Charlie Parker/Arne Domnerus: In Sweden (Nov. 22, 1950) (2008)
Bird is clearly in charge on his four tracks, with the Swedes trying and largely succeeding, in tagging along. Parker and Ericson both blaze through a typically racing "Anthropology." The lesser known Howard McGhee/Parker line "Cheers" finds Bird at his most unpredictably inventive, feinting, bopping and weaving among fast runs and intense melodicism in his solos. It also suggests Ericson was closer to McGhee and Red Rodney than Dizzy or Miles. There's a brief, all-Bird, "Lover Man" followed by a "Cool Blues" that's missing Parker's opening, the recording beginning in mid-trumpet solo so we only hear Bird's final four-bar trades with Ericson. The three standards with Domnerus are given bop treatments, the saxophonist displaying a style suggestive of analyzed, organized Birdology. Unlike the Parker tracks, these display a cohesive, interactive band, Domnerus and Ericson easily trading loose phrases rather than clipped four-bars and tunes outfitted with routines. The best and most intricate is "Out of Nowhere," with a rubato tandem opening, then horn solos traded first over just walking bass, then a Latin rhythm and finally a fast bebop 4/4.
Track Listing: Anthropology; Cheers; Lover Man; Cool Blues; Fine and Dandy; Out of Nowhere; All the Things You Are.
Personnel: Charlie Parker or Arne Domnerus: alto sax; Rolf Ericson: trumpet; Thore Jederby: bass; Gosta Theselius: piano; Jack Noren: drums.
Record Label: OKTAV Music