Salt Peanuts

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"Salt Peanuts" is a bebop tune reportedly composed by Dizzy Gillespie in 1942, credited "with the collaboration of" bebop drummer, Kenny Clarke.

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  • In the late fall of 1944, Gillespie and Parker cut the first bebop "sides" for Savoy Records in Newark: "Groovin' High," "Dizzy Atmosphere," "Salt Peanuts," "Hot House." The following May, they took a quintet into the 3 Deuces. Many of the clubs along Fifty-second Street were controlled by shady operators, but the Deuces was different. It was run by Sammy Kaye, a tough Jewish kid from Brooklyn who'd been to Minton's and dug the music and didn't try to tell the musicians how to play it. "The height of the perfection of our music," Gillespie wrote, "occurred in The 3 Deuces with Charlie Parker." The music was jerky and dissonant. Its jaggedy rhythms and breakneck tempos reflected wartime's fractures and dislocations, but it was cocky and struttin', the first indication of what life might be like after the war.

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