Charlie Parker: K.C. Blues


K.C. Blues


Charlie Parker (alto sax)


Swedish Schnapps (Verve 8010)

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Charlie Parker (alto sax), Miles Davis (trumpet), Walter Bishop (piano), Teddy Kotick (bass), Max Roach (drums).

Composed by Charlie Parker


Recorded: New York, January 17, 1951


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

"Now’s the Time" is perhaps Parker’s most recognizable blues line—it was filched in 1948 by R&B baritone saxophonist Paul Williams and renamed "The Hucklebuck"—but "K.C. Blues" comes close. Taken at a medium tempo, the tune opens with a sexy intro by Walter Bishop Jr., followed by Bird taking three clear-headed choruses. We also hear a more mature Miles—who’s fronting his own groups at this point—playing here with a much more subdued, whispery style. Interestingly, Miles recorded Miles Davis and Horns with Sonny Rollins, Bennie Green, John Lewis, Percy Heath and Roy Haynes for Prestige on the exact same day.

Reviewer: Marc Myers


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