Charlie Parker: Ko Ko


Ko Ko (aka Ko-Ko, aka KoKo)


Charlie Parker (alto sax)


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

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Charlie Parker (alto sax), Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet, piano), Max Roach (drums),

Curly Russell, bass


Composed by Charlie Parker


Recorded: New York, November 26, 1945


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Built on the chord changes to "Cherokee," "Ko Ko" was recorded during Parkerís first date as a leader and first session for Savoy Records. This track demonstrates just how difficult this new music was to play. Miles Davis and pianist Andre Thornton (Sadik Hakim) were supposed to play on the tune but were hamstrung by the songís complexities. So Dizzy Gillespie played trumpet on the theme and then switched to piano behind Birdís solos. Here, Parker no longer is working inside the system but inventing a new language. "Ko Ko" was a ferocious salvo fired across swingís bow.

Reviewer: Marc Myers

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