Charlie Parker (with Machito): Okiedoke




Charlie Parker with Machito and His Afro-Cuban Orchestra


South of the Border (Verve)

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Charlie Parker (alto sax), Machito (maracas), Mario Bauza (trumpet),

Frank “Paquito” Davilla, Bob Woodlen (trumpet); Gene Johnson, Fred Skerritt (alto sax); Jose Madera (tenor sax); Leslie Johnakins (baritone sax), Rene Hernandez (piano), Bobby Rodriguez (bass), Jose Mangual (bongo), Luis Miranda (conga) and Ubaldo Nieto (timbali).


Composed by Machito and Rene Hernandez


Recorded: New York, January 1949


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Weeks after the 1948 recording ban was lifted on musicians, Clef Records producer Norman Granz brought Charlie Parker together with bandleader Machito for a four-side Afro-Cuban recording session. Dizzy Gillespie had already pioneered the Latin-jazz big-band sound with "Algo Bueno" in 1946 as well as "Cubano Be, Cubano Bop" and "Manteca" in 1947. Parkerís late 1948 Afro-Cuban sides sounded so fresh that Granz brought Bird and Machito back in January to record "Okiedoke" and three others. "Okiedoke" is significant because itís one of the earliest mergers of jazz and mamboóa dance rhythm pioneered earlier in the 1940s by Perez Prado. Parker clearly is having a blast playing over the piston-like percussion and sax-saturated arrangement.

Reviewer: Marc Myers

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