Charlie Parker: Moose the Mooche (live in Montreal)


Moose the Mooche


Charlie Parker (alto sax)


Charlie Parker: Montreal 1953 (Uptown2736)

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Charlie Parker (alto sax),

Steep Wade (piano), Dick Garcia (guitar), Bob Rudd (bass), Bobby Malloy (drums)


Composed by Charlie Parker


Recorded: Chez Paree Nightclub, Montreal, February 7, 1953


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Recorded live in Montreal, this date is a superb example of Bird playing at his high-speed best. Whether Parkerís velocity on this tune had anything to do with his ever-growing heroin addiction is not known. Parker had traveled north to appear on a Canadian television broadcast and in a concert presented by a Montreal jazz musiciansí society. On this particular night he was playing at the Chez Paree, and he roars through this tuneónamed ironically for his mid-1940s drug dealer. The recording provides a sense of what Bird sounded like wired and live in front of an enthusiastic club crowd.

Reviewer: Marc Myers

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