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They Didn't Believe Me

By Charlie Parker With Strings

Studio ensemble with alto saxophone soloist (Solo Alto Saxophone, 3 Violins, Viola, Cello, Harp, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums/Vibes) - Medium
By Charlie Parker With Strings. Edited by Jeffrey Sultanof. Arranged by Jimmy Carroll. Swing. Full score and set of parts. Published by Jazz Lines Publications (JL.JLP-8044).

Item Number: JL.JLP-8044

We're all familiar with the famous Charlie Parker with Strings recordings that were made in 1949 and the early 1950s. Parker recorded these in the studio and did many live concerts. At first the reception from the critics wasn't so great. But, over time there recordings have been cherished by jazz fans all over the world. In fact, Parker's recording of Just Friends with strings became his best-selling single. Well, it may surprise you to know that there were several arrangements that were rehearsed for Parker's 1949 'With Strings' session that were either not recorded or were scrapped. This chart of They Didn't Believe Me was arranged by Jimmy Carroll for this date but was not recorded. We don't know the specific reason it wasn't recorded. But, due to markups on the original manuscript score and parts we do know that it was heavily rehearsed. This arrangement has the same instrumentation as the others from this session except it was scored without oboe. There is a solo alto saxophone part and 3 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, harp, guitar, piano, bass, drums. The sound sample we provided is courtesy of band director Steve Barton and his students at Thomas Dale High School in Chester, Virginia.

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