Sax Masters recordings w Strings

Info taken from and Wikipedia

Edition, adaptation and comments by Toni Basanta in Richmond, Vermont,  USA

When Charlie Parker persuaded Norman Granz to let him record an album with strings there were some, Granz included, who thought it was not one of the greatest ideas they had ever heard.

When the album was released there were some purists who cried ‘sacrilege’ and ‘sell-out.’

However,  the truth is this is a masterpiece. This is lush Jazz, it’s romantic and it is truly wonderful. “Birds” stays close to the nest,  but imbues every track with something very special.

PARKER’s Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. April In Paris (Side 1)
  2. Summertime (Side 1)
  3. If I Should Lose You (Side 1)
  4. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (Side 1)
  5. Everything Happens To Me (Side 1)
  6. Just Friends (Side 1)
  7. They Can’t Take That Away From Me (Side 2)
  8. East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon) (Side 2)
  9. Easy To Love (Side 2)
  10. Out Of Nowhere (Side 2)
  11. I’m In The Mood For Love (Side 2)
  12. I’ll Remember April (Side 2)

Charlie Parker

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Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker, Tommy Potter, Miles Davis, Max Roach (Gottlieb 06941).jpg

Parker with Tommy Potter, Max Roach and Miles Davis at Three Deuces, New York
Background information
Birth name Charles Parker, Jr.
Also known as Bird and Yardbird
Born August 29, 1920
Kansas City, Kansas, US
Died March 12, 1955   at  age 34
New York City, New York, US
Genres Jazz, bebop   AfroCuban  Jazz w Machito and The AfroCubans
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
Years active 1937–1955
Labels Savoy, Dial, Verve, Mercury; UK: Esquire, Vogue, EMI Columbia
Associated acts Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Miles Davis
Notable instruments
Buescher, Conn, King and Grafton alto saxophones

CharlesCharlieParker, Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955), also known as “Yardbird” and “Bird” was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.[1]

Parker was a highly influential Jazz soloist and a leading figure in the development of bebop,[2] a form of Jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique and advanced harmonies.

Parker was a blazingly fast virtuoso, and he introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas including rapid passing chords, new variants of altered chords, and chord substitutions. His tone ranged from clean and penetrating to sweet and somber.

He acquired the nickname “Yardbird” early in his career.[3] This and the shortened form “Bird” continued to be used for the rest of his life, inspiring the titles of a number of Parker compositions, such as “Yardbird Suite“, “Ornithology“, “Bird Gets the Worm“, and “Bird of Paradise”.

Parker was an icon for the hipster subculture and later the Beat Generation, personifying the Jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual rather than just an entertainer.[4]

My research is up to now discovering musicians who recorded w Strings  after Charlie Parker, who did it in the 1940s,  after convincing producer  Norman Grantz.
This is just the beginning, but  I have found albums led by Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Paquito D’Rivera, Stefano di Batista, Carlos Averhoff, Sr., Michael Brecker,  César López,  Charles McPherson,  David Sánchez,  Phil Woods and  Bud Shank.
Some of these recordings have been successfully presented in my radio shows in Cuba and  Vermont.
Stay tuned, and if you know someone else just let me know,
Toni Basanta

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