 3:22
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Au Privave" Charlie Parker 2:39
8. "Au Privave (Alternate Take)" Charlie Parker 2:43
9. "She Rote" Charlie Parker 3:09
10. "She Rote (Alternate Take)" Charlie Parker 3:06
11. "K.C. Blues" Charlie Parker 3:24
12. "Star Eyes" Gene de Paul, Don Raye 3:35
13. "Blues for Alice" Charlie Parker 2:47


tracks 1-6, 13 August 8, 1951

tracks 7-12 January 17 1951[7]

References / Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 158. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ Swedish Schnapps, Discogs.com, accessed August 17, 2014
  4. ^ The Magnificent Charlie Parker, Discogs.com, accessed January 3, 2017
  5. ^ Charlie Parker discography, the Jazz Discography Project, accessed January 3, 2017
  6. ^ "Miles: the Autobiography", Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe, 1989, pg.142
  7. ^ January 17, 1951 Session Details, Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website, accessed May 21, 2014