Charlie Parker: La Paloma
Charlie Parker (alto sax)
South Of The Border: The Verve Latin-Jazz Sessions (Verve 779)
Charlie Parker (alto sax),
Benny Harris (trumpet), Walter Bishop, Jr. (piano), Teddy Kotick (bass), Max Roach (drums), Josť Mangual (bongos), Luis Miranda (conga).
Composed by Sebastian Yradier.
Recorded: New York, January 23, 1952
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
Conceived by producer Norman Granz, Parker's Latin jazz sessions are sometimes offered up as a kitsch anomaly in his discography. However, Bird shows great reverence for the melody of this traditional Spanish song and respect for his accompanying musicians. His preference for improvisational language that emphasizes rhythmic displacement and internal syncopation over his usually more harmonically intricate solos demonstrates an acute sensitivity to the differences between bebop and Latin jazz rhythm sections. For bringing this group of musicians together and allowing Parker to demonstrate his mastery in yet another fashion, we need to add this small, but significantly influential, body of work to the many debts the jazz world owes Mr. Granz.
Reviewer: Mark Lomanno