I’m sitting here with a few minutes to work on a brief blog post for today.
Charlie Parker’s rendition of Laura from Charlie Parker With Strings. Ahhh film noir and bebop. A perfect combination. I have been a fan of Charlie Parker since high school. The transcription book of his solos called The Omnibook is the bible of the Bebop era and has been in my pile of trumpet practice books for 20 years. I wish I can say that I have been practicing it for 20 years, but hey, that’s another story. There something special though about the sound of Charlie Parker with strings. There are so many great cuts from the Charlie Parker with Strings albums. The song originally comes from a movie by the same name. With just a few notes you are instantly submerged in the film noir genre. I hope they inspire you the same way .
Here is David Raskin, the original composer playing the theme at the piano many years later.
For a comparison here is the theme fully orchestrated.
I wish movies were still scored this way.