Charlie Parker: White Christmas


White Christmas


Charlie Parker (alto sax)


Jingle Bell Jam: Jazz Christmas Classics (Rhino R2 71786)

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Charlie Parker (alto sax), Kenny Dorham (trumpet), Al Haig (piano), Tommy Potter (bass), Max Roach (drums).

Composed by Irving Berlin


Recorded: New York, December 25, 1948


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Two turtle doves (an indecisive species; are they turtles or doves?) happened to perch one Christmas night at Manhattan's Royal Roost, a 1940s jazz joint known to aficionados as the Metropolitan Bopera House. Having satisfied themselves that "Roost" referenced fried chicken, with neither turtles nor doves on the menu, the turtle doves cooed politely at the emcee's joking introduction of "White Christmas" as a turkey that a magician promisingly named Bird would raise from the dead. Sure enough, the sublimely sax-tooting Bird soon had Irving Berlin's terminally overdone song trotting about like a gobbler Lazarus. Talk about miracles of Christmas!

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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