Charlie Parker Sessionography

(1951 - 1955)

(Last modified: 5:25 PM, 15 September, 2002.)

 

Allan J. Sutherland

 

 

 

Charlie Parker Session 51-01-17:

 

Date: 17 January 1951

Place: New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Miles Davis trumpet, Walter Bishop, Jr., piano, Teddy Kotick bass, Max Roach drums.

Recording: Commercial for Mercury Records

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, 'Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve,' Disc 6, Verve 837 141-2.

 

1. Au Privave (2:38)

2. Au Privave (Master Take.) (2:43)

3. She Rote (3:09)

4. She Rote (Master Take.) (3:06)

5. K.C. Blues (3:24)

6. Star Eyes, (3:34)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 51-03-12:

 

Date: 12 March 1951

Place: New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Jazzers: Charlie Parker alto sax, Walter Bishop, Jr., piano, Teddy Kotick bass, Roy Haynes drums, Luis Miranda conga, Jose Mangual bongos.

Recording: Commercial for Mercury Records

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, 'Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve,' Disc 6, Verve 837 141-2.

 

1. My Little Suede Shoes (3:03)

2. Un Poquito de tu Amor (2:40)

3. Tico Tico (2:44)

4. Fiesta (2:49)

5. Why Do I Love You (2:58)

6. Why Do I Love You (2:58)

7. Why Do I Love You (Master Take.) (3:05)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 51-03-22:

 

Date: March 22, 1951

Place: Birdland, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker With Strings: Charlie Parker alto sax, Unknown oboe, Unknown sting section, Walter Bishop piano, Teddy Kotick bass, Roy Haynes drums, Symphony Sid Torin presenter.

Recording: Radio Broadcast

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 17, CD Philology W 847.2; Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 11, for items 2 & 3; LP Meexa Discox 1776, for items 2 & 3.

 

1. Easy to Love (1:25) + applause (0:10) into

2. Rocker (2:33) into

3. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (2:08) voice-over (0:12)

     Announcement by Sid with piano in background (0:18)

 

Notes: This was the first of a three week engagement at Birdland for Charlie Parker and Strings, broadcast by the WJZ radio station. The Charlie Parker Perfect Complete issue lists Spring 1951 as the date for this.

 

Charlie Parker Session 51-03-24:

 

Date: 24 March 1951

Place: Birdland, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker With Strings: Charlie Parker alto sax, Unknown oboe, Unknown sting section, Walter Bishop piano, Teddy Kotick bass, Roy Haynes drums, Symphony Sid Torin presenter.

Recording: WJZ Radio Broadcast

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 10; Charlie Parker: Bird at Birdland, Charly CD DIG 16, for 2 - 6, only; CD Birdbox Vol. 10.

 

1. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid theme(:) with voice-over (:) into

     Announcement by Symphony Sid (:)

2. Just Friends (4:29)

3. Everything Happens to Me (2:38)

4. East of the Sun (3:21)

5. Laura (2:58)

6. Dancing in the Dark into

7. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid theme (:) voice-over) (4:16)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 51-03-31:

 

Date: 31 March 1951

Place: Birdland, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Dizzy Gillespie trumpet, Bud Powell piano, Tommy Potter bass, Roy Haynes drums, Symphony Sid Torin presenter.

Recording: WJZ radio Broadcast.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 10; Charlie Parker: Bird at Birdland, Charly CD DIG 16, except for announcement; CD Birdbox Vol. 10; LP Saga 10, which has additional announcements.

 

     Announcement by Symphony Sid

1. Blue 'n' Boogie (7:19)

     Announcement by Symphony Sid

2. Anthropology (5:07)

3. 'Round About Midnight (3:20)

     Announcement by Symphony Sid (CP heard shouting 'Tunisia')

4. Night in Tunisia into

5. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (voice-over) (5:20)

 

Notes: This is an excellent session, bringing Charlie Parker together again with Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell.

 

Charlie Parker Session 51-04-07:

 

Date: 07 April 1951

Place: Birdland, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker With Strings: Charlie Parker alto sax, Unknown oboe, Unknown sting section, Walter Bishop piano, Teddy Kotick bass, Roy Haynes drums, Symphony Sid Torin presenter.

