Cecil Payne performing Charlie Parker Music (1961)

Track Selection: “Communion” (Payne)

Artists and Recording Session

Clark Terry (tp) Cecil Payne (bars) Duke Jordan (p) Ron Carter (b) Charlie Persip (d)recorded NYC, March, 1961


This record would seem to follow on from Cecil Payne alternative score to “The Connection”, same year, with the same artistic director Aubrey Mayhew, and the same line up. An interpretation of Charlie Parker compositions, but my choice is Cecil’s own composition, “Communion”. Payne was one of the great baritone sax players, though rarely recording as leader, hence less well-known. Distinguished line up with Jordan and Ron Carter, and Clark Terry puts in a sprightly performance on trumpet.

Vinyl: UK Stereo-Pact/ Egmont / Charlie Parker Records AJS 7S , originally  released  Charlie Parker Record PLP801

Charlie Parker Records 1961-5 was founded by Doris Parker, Charlie’s Widow, and Aubrey Mayhew, a record producer, music arranger and entrepreneur who died in 2009. The original Charlie Parker PLP 801 release label pictured.

UK pressing on the Egmont label, based in the North of England. I’ve seen this label previously on the UK release of Duke Jordan’s score to the French art-film “Les Liasons Dangereuse”  – approximate translation: 1960’s rumpy pumpy in black and white in French with subtitles. Contains nuts (existentialism). 1960’s French art house new wave and jazz scores went well together –  existential characters musing to a bohemian soundtrack. Lift to the Scaffold, Les Liasons Dangereuse, Les Femmes Disparraient,Un Temoin Dans La Ville …

The pressing belonging to the time before thin vinyl and digital production, solid rich sound. The cover belongs to a world of no budget for artwork.

Collectors Corner

Originating from a North London record store new arrivals shelf, inexpensive – nothing special to warrant bumping up the price – cheap as chips.

Egmont Records, Lancashire, improbable origin for a jazz record. Lancashire – Blackpool, Blackburn, Bolton, Rochdale, Chorley, famous for their cotton-mills, hotpot, and now apparently, bebop. Every day, something new, Charlie Parker  in a cloth cap, colliery brass band, Hovis, cue the Four Yorkshireman sketch  Yes, I know it’s Lancashire not Yorkshire, but to us Southerners, it’s all “the grim North” and the sketch was actually filmed live in Hollywood, so two points on my artistic license.

4 thoughts on “Cecil Payne performing Charlie Parker Music (1961)

  1. It should be noted that track 3 is not “Camarillo” but another, equally nice, Bird song: “Cheryl”. Unnoticed all the way, even by those who did the CD reissue. Another strange fact is that some of the stereo versions have Terry in the right channel and Payne in the left channel.

  2. In my vinyl browsing, I occasionally come across releases on Charlie Parker Records, including this one by Cecil Payne in NM condition. I think it was priced at around $12.00 but discounted by one-third. Initially I was suspicious of CPR pressings but soon learned that discs CPR recorded were good but bootleg issues were much less so because they were dubbed from radio broadcasts. Even better sound-wise is the 30-CD box set of the complete CPR catalog produced by Membran and released in 2012. This set includes the Tampa recordings by Art Pepper and Marty Paich. The sound is excellent.

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