Charlie Parker: Moose the Mooche


Moose the Mooche


Charlie Parker (alto sax)


Best of the Complete Savoy & Dial Studio Recordings (Savoy SVY 17120)

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Charlie Parker (alto sax), Miles Davis (trumpet), Lucky Thompson (tenor sax), Dodo Marmarosa (piano), Vic McMillan (bass), Roy Porter (drums).

Composed by Charlie Parker


Recorded: Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA, March 28, 1946


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

The Dial Sessions mark Parker’s greatest legacy, and on his debut date for the label, the altoist is at top form. The lopsided melody reworks “I Got Rhythm” changes, and Parker floats out of the starting-gate with a sinuous improvisation that makes it all look so easy. Miles tries to follow with some of his bebop licks, but he is still several years away from finding his mature voice. Don’t miss Marmarosa’s intro and 16-bar solo, and hear why many think this under-recorded musician could have been one of the great modern jazz piano masters. A landmark bebop performance.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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