Recording: WJZ radio broadcast.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 10; Charlie Parker: Bird at Birdland, Charly CD DIG 16; CD Birdbox Vol. 10.

 

1. What Is This Thing Called Love? (2:02)

2. Laura (3:31)

3. Repetition (2:43)

     Conversation between Bird and Sid (3:04)

4. They Can't Take That Away From Me (3:07)

5. Easy To Love (2:15)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 51-04-12:

 

Date: 12 April 1951

Place: Christy's Restaurant, Framingham, Mass.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Jamming with Wardell Gray: Charlie Parker alto sax, Wardell Grey ts on 1- 3, Unknown t (perhaps Benny Harris or Joe Gordon) on 3, Nat Pierce piano, Walter Bishop p on 1, & Dick Twardzick p on 3, Teddy Kotick b on 1- 3 & Charlie Mingus b on 4, Roy Haynes d on 1 -3; Max Roach d on 4.

Recording: Private recording or Radio Broadcast

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 11, times from there; also on Birdbox CD Vol. 11.

 

1. Scrapple From the Apple (15:16)

2. Lullaby in Rhythm (12:28)

3. Happy Bird Blues (2:49)

4. I Remember April (10:24)

 

Notes: First issued by Charlie Parker Records as 'The Happy Bird,' where Lullaby is incorrectly listed as I May Be Wrong.

 

Charlie Parker Session 51-04-00:

 

Date: ?? April 1951

Place: Christy's Restaurant, Framingham, Mass.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Benny Harris trumpet, Al Haig piano, Teddy Kotick bass, Roy Haynes drums.

Recording: Private Tape

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 8, CD Philology W 80.2, for items 2-7 only; Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 16, CD Philology W 846.2, for items 1, 8, & 9); CD EPM FDC 5711.

 

1. Fifty-Second Street Theme (I) (3:54) + brief CP announcement at 1:51 - 1:55

2. Perdido (3:54)

3. Out of Nowhere (3:22) into Country Gardens Tag) (0:07) into

4. Ornithology (3:44) into

5. Ladybird (3:20) into

6. Little Willie Leaps (2:56) into

7. Star Eyes (3:39) (Incomplete.)

8. Fifty-Second Street Theme (II) (2:43) + applause (0:07) into

9. I Can't Get Started (0:43)

10. The Way You Look Tonight (?:??) (Unissued.)

11. Fifty-Second Street Theme (III) (?:??) (Unissued.)

12. Noodling (?:??) (Unissued.)

13. Groovin' High (?:??) (Unissued.)

 

Notes: Bregman et al, 1993, suggest 21 April as the date for this session, however Vail, 1996 p. 100, places CP at Uline's Arena in Washington DC., at this date, providing a copy of a newspaper cutting of a review of Parker and Johnny Hodges playing opposite each other there on this date.

     (Items 10 - 13 not in my collection.)

 

Charlie Parker Session 51-00-00:

 

Date: Spring 1951.

Place: Birdland, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Dizzy Gillespie trumpet, Billy Taylor piano, Tommy Potter bass, Roy Haynes drums.

Recording: VOA radio broadcast

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 11; Charlie Parker: Bird at Birdland, Charly CD DIG 16, with announcements?; CD Birdbox Vol. 11, without announcements.

 

     Announcement by Leonard Feather & CP Voice (:)

1. How High the Moon/Ornithology (5:22)

2. Hot House (3:40)

3. Embraceable You (3:40)

     Announcement by Leonard Feather

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 51-00-00:

 

Date: Spring 1951

Place: New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Interviewed by Leonard Feather

Recording: VOA Radio Broadcast

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 9, CD Philology W 120.2.

 

     Interview with Leonard Feather (5:57)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 51-06-23:

 

Date: 23 June 1951

Place: Eastern Parkway Ballroom, Brooklyn, New York.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet: Charlie Parker alto sax, unknown trumpet, Al Haig piano, Teddy Kotick drums, Roy Haynes drums.

