Charlie Parker: Au Privave/Dance of the Infidels


Au Privave/Dance of the Infidels


Charlie Parker (alto sax)


Charlie Parker at Jirayr Zorthian's Ranch, July 14, 1952 (Rare Live 88622)

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Charlie Parker (alto sax), Larance Marable (drums),

Frank Morgan (alto sax), Don Wilkerson (tenor sax), Amos Trice (piano), Dave Bryant (bass)


Composed by Charlie Parker and Bud Powell


Recorded: Jirayr Zorthian's Ranch, Altadena, California, July 14, 1952


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Charlie Parker plays some interesting stuff on this extended blues jam (could this be the only extant recording of Bird quoting the "Woody Woodpecker" theme?). Much of the best comes during the trading-of-fours he plays with the Paul Gonsalves-influenced tenor saxophonist Don Wilkerson, whose energetic and slightly eccentric style seems to pique Parker's competitive nature. Drummer Larance Marable swings the band hard, and the little-known pianist Amos Trice acquits himself well in fairly generic bebop fashion. Bassist Dave Bryant disappears in the considerable tape noise, for the most part. Indeed, the overall recording quality is frankly terrible. It takes patience to sift through, but it's worth it, to an extent. This is Charlie Parker, after all. On the other hand, there's nothing extraordinary about the music by Bird's exalted standards. Casual listeners, beware. Ultimately, this performance is likely to appeal primarily to committed ornithologists.

Reviewer: Chris Kelsey

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