Charlie Parker – Relaxin’ at Camarillo (1947)

In December 1945, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker made history by bringing the frenetic sounds of bebop—then primarily an underground scene for in-the-know musicians—from the East to the West Coast for a two-month residency at Billy Berg’s Hollywood jazz club. It was the beginning of a harrowing and occasionally productive two year-stint for Parker bumming around L.A., showing up at jam sessions, crashing on people’s … Continue reading Charlie Parker – Relaxin’ at Camarillo (1947)

Art Tatum – The Man I Love (1949)

Recorded live in the spring of 1949, at the “Just Jazz” concert, presented by Gene Norman at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. From the album Piano Starts Here released first time in 1968. There are many Art Tatum records available, but this is the one to pull out to amaze friends, particularly with Tatum’s wondrous version of “Tiger Rag,” during which he sounds like … Continue reading Art Tatum – The Man I Love (1949)

Charlie Parker and Miles Davis – Embraceable You (1947)

This version of the composition Embraceable You original with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin is recorded at WOR Studios, NYC, Tuesday October 28, 1947. Personnel: Charlie Parker – Alto Sax Miles Davis – Trumpet Irving “Duke” Jordan – Piano Tommy Potter – Bass Max Roach – Drums Continue reading Charlie Parker and Miles Davis – Embraceable You (1947)