Charlie Parker - Scrapple From the Apple From Bird At The Royal Roost (1949, Savoy ZDS 4413)
A great version of Scrapple From the Apple! The theme is fun and after it there’s an incredible solo by Bird waiting for us who’ll take us on a flight in unseen tempos. Sad the only version of this exact take that was made on January 15 1949 for the Savoy label in New York’s famous Royal Roost is in poor state sound-wise. Still… I totally dig it.
Charlie Parker, as
Kenny Dorham, tr
Al Haig, piano
Tommy Potter, b
Joe Harris, dr
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Thelonious Monk - In Walked Bud From Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk (Recorded 1957, released 1958, Atlantic SD 1278)
A Monk classic that was already featured on his early master-work Genius of Modern Music, Volume One (Blue Note 5002). Blakey is to me the perfect drummer for Monk. How he adapts Monk’s style when soloing is great. The two jazz giants made an excellent collaboration here and the personnel of the Jazz Messengers at that time fits well to Monk’s playing. Next to In Walked Bud the album contains new versions of various other Monk classics like for example his well-known blues Blue Monk, I Mean You or the extraordinary Rhythm-A-Ning.
Oscar Pettiford - Blue Brothers From Blue Brothers (Recorded 1960, released 1973, Black Lion 2460-189)
The enormously important bassist teamed up with an European ensemble. Results you can hear on the album Blue Brothers or in a different release version on the album Montmartre Blues (Black Lion Records). The whole record has a certain special sound that comes especially from the haunting vibes of Louis Hjulmand. Though the album is recorded in a sextet formation it is reduced in Blue Brothers and Two Little Pearls. We’ve got a duet of bass and vibes here.