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South of the Border - The Latin Jazz Sides

Charlie Parker

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Album Review

Verve gathers together all of the master takes of Charlie Parker's recordings with the swinging band of Afro-Cuban jazz pioneer Machito, along with ten other Latinized numbers that he cut in 1951-1952. Besides illustrating the willingness of producer Norman Granz to experiment and take Parker out of a small-group bebop straitjacket, this CD shows that Bird's improvisational style changed hardly at all in a Latin setting. He continued to run off his patented lightning bop licks over the congas and bongos and they just happened to interlock with the grooves quite snugly, although he did adapt his phrasing of the tunes themselves to suit their rhythmic lines. Included here is the spectacular "No Noise" that he cut as a guest with Machito and tenorman Flip Phillips in 1948, as well as Chico O'Farrill's epic Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite (also with Machito). For those who do not have the ten-CD The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve — where all 14 selections can be found — this is an inexpensive way to hear Parker in a refreshingly different context very nearly at the top of his form. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

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South of the Border- The Latin Jazz sides

Charlie Parker. What more can you say? This album to me is an amazing addition to any music collection. Parker tone is rich and his phrasing is unaltered by the musical setting. What an awsome setting to showcase Bird. Latin jazz could have been another genre he could have dominated. This diversity shows his true genious as an artist. He could play with anyone playing anything. A master, truly a god for the ages.

Biography

Born: August 29, 1920 in Kansas City, KS

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

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...
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