Charlie Parker with Strings is the name of two separate albums by jazz musician Charlie Parkerreleased in on Mercury Records. It is also the name of a compilation album released by Verve Recordscontaining all the tracks from both the albums, as Poison My Eyes - Various - Last Action Hero (Music From The Original Motion Picture) as additional material.
The sessions place Parker in the context of a small classical string section and a jazz rhythm sectionrather than his standard bebop quintet. They were Parker's most popular sellers during his lifetime, and were admitted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in Under the auspices of producer Norman GranzParker fulfilled a long-held desire to record in a string setting.
Sessions from November 30,yielded the first Charlie Parker With Strings album Mercury MGconsisting of six songs total, all of which were standards. The success of the first album led to additional sessions on July 5,resulting in another long-playing album also entitled Charlie Parker With Strings Mercury MGCconsisting of eight tracks, also all standards.
InVerve Records reissued these fourteen recordings for compact discincluding an additional ten tracks with Parker also accompanied by strings. Five date from a Carnegie Hall concert on September 17, ; four more from an additional studio session in Januaryand the last from Granz's The Jazz Scene limited edition 78 rpms recorded in Carnegie Hall in December with Neal Hefti.
There is some controversy regarding the impetus for Parker to record standards, rather than his original compositions, in settings of this kind as a bid for greater commercial exposure.
Certainly Mercury Records did not object to this idea, although biographical sources indicate Parker himself instigated the sessions. However, they were instrumental in creating a vogue among jazz musicians for recording in a similar fashion: see Clifford Brown with Strings inand Focus by Stan Getz inamong others. The history of the vinyl Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby is a complex one. Clef Records MGC was an early or the earliest 12" release and had the same cover as MG but the following, differing content:.
Other later live and studio releases exist, most of them on compilation albums. This edition, available in record stores only on April 13,contained numerous alternate takes not used on the previous vinyl releases, and was presented on a bright blue vinyl LP.
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