Charlie Parker: Lover Man


Lover Man


Charlie Parker (alto sax)


The Complete Savoy and Dial Master Takes (Savoy Jazz)

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Charlie Parker (alto sax), Howard McGhee (trumpet), Jimmy Bunn (piano), Bob Kesterson (bass), Roy Porter (drums).

Composed by Jimmy Davis, Roger “Ram” Ramirez and James Sherman


Recorded: Hollywood, July 29, 1946


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Recorded in Hollywood for Dial during a West Coast trip, "Lover Man" marks a turning point in Parkerís career. High as a kite on narcotics, Parker was barely able to squeeze off the tuneís notes. Yet despite Parkerís self-destructive streak, his playing here was still far more impassioned than musicians who were sober. Listen as Bird misses the intro but then manages to turn in a heartfelt effort. The same is true of "The Gypsy" from the same date. Following this session, Parker returned to his hotel, set fire to the room, was arrested and placed in Camarillo State Hospitalís psychiatric ward, where he remained until January 1947.

Reviewer: Marc Myers


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