Charlie Persip 

Charlie Persip, later Charli Persip (born July 26, 1929), is an American jazz drummer. Born in Morristown, New Jersey as Charles Lawrence Persip, he changed his name to Charli Persip in the early 1980s.

After playing with Tadd Dameron in 1953, Persip toured and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie's big and small bands between 1953 and 1958. He then joined Harry "Sweets" Edison's quintet and later the Harry James Orchestra before forming his own group, the Jazz Statesmen, with Roland Alexander, Freddie Hubbard, and Ron Carter in 1960. Around this time, Persip also recorded with several other formidable jazz musicians, including Lee Morgan, Dinah Washington, Melba Liston, Kenny Dorham, Zoot Sims, Red Garland, Gil Evans, Don Ellis, Eric Dolphy, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Gene Ammons. Persip was also the drummer on the legendary "Eternal Triangle" recording, Sonny Side Up (Verve Records), featuring Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt. From 1960 to 1973 he toured as a drummer and conductor with Billy Eckstine.

Along with his performing activities, Persip has earned a reputation as an educator. Since 1974, he has been instructor of drums and music for Jazzmobile, Inc. in New York. He is currently (2008) Associate Professor at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan.

Persip also currently leads Supersound, his jazz big band that was started in the mid-1980s as Superband.

Supersound’s first album was recorded on the Stash label, and was titled Charli Persip and Superband. The group’s second album, Superband 11, and third album, No Dummies Allowed, were recorded on the Soul Note label. Their fourth album is Intrinsic Evolution.(source Wilkipedia)





NB Les albums ci-dessous sont uniquement ceux que je possède. Il ne s'agit donc pas d'une discographie complète.

YY 1957 Sonny Side Up

Sur cet enregistrement exceptionnel de 1957, c'est Charlie Persip le batteur! Les deux Sonny et Dizzy Gilespie sont en très grande forme.

YY 1958 Dizzy Gillespie Duets 

Charlie Persip aux drums sur cet autre disque exceptionnel avec encore une fois les deux Sonny et Dizzy Gilespie en grande forme.

YY 1960 The Red Garland Quintets featuring John Coltrane

Charlie Persip joue sur "On Green Dolphin Street" et "Soft Wind" en compagnie de Richard Williams (trumpet), Oliver Nelson (tenor sax), George Joyner (bass). Un deuxième batteur, Art Taylor, joue sur les autres plages en compagnie de John Coltrane (tenor sax), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Red Garland (piano) et
George Joyner (bass).

YY 1960 Out of the Cool - The Gil Evans Orchestra

Charli Persip est avec Elvin Jones sur cet album merveilleux de Gil Evans pour lequel il a participé  en tant que percussioniste.

YY 1961 We  Free Kings

Charli Persip à la batterie aux côté de Richard Wyands (piano), Hank Jones (piano) et Art Davis à la contrebasse dans une section rythmique impeccable  au service de la musique composée par le poly-instrumentiste Roland Kirk


Je ne suis pas une star, la musique est l’étoile. Je suis juste un messager, c’est comme ça que je vois les choses. - Charli Persip


A lire cet interview passionant (en français) réalisé par  Jérôme Gransac pour Les dernières nouvelles du jazz.

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Charli est toujours là et bien là. Allez voir sur sa page My Space, il ya des videos passionantes de lui jouant, entre autres avec Dizzy Gilespie.

Charli is still strong! Visit his My space and watch incredible videos of him playing with Dizzy Gilespie and other great jazz musicians.







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