Charlie Parker – Swedish Schnapps (Vinyl LP)


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*This is a Vinyl LP*

Release Date:  2020

Label:  Bird’s Nest


Track List

Side A

  1. Si Si
  2. Swedish Schnapps
  3. Swedish Schnapps (Alternate Take)
  4. Back Home Blues
  5. Back Home Blues (Alternate Take)
  6. Lover Man
  7. Blues For Alice
  8. Almost Like Being In Love
  9. I Can’t Get Started

Side B

  1. Au Privave
  2. Au Privave (Alternate Take)
  3. She Rote
  4. She Rote (Alternate Take)
  5. K. C. Blues
  6. Star Eyes
  7. Old Folks
  8. If I Love Again



Released by Verve in 1958 – three years after Parker’s untimely death at the age of 34 – Swedish Schnapps compiles two complete 1951 sessions from which the master takes had previously been released as 78rpm singles, and later put together on the 1955 Clef Records LP The Magnificent Charlie Parker (MG C-646). While one date features Red Rodney (the regular trumpeter from Parker’s quintet during that time), the other is a reunion session featuring drummer Max Roach and, more importantly, trumpeter Miles Davis (who had left Bird’s group more than a year before). On that same day, Miles would record his fi rst studio session for Prestige and would play the piano on “I Know” from Sonny Rollins’ first date as a leader. An album consisting primarily of variations on the blues, Swedish Schnapps also includes Bird’s definitive reading of “Lover Man”, a song he insisted on recording again after the tormented 1946 Dial version was issued against his will. Four tunes presenting Bird soloing with larger groups have been added as a bonus (the Cole Porter tunes that complete both sessions can be found on Bird’s Nest LP 160654).


  • Charli Parker – alto sax
  • On all tracks, plus:
    • ON A1-A7: Red Rodney, trumpet; John Lewis, piano; Ray Brown, bass; Kenny Clarke, drums. RCA 24th Street Studio, New York, August 8, 1951.
    • ON B1-B6: Miles Davis, trumpet; Walter Bishop Jr, piano; Teddy Kotick, bass; Max Roach, drums. New York, January 17, 1951.
    • (*) BONUS TRACKS: Charlie Parker, alto sax, plus:
    • ON A8-A9: Jimmy Maxwell, Carl Poole, Al Porcino, Bernie Privin (tp), Bill Harris, Lou McGarity, Bart Varsalona (tb), Harry Terrill, Murray Williams (as), Flip Phillips, Hank Ross (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Oscar Peterson (p), Freddie Green (g), Ray Brown (b), Don Lamond (d), Joe Lippman (arr., cond). New York, March 25, 1952.
    • ON B7-B8: Junior Collins (fhr), Al Block (fl ), Hal McKusick (cl), Tom Mace (oboe), Mannie Thaler (bassoon), Tony Aless (p), Charles Mingus (b), Max Roach (d). The Dave Lambert Singers (vocal group) including Dave Lambert, Annie Ross (vc). Gil Evans (arr., dir). New York, May 25, 1953.
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