The Roots of Charlie Parker

Music to accompany last week’s reading from Nathan W. Pearson Jr.’s book “Goin’ to Kansas City”

Includes a fascinating solo that 20 year old Parker self-recorded and four 1942-43 trio tracks with one of his unheralded music mentors guitarist Efferge Ware.

* Walter Page’s Blue Devils – Blue Devil Blues (1929) – (00:00)

* Lady Be Good (1936) – (02:44)

Lester Young and Count Basie’s – Vocalion recording of “Lady Be Good” (1936)

* Solo (private recording) (1940) – (05:51)

Reputedly made in a small recording booth of the time where the public could record themselves. He was 20 years old.

* Swingmatism featuring Charlie Parker Jay McShann’s (1941) – (08:55)

Cherokee (1942) – (11:33)

Charlie Parker, alto saxophone
Efferge Ware, guitar
Phil Phillips, drums
Vic Damon Studio, Kansas City

* Body and Soul (1942) – (14:42)

Charlie Parker, alto saxophone
Efferge Ware, guitar
Phil Phillips, drums
Vic Damon Studio, Kansas City

* My Heart Tells Me (1942-43) – (18:24)

Charlie Parker, alto saxophone
Efferge Ware, guitar
Phil Phillips, drums
Vic Damon Studio, Kansas City

* I’ve Found a New Baby (1942-43) – (21:41)

Charlie Parker, alto saxophone
Efferge Ware, guitar
Phil Phillips, drums
Vic Damon Studio, Kansas City

* St. Louis Mood (1942) – (25:11)

Charlie Parker with the Jay McShann Orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom, NYC

– Ken McCarthy
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