Charlie PARKER – Charlie Parker At Storyville 1953

Charlie PARKER – Charlie Parker At Storyville 1953
1985 Issue. BT-85108


This LP contains two broadcasts at Boston’s Storyville club in 1953. One set finds Parker accompanied by the Red Garland Trio (two years before Garland became famous playing with Miles Davis), while the other one also features trumpeter Herb Pomeroy and a trio led by pianist Sir Charles Thompson. The recording quality is just so-so but Bird was in fine form for these sessions, playing hot versions of his usual repertoire.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
On the second date, Bird’s playing is somewhat more lyrical and subdued. He does seem to perk up on “Cool Blues,” however, perhaps spurred on by the punchy, immaculately phrased trumpet work of Herb Pomeroy. While some have suggested that Parker’s talents were in decline in the ’50s, AT STORYVILLE was recorded less than two years before Bird’s death and clearly demonstrates he was still capable of playing with his typical humor, pure tone and flawless feel.

Recorded at two 1953 Boston club dates, AT STORYVILLE is an album of loose, energetic and mightily swinging music. The first half of the record, which features the great pianist Red Garland in his only recorded date with Parker, is slightly peppier than the later session. Garland is still developing his style here, and his playing has a certain suaveness and bounce that reflects the influence of swing era pianists like Nat “King” Cole. Parker is loose and fiery, pushing the band ahead with a stream of energetic, serpentine solos.
Charlie Parker (saxophone);
Herb Pomeroy (trumpet);
Red Garland, Sir Charles Thompson (piano);
Billy Griggs, Jimmy Woode (bass);
Roy Haynes, Kenny Clarke (drums).
A1. Moose the Mooche  5:05
A2. I’ll Walk Alone  4:53
A3. Ornithology   4:23
A4. Out of Nowhere   4:34
B1. Now’s the Time   4:11
B2. Don’t Blame Me  4:58
B3. Dancing on the Ceiling  2:29
B4. Cool Blues   4:44
B5. Groovin’ High   5:04

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