But when parker went into the studio to record his version, he ran into a problem, says jazz historian phil schaap. Charlie parker lends himself to this kind of obsession. The unissued takes displays the immortal master of the alto saxophone charlie parker at the peak maturity of his prodigious talents. They are watching their favourite sons, charlie and marcus blow their saxophones loud and free in unison. August 29, 1920 march 12, 1955, also known as yardbird and bird, was an american jazz saxophonist and composer. The complete charlie parker on verve verve 837 1412. I purchased this book because i love charlie parker and wanted to share that love with my then 6monthold son hes been listening to charlie parker on phil schaaps birdflight since he came home from the hospital. The bridegroom, as phil schaap, is the curator and archivist at wkcrfm, columbia universitys radio station, where for 28 years he has been the host of. Charlie parker dizzy gillespie bebops heartbeat 1987.
He overrides the set and pedestrian string arrangements with creativity, a beautiful sound and a regard for melody. Those stinkers, ever since i bought that dang thing i came down with the charlie bug. Speaking of bird, a friend brought to my attention the other day the contributions of phil schaap, perhaps bestknown for his decades at columbia universitys wkcr. Charlie parker s yardbird is at hackney empire, london, 917. Cadence as one of the architects of modern jazz often called bebop, charlie parker 192055 had a profound effect on american music that continues to this day. Recorded between 1947 and 1952, the charlie parker with strings albums showcased the legendary bebop saxophonist performing standards and ballads backed by a small classical string ensemble and jazz rhythm section. Phil is a walking history book about jazz, frank foster, a tenorsax. In the same manner as dean benedettis bird recordings ross only captured birds solos at copelys. The second novel, dark hollow, was released eagerly a year after the first, following charlie as he tracks down yet another savage murderer. Parker, charlie complete dean benedetti recordings. Charlie parker became a new yorker, said the jazz historian phil schaap, whose parkerfixated weekday radio program, bird flight, has been heard in its current form on wkcr 89.
I havent yet had a chance to tune in, but i mightily enjoyed this 2008 new yorker profile of schaap by david remnick. Four studies of charlie parkers compositional processes. Count basie to a complex pantoum charlie parker, from a tender sonnet sarah vaughan to a performance poem snapping the rhythms of art blakey to life. Bird live to be sure and to hear previously unissed and new material is an incredible bonus. This book opens with a chapter of biography and then progresses to four chapters focusing on charlie parkers music. Schaap remastered the original ko ko tapes for reissue on cd. The most recent book surrounding charlie parker was released in 2014 with high. Recorded september 18, 1949 at carnegie hall, new york. Phil schaap born 1951 is an american jazz disc jockey and reissue producer. Marc myers writes regularly for the wall street journal and is author of anatomy of a song grove and why jazz happened. If it were not for norman, many of the items recorded in the book may have been lost for ever. Angel francothe new york times phil schaap on the air at wkcrfm. Phil schaap with, clockwise from bottom, dizzy gillespie, parker, ella fitzgerald, bix. Charlie parker reveals everything that was his genius here.
A note considering the charlie parker discography no. This 3disc collection contains recordings of the tiny grimes quintet, charlie parkers reboppers, charlie parkers all stars, and the miles davis all stars. The complete dean benedetti recordings of charlie parker. For the parker recordings, mosaic called in phil schaap, a 37yearold audio engineer who has for many years had a daily 70minute program devoted to parker on columbia universitys radio station. The series, which consists of four sessions about various jazz topics, begins nov. The 1992 evening with friends of charlie parker concert was headlined by max roach with al hibbler and lee konitz. Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique and advanced harmonies. Tortured and brilliant private detective charlie shelve every dead thing. From 1984 to 1991, schaap was the archivist for the savoy jazz label. Phil schaaps liner notes for the complete charlie parker on verce cd set. Charlie parker, miles davis, phil schaap, dec 25, 1948 christmas broadcast by symphony sid, royal roost, symphony sid, phil schaap, royal roost legendary dec 25, 1948 christmas broadcast by symphony sid royal roost with charlie parker quintet. April in parisbig bandcharlie parker plays cole porter. Booklet including biographical and program notes by bob porter, phil schapp and jim patrick, discography by phil schapp and musical transcriptions 48 p.
By wynton marsalis illustrated by paul rogers contribution by phil schaap by wynton marsalis illustrated by paul rogers contribution by phil schaap. The piece is full of rather incredible stories, but my. Phil schaap and milt jackson on staircase to charlie parkers former nyc home, photo courtesy phil schaap when people talk about jazz education, whether in magazines like this one or in seminars at conferences and festivals, theyre almost always talking about training musicians. The latest charlie bug for me was last month or so when savoy rereleased the grammy winning 8cd box set the complete savoy and dial recordings, on a new 10 lp 180 gram box set. Neighborhood association, the historic districts council, the municipal art society, and jazz historian phil. Phil schaap born april 6, 1951 is an american jazz disc jockey, historian, archivist and. Phil schaap project gutenberg selfpublishing ebooks. He had a short creative life, and a good chunk of it went around the dark side of the moon, unrecorded, because of the recording ban of the.
