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Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Stan Getz and Charlie Parker, The Saxes of Stan Getz and Charlie Parker

Jazztone Record Society J 1240 (mono) (USA), released 1956

The pairing on LP of two of the pre-eminent saxophonists of the bebop era, Stan Getz and Charlie Parker, presents the chance for comparison, although the Parker tracks pre-date those by Getz by around four years. The 1947 Parker sides are from his Dial Records years, and feature the young Miles Davis on trumpet, along with his classic quintet members Duke Jordan, piano, Tommy Potter, bass, and Max Roach, drums. Trombonist J. J. Johnson guests on two tracks (Parker's "Charlie's Wig" and "Drifting On A Reed"). Bird wrote another three of the six selections, "Dexterity", "Bird Of Paradise" and "Dewey Square", and the Fields-McHugh standard "Don't Blame Me" rounds out the selection. The Getz sides are unusual in that they showcase his new discovery on piano, Connecticut native Horace Silver, and feature his writing on three tracks("Potter's Luck", "Split Kick", and "Penny"), as well as three others written by another Connecticut musician, Gigi Gryce, who would later play with the trumpeter Clifford Brown and in the Jazz Lab band with trumpeter Donald Byrd. ("Yvette", "Melody Express" and "Wildwood"). Also featured in the Getz lineup was guitarist Jimmy Raney, and the unison lines of guitar and tenor sax work surprisingly well

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