A Season of Songs is a type of Fun-A-Day project that I plan to do throughout this spring. I’ll hit shuffle on the ol’ iPod and see what comes up. I’ll then write a bit about that song, the band, the record, whatever. Enjoy!
Today’s song is “I’m in the Mood For Love” by Charlie Parker which I have on the “Complete Verve Master Takes” collection.
Jack Kerouac, and the rest of the Beats, spent a good deal of time talking about Charlier Parker, aka “Bird”. Jazz was the Beat’s soundtrack and Parker was at the top of the list. When I read “On The Road” or other works where Keroauc is talking about Parker, I think what I envision in my mind is a bit closer to Coltrane. The sounds a bit more urgent, a bit more fierce, but at the time Coltrane as we know him did not yet exist. Bird did, but when I listen to Parker now, I think, “This is good. This is nice.”, but it is a lot harder to imagine those scenes of Beats sweating and shaking and yelling “Blow, man, blow!”
I don’t want to take away from Parker’s music. I really do enjoy pretty much everything I’ve ever heard of his recordings. But for me, Parker’s music is a bit more relaxed afternoon at home than transcendent jazz freakout. A bit less “Go, cat, go!” and more “Chill, man, chill.”