Night in Tunisia – Bud Powell Trio

The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz: Part 6

Album #174 - June 1973

Episode date - July 6, 2022

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    The years 1942-44 were some of the most difficult years in America’s history, with a World War raging and America fighting the war on two fronts.

    Here at home the American Federation of Musicians launched a strike that prevented musicians from working for record companies until a royalties dispute was resolved. This meant that a big chunk of music history went uncatalogued while the war raged on. This coincided with (or could be considered mostly responsible for) the collapse of the “Big Band’ era. At the same time, it meant that new innovations were not being documented properly, particularly regarding the early Be-Bop era.

    This installment covers the development of jazz throughout the second half of the forties, during the post-war years. Charlie Parker was the reigning star of the day, although a lot of music fans did not embrace the complexities that suddenly made jazz something much less danceable and much more cranial. Seemingly overnight, the very essence of what constituted ‘jazz’ changed markedly.

    Featured tracks include:

    Koko – Charlie Parker’s Re-Boppers

    Lady, Be Good – Charlie Parker/ Jazz at the Philharmonic

    Embraceable You, Take 1 - Charlie Parker Quintet

    Embraceable You, Take 2 - Charlie Parker Quintet

    Klactoveedsedstene – Charlie Parker Quintet

    Crazeology, Take 1 – Charlie Parker Sextet

    Crazeology, Take 4 – Charlie Parker Sextet

    Parker’s Mood – Charlie Parker

    Fantasy on Frankie and Johnny – Erroll Garner

    Night in Tunisia – Bud Powell Trio

    Bikini – Dexter Gordon Quintet

    Lady Bird – Tadd Dameron Sextet

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