Recording: Private recording.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 16, CD Philology W 846.2, for items 1, 5, 13 - 15 and 17; Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 1/4, CD Philology W 5/18-2, for items 2 - 4, 6 - 10 and 12; CD EPM FDC 5711, for items 2 - 4, 6 - 10, 12 and 16; Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 7, CD Philology W 57-2, for items 11& 16.

 

1. Fifty-Second Street Theme (I) (2:02)

2. Ornithology (3:46)

3. Embraceable You (2:48)

4. Steeplechase (aka Merry-Go-Round) (5:00)

5. Fifty-Second Street Theme (II) (0:38)

6. Now's the Time (3:53)

7. Be My Love (2:45) into

8. April in Paris (1:04) into

9. Dance of the Infidels into

10. Fifty-Second Street Theme (III) (3:15)

11. Wee (4:14)

12. This Time the Dreams on Me (4:33)

13. Don't Blame Me (3:01)

14. A Night in Tunisia (3:34)

15. All the Things You Are (4:19)

16. Cool Blues (3:02)

17. Fifty-Second Street Theme IV (0:39)

 

Notes: The sound quality is obviously of a large, echoing, ballroom. According to Bregman et al., 1993, there is said to be another hour of this music in existence.

 

Charlie Parker Session 51-06-25 to 51-07-01:

 

Date: 25 June ' 01 July 1951

Place: Veterans Administration Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Sextet: Charlie Parker alto sax, and possibly Red Rodney or Benny Harris trumpet, Wardell Gray tenor sax, Walter Bishop piano, Teddy Kotick bass, Roy Haynes drums, Sarah Vaughan vocal on 3.

Recording: Private recording.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 5/6 CD Philology W 19/29-2, for items 1 - 5; EPM FDC 5711, for items 2, 4 and 5.

 

1. Cool Blues (Incomplete.) (3:36)

2. Out of Nowhere (Incomplete.) (1:43) applause over end

3. This Is Always (3:20)

4. Now's the Time (2:33)

5. Scrapple From the Apple (Incomplete.) (1:56)

6. Thriving on a Riff (?:??) (Unissued.)

7. Blue n' Boogie (?:??) (Unissued.)

 

Notes: The beginning of item 1 is omitted, and from 1:40 the sound levels suddenly dip with the trumpet solo, returning at 2:17. Item 3 sounds like it is being recorded in the toilet, with Sara Vaughan's vocals somewhere in an echoi distance and Parker's legato, equally echoi, sounding at first like it was dubbed on top. Item 5 ends abruptly in the trumpet solo.

     Vail, 1996 p 102, reproduces two receipts dated June 25 and 26, respectively, signed by Charlie Parker for an engagement at Club 421 in Philadelphia, concluding that he probably played for a week there, beginning Monday 25 June, this would suggest that the above, before that he was playing in Birdland until 20 June, and Eastern Parkway Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York, the session above.

     (Items 6 ' 7 not in my collection.)

 

Charlie Parker Session 51-07-22:

 

Date: 22 July 1951

Place: Municipal Arena, Kansas City

Musicians: Woody Herman Orchestra: Woody Herman clarinet, alto sax, Charlie Parker alto sax, Dick Hafer, Bill Perkins, and Kenny Pinson tenot sax, Sam Staff baritone sax, Roy Caton, Don Fagerquist and Doug Macombe, trumpet, Jerry Dorn, Urbie Green and Fred Lewis trombone, Dave McKenna piano, Red Wooten bass, Sonny Igoe drums.

Recording: Private recording

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 23, CD Philology W 854.2; Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34, Vol. 12, for items 1-9; Birdbox Vol. 12.

 

1. You Go To My Head (3:02)

2. Leo the Lion I (3:01)

3. Cuban Holiday (3:00)

4. The Nearness of You (3:28)

5. Lemon Drop (3:37)

6. The Goof and I (3:37)

7. Laura (2:51)

8. Four Brothers (3:44)

9. Leo the Lion (II) (3:04)

10. More Moon. (3:35) (Unissued.)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 51-08-00:

 

Date: ?? August 1951

Place: Lenny Tristano's House, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker alto sax, Lenny Tristano piano, Kenny Clark brushes on telephone book.