Schaap who played a brief taped interview with drummer max roach. This fascinating collection is a delight for anyone remotely interested in jazz history. Charlie parker has been much appreciated as an improviser, but he was also an important jazz composer, a topic yet to be studied in depth. Parker was a blazingly fast virtuoso, and he introduced revolutionary.
A1 to a5 live at carnegie hall, nyc on 92947 b1 to b7 recorded on 122945 at beltone studio barcode and other identifiers. Phil woods, an alto saxophonist who idolized charlie parker, married his widow, developed one of the most signature sounds on his instrument in postwar smallgroup and bigband settings, carried on the bebop tradition long after others had moved on, became an exquisite composerarranger and was perhaps best known for his iconic solo on billy joels just the way you are, died yesterday sept. Jazz radio host phil schaap uses his deep knowledge of midcentury jazz to. This was charlies first recording after being released from camarillo. The show, called birdflight, is devoted to the music of charlie parker charlie parker. Charlie parker is a fictional character and a series of detective novels by irish novelist john connolly. In celebration of the alto saxophonists music and upcoming birthday, i chose a handful of key moments in parkers recording career and asked phil schaap to. He attended lincoln high school in september 1934, but withdrew in. Charlie parker the complete charlie parker with strings. The emphasis is on charlie parker, including dial test pressings. Former new york city policeman charlie bird parker is a private investigator whose cases increasingly take on shades of the supernatural. South of the borderfiestacharlie parker with strings. The bridegroom, as phil schaap, is the curator and archivist at wkcrfm, columbia universitys radio station, where for 28 years he has been the host of bird flight, a show devoted to charlie.
Schaap, 61, said recently at the station after bird flight, his 70minute weekday morning show built around the music of charlie parker. It immediately became his favorite book he has over 100 and insists that it. Schaap has been involved with the rerelease of many archival recordings on cd, releases of artists including charlie parker, miles davis, billie holiday, benny goodman, louis armstrong, machito and the afrocubans and duke ellington. Whatever background you bring to it, the book willl likely enrich your understanding of parkers music. Last week i did hear i a bird flight student fillin say phil would be in sometine next now this week but yes, otherwise it is a mystery with no explanation even hinted at. Charlie parker is a private detective and antihero who is looking for the man who killed his wife and daughter. Lincoln center presents the first jazz talk, charlie. Charlie parker jazz at the philharmonic 1949 1993, cd. Saks collection of jazz memorabilia is remarkable, both in size and scope. Although somewhat controversial when first released, the strings sessions are largely considered landmarks for orchestral jazz productions and rank among the best albums in. Phil schaap with clockwise from bottom dizzy gillespie parker ella.
He has become the custodian of all things charlie parker. Im a huge fan of saxophone genius charlie parker, the man known as bird. In addition to his liner notes, schaap contributed to the 2005 book by wynton marsalis, jazz. Im going with phil schaaps spelling of copely although you see it in the books many times as. This is one of the most important issues in the 85 year history of downbeat magazine, one that contains a firsthand interview of charlie parker. Phil schaap to write jazz history books the new york times. Charlie parker and the stars of modern jazz at carnegie hall 1949 jass bird in paris. Im not remembering as much and people are amused by it. Charlie parker currently has novels depicting his stories, released in the united kingdom as well as the united states. Swing university phil schaaps biography jazz academy. Please specify in order notes whether you would like a personalization from phil. Tortured and brilliant private detective charlie parker stars in this thriller by new york times bestselling author john connolly. To link to the entire object, paste this link in email, im or document to embed the entire object, paste this html in website to link to this page, paste this link in email, im or document to embed this page, paste this html in website.
Phil is a walking history book about jazz, frank foster, a tenorsax player for the basie orchestra, told me. The session will feature moderator lewis porter, drummer roy haynes, writer and historian ira gitler and jazz at lincoln center curator phil schaap discussing bird and the truths and mysteries about his life. Jazzovski zgodovinar phil schaap vodi radijsko oddajo bird flight na wkcr new york. These selections are also available as part of the tencd box set bird. The new yorker editor david remnicks recent profile of the jazz d. He was the only child of charles parker and adelaide addie bailey, who was of mixed choctaw and african american background. The series deals with some supernatural themes such as. In his liner notes, schaap provides overview, sessionbysession history and trackbytrack analysis, further illuminating the creative process of birds genius. Phil schaap born april 6, 1951 is an american jazz disc jockey, historian, archivist and producer. The high life and hard times of charlie yardbird parker. The 2015 feature film miles ahead contains a scene in which miles davis, played by don cheadle, calls up wkcr radio and talks to phil.346 325 281 396 369 983 1004 1434 182 1342 1401 869 1335 1401 847 1083 401 1193 747 148 318 575 509 708 377 409 1501 1124 179 99 480 406 923 1284 1393 240 729 310 184 996 1434 26 1317 9