Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker: Salt Peanuts (1945 studio version)


Salt Peanuts


Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet) and Charlie Parker (alto sax)


Charlie Parker: A Studio Chronicle 1940-1948 (JSP Records B0000AJ5SR)

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Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Charlie Parker (alto sax), Al Haig (piano), Curly Russell (bass), Sid Catlett (drums).

Composed by Dizzy Gillespie


Recorded: New York, May 11, 1945


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Dizzy Gillespie, photo by Herb Snitzer

In 1978 Dizzy Gillespie stole the show at a White House affair honoring jazz musicians by convincing Jimmy Carter to come on stage to provide the vocal to “Salt Peanuts.” And who better than Carter, a peanut farmer before running for public office, to sing the praises of the humble legume? But in 1945, bebop was still a radical new music with no public honors – indeed little public recognition of any sort. And instead of a President by his side, Gillespie relied on altoist Charlie Parker, who takes a blistering solo out of the starting gate. But Gillespie still steals the show, with his (in my opinion) finest recorded solo – a tour de force of bop trumpet heroics. Anyone looking to hear how Dizzy set the tone for a generation of jazz brass players should start by listening to this classic performance.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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  • 1 Mel // Jan 07, 2008 at 01:11 PM
    Ted - Your blog about the impact of audio fidelity re Salt Peanuts is on point. That said, can Jazz.com make available on the web sound files so we can hear this for ourselves? Cheers, Mel