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The Wildest Guitar - Mickey Baker
Tin Man - America
Ben Sidran on Australian TV, mid 80's "Girl Talk"
Ben Sidran, 1997 "Nardis"
Ben Sidran - Mitsubishi Boy
This shoot was from Ben Sidran's On the Live Side video disc performed at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, MN. Produced by Ben Sidran, directed by photographer & film maker Ethan Russell, with K-TWIN providing the technical staff & equipment for this video (including Larry Hutchinson "Hutch" as technical director). Ben Sidran (piano & vocals), Steve Miller (guitar & vocals), Ricky Peterson (synth), Billy Peterson (bass), Gordy Knudtson (drums) and Phil Woods (sax & not seen in this clip). On the Live Side was voted the best video disc of 1987 by JAZZIZ magazine readers.
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You might like this one!
Bernie Nerow Trio
The popular pianist Peter Nero made his debut on this Mode LP under his original name, Bernie Nerow, a session which has been reissued on the V.S.O.P. label. Strangely enough, the new release says nothing about Nero and Nerow being the same person. This is one of the pianist's better jazz dates, an exploration of seven standards and two of his originals including the rather cute "Scratch My Bach." Bassist Max Wayne and drummer Dick Stein help out Nero(w), and the results can be enjoyed by bop fans who would not normally think of buying Peter Nero records.
Release Date 1957
Review by Scott Yanow - Allmusic.com
Ben Sidran in Tokyo, August 2013 "King Of Harlem"
Delightful Doris Drew http://www.allmusic.com/album/delightful-doris-drew-mw0000646134
The Modern Jazz Stylings of Blue Canoe Records Volume 1
I've been listening to a lot of Shakey Graves lately.
Ray Charles - Black Coffee
Charlie Parker With Strings The Master Takes
Charlie Parker with Strings (Released on 10" as Mercury MG-35010, reissued as MCG-501 and then MCG-101)
1. Just Friends
2. Everything Happens To Me
3. April In Paris
5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
6. If I Should Lose You
Charlie Parker - alto saxophone; Mitch Miller - oboe; Bronislaw Gimpel, Max Hollander, Milton Lomask - violins; Frank Brieff - viola; Frank Miller - cello; Myor Rosen - harp; Stan Freeman - piano; Ray Brown - double bass; Buddy Rich - drums; Jimmy Carroll - arranger and conductor
Studio recordings of Nov. 30, 1949
Charlie Parker with Strings (Released on 10" as Mercury MGC-509, reissued as MGC-109. These records do not contain "Dancing in the Dark" and "Laura")
7. Dancing In The Dark
8. Out Of Nowhere
10. East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)
11. They Can't Take That Away From Me
12. Easy To Love
13. I'm In The Mood For Love
14. I'll Remember April
Parker - alto saxophone; Joseph Singer - french horn; Eddie Brown - oboe; Sam Caplan, Howard Kay, Harry Melnikoff, Sam Rand, Zelly Smirnoff - violins; Isadore Zir - viola; Maurice Brown - cello; Verley Mills - harp; Bernie Leighton - piano; Brown - double bass; Rich - drums; Joe Lipman - arranger and conductor; unknown xylophone and tuba
Studio recordings of July 1950
Artist Biography by Scott Yanow - Allmusic.com
One of a handful of musicians who can be said to have permanently changed jazz, Charlie Parker was arguably the greatest saxophonist of all time. He could play remarkably fast lines that, if slowed down to half speed, would reveal that every note made sense. "Bird," along with his contemporaries Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell, is considered a founder of bebop; in reality he was an intuitive player who simply was expressing himself. Rather than basing his improvisations closely on the melody as was done in swing, he was a master of chordal improvising, creating new melodies that were based on the structure of a song. In fact, Bird wrote several future standards (such as "Anthropology," "Ornithology," "Scrapple from the Apple," and "Ko Ko," along with such blues numbers as "Now's the Time" and "Parker's Mood") that "borrowed" and modernized the chord structures of older tunes. Parker's remarkable technique, fairly original sound, and ability to come up with harmonically advanced phrases that could be both logical and whimsical were highly influential. By 1950, it was impossible to play "modern jazz" with credibility without closely studying Charlie Parker.
Born in Kansas City, KS, Charlie Parker grew up in Kansas City, MO. He first played baritone horn before switching to alto. Parker was so enamored of the rich Kansas City music scene that he dropped out of school when he was 14, even though his musicianship at that point was questionable (with his ideas coming out faster than his fingers could play them). After a few humiliations at jam sessions, Bird worked hard woodshedding over one summer, building up his technique and mastery of the fundamentals. By 1937, when he first joined Jay McShann's Orchestra, he was already a long way toward becoming a major player.
