Charlie Parker (1920-1955)
A jazz saxophonist, famous as one of the founders of “bebop.” Parker usually performed bebop with a small quintet. Charlie Parker also recorded jazz standards with a small section of stringed instruments and a jazz rhythm section instead of his standard quintet. Parker said that his favourite recordings were the ones he made with strings.
Here is a recording of the jazz standard “April in Paris” played by Charlie Parker on saxophone. He is accompanied by a small group of stringed instruments and a jazz rhythm section. Parker’s playing here is more subdued than usual and you can hear the melody. A real bonus!