Parker“Lover Man” is one of the torchiest and bluesy of all ballads. It is not a true blues, but it has many elements of the blues and a set of lyrics that portrays a great deal of sadness and longing. It has been recorded primarily by female vocalists, but there are many great instrumental recordings of this ballad. The alto sax falls in the range of many female vocalists and this is probably why is has been recorded by so many great alto players.

Lover Man - Episode 1

On this podcast I have picked five classic interpretations of the composition as performed by some of the most renowned alto saxophonists starting with Charlie Parker’s infamous 1946 version. Each instrumentalist injects their style of phrasing and nuance into the performance. They have to compensate for the fact that the lyrics are not presented to the listeners.
Lover ManCharlie Parker1946
Lover ManLee Konitz/Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan Quartet Plus Lee Konitz1953
Lover ManJackie McLeanNew Traditions1955
Lover ManCannonball AdderleyCannonball en Route1957
Lover ManSonny Stitt/Don PattersonSoul Electricity1968

Lover Man - Episode 2

Lover ManDon Byasca. 1953
Lover ManBillie Holiday/Toots Camerata Orchestra1944
Lover ManSarah Vaughan TrioSwingin’ Easy1954
Lover ManBlossom DearieBlossom Dearie1956
Lover ManCarmen McRaeSings Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics1961
Lover ManEtta JamesMystery Lady—The Songs of Billie Holiday1994