Charlie Parker, who was early on influenced by Lester Young and the sound of Buster Smith, visited New York for the first time in 1939, working as a dishwasher at one point so he could hear Art Tatum play on a nightly basis. He made his recording debut with Jay McShann in 1940, creating remarkable solos with a small group from McShann's orchestra on "Oh, Lady Be Good" and "Honeysuckle Rose." When the McShann big band arrived in New York in 1941, Parker had short solos on a few of their studio blues records, and his broadcasts with the orchestra greatly impressed (and sometimes scared) other musicians who had never heard his ideas before. Parker, who had met and jammed with Dizzy Gillespie for the first time in 1940, had a short stint with Noble Sissle's band in 1942, played tenor with Earl Hines' sadly unrecorded bop band of 1943, and spent a few months in 1944 with Billy Eckstine's orchestra, leaving before that group made their first records. Gillespie was also in the Hines and Eckstine big bands, and the duo became a team starting in late 1944.
Although Charlie Parker recorded with Tiny Grimes' combo in 1944, it was his collaborations with Dizzy Gillespie in 1945 that startled the jazz world. To hear the two virtuosos play rapid unisons on such new songs as "Groovin' High," "Dizzy Atmosphere," "Shaw 'Nuff," "Salt Peanuts," and "Hot House," and then launch into fiery and unpredictable solos could be an upsetting experience for listeners much more familiar with Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman. Although the new music was evolutionary rather than revolutionary, the recording strike of 1943-1944 resulted in bebop arriving fully formed on records, seemingly out of nowhere.
Unfortunately, Charlie Parker was a heroin addict ever since he was a teenager, and some other musicians who idolized Bird foolishly took up drugs in the hope that it would elevate their playing to his level. When Gillespie and Parker (known as "Diz and Bird") traveled to Los Angeles and were met with a mixture of hostility and indifference (except by younger musicians who listened closely), they decided to return to New York. Impulsively, Parker cashed in his ticket, ended up staying in L.A., and, after some recordings and performances (including a classic version of "Oh, Lady Be Good" with Jazz at the Philharmonic), the lack of drugs (which he combated by drinking an excess of liquor) resulted in a mental breakdown and six months of confinement at the Camarillo State Hospital. Released in January 1947, Parker soon headed back to New York and engaged in some of the most rewarding playing of his career, leading a quintet that included Miles Davis, Duke Jordan, Tommy Potter, and Max Roach. Parker, who recorded simultaneously for the Savoy and Dial labels, was in peak form during the 1947-1951 period, visiting Europe in 1949 and 1950, and realizing a lifelong dream to record with strings starting in 1949 when he switched to Norman Granz's Verve label.
But Charlie Parker, due to his drug addiction and chance-taking personality, enjoyed playing with fire too much. In 1951, his cabaret license was revoked in New York (making it difficult for him to play in clubs) and he became increasingly unreliable. Although he could still play at his best when he was inspired (such as at the 1953 Massey Hall concert with Gillespie), Bird was heading downhill. In 1954, he twice attempted suicide before spending time in Bellevue. His health, shaken by a very full if brief life of excesses, gradually declined, and when he died in March 1955 at the age of 34, he could have passed for 64.
Charlie Parker, who was a legendary figure during his lifetime, has if anything grown in stature since his death. Virtually all of his studio recordings are available on CD along with a countless number of radio broadcasts and club appearances. Clint Eastwood put together a well-intentioned if simplified movie about aspects of his life (Bird). Parker's influence, after the rise of John Coltrane, has become more indirect than direct, but jazz would sound a great deal different if Charlie Parker had not existed. The phrase "Bird Lives" (which was scrawled as graffiti after his death) is still very true.
Great album Gary. Lots of Bird fans like to poo-poo this stuff and the strings have always made an easy target, but it's just solid Bird from start to finish. And it's another Norman Granz gem to boot. Pure musical genius.
Supposedly this was Charlie's favourite piece of music, Igor Stravinsky's Le sacre du Printemps
Bird With Strings is one of my favorite albums. He really started the merging of Classical Strings and Jazz and in my mind, though many have tried, no one has matched what he and the session musicians pulled off. Not only is is solid Bird from start to finish, he really fits in so well with the classical style that he studied so well on his own. It is as if he studied in a Classical conservatory and was coming out with a brand new style of Classical based music.
This is a classic album that is a must listen for lovers of music (not just Jazz or Classical music).
Laura - Charlie Parker with Strings, Birdland 1951
Charlie Parker - Charlie Parker Story
Graveyard-Hard Time Lovin'
Awesome band from Sweden with an excellent old school rock sound
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