Cecil Payne Performing Charlie Parker

Cecil Payne

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Cecil Payne Performing Charlie Parker Review

by Scott Yanow

Baritonist Cecil Payne is one of the great bebop veterans, but he tends to be overlooked, since he didn't record that much as a leader. This obscure recording finds Payne matched up with trumpeter Clark Terry, pianist Duke Jordan, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Charlie Persip for renditions of six Charlie Parker songs, plus Payne's "Communion." The swinging interpretations (highlighted by "Shaw Nuff," "Relaxin' at Camarillo" and "The Hymn") are strictly straight-ahead and are most notable for the interplay between Payne and Terry.

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