Recording: Private recording.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, 'Bird's Eyes, Last Unissued,' Vol. 1/4 Philology CD W 5/18-2; Charlie Parker 'More Unissued' Vol , Royal Jazz RJD 505.

 

1. All of Me (3:17)

2. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me (4:23)

 

Notes: This is an extremely interesting set. It is believed that these items originated from Chan Parker's collection, and that these may not be the only ones she has.

     Information for the Royal Jazz issue kindly supplied by Richard Legault.

 

Charlie Parker Session 51-08-08:

 

Date: 08 August 1951

Place: Possibly RCA, 24th Street Studios, New York City, NY..

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Red Rodney trumpet, John Lewis piano, Ray Brown bass, Kenny Clarke drums.

Recording: Commercial for Mercury Records

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, 'Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve,' Disc 6, Verve 837 141-2.

 

1. Blues for Alice (2:46)

2. Si Si (2:38)

3. Swedish Schnapps (3:13)

4. Swedish Schnapps (Master Take.) (3:10)

5. Back Home Blues (2:35)

6. Back Home Blues (Master Take.) (2:46)

7. where Charlie Parker (3:21)

 

Notes: On the Verve disc the group is described as 'Charlie Parker and His Orchestra,' where on most discographies it is listed as above. This is the only studio date with Red Rodney. Item 1 is marvelous. This is also the first studio recording played Lover Man, in a relatively restrained manner. It was the fourth recorded version of it that exists since that date, indicating that Charlie Parker was not averse to playing Lover Man in a live situation.

     Despite CP having played numerous live dates in the interim, there is a large lacunae here; there are no live recordings in existence for the next four months.

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-01-23:

 

Date: 23 January 1952.

Place: New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker and His Orchestra: Charlie Parker alto sax, Al Porcino, Chris Griffin, & Bernie Privin trumpet, Will Bradley, & Bill Harris tb, Murray Williams, & Toots Mondello alto sax, Hank Ross, & Artie Drelinger tenor sax, Stan Webb baritone sax, unknown oboe, Unknown flute, probably Sam Caplan violin, concert master, possible Sylvan Shulman, Jack Zayde violin, 5 unknown violin, 2 unknown viola, 2 unknown cello, Verley Mills harp, Lou Stein piano, Art Reyson guitar, Bob Haggart bass, Don Lamond drums, Joe Lipmsan, arranger and conductor.

Recording: Commercial for Mercury Records.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, 'Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve,' Disc 7, Verve 837 141-2.

 

1. Temptation (3:31)

2. Lover (3:06)

3. Autumn in New York (3:29)

4. Stella by Starlight (2:56)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-01-28:

 

Date: 28 January 1952

Place: New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker South of the Border Band: Charlie Parker alto sax, Benny Harris trumpet, Walter Bishop, Jr., piano, Teddy Kotick bass, Max Roach drums, Jose Mangual bongos, Luis Miranda congas.

Recording: Commercial for Mercury Records

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, 'Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve,' Disc 7, Verve 837 141-2.

 

1. Mama Inez (2:50)

2. La Cucaracha (3:24)

3. La Cucaracha (Incomplete.) (0:49)

4. La Cucaracha (False Start.) (0:10)

5. La Cucaracha (Master Take.) (2:43)

6. Estrellita (Incomplete.) (1:57)

7. Estrellita (2:46)

8. Estrellita (False Start.) (0:04)

9. Estrellita (Master Take.) (2:44)

10. Begin the Beguine (3:12)

11. La Paloma (2:39)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-02-24:

 

Date: 24 February 1952

Place: Dumont TV Network, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie: Charlie Parker alto sax, Dizzy Gillespie trumpet, Dick Hyman piano, Jack Lesberg bass, Charlie Smith drums.

Recording: TV Broadcast on Channel 5, New York.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 9, CD Philology W 120.2; Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 12; XII. Charlie Parker, Bird: Rarities from Private collections. 1950 - 53, Rarities Suisa ; Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 21 CD Philology W 851.2; Videotape Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker.

 

     Announcement by Earl Wilson, Leonard Feather and Charlie Parker (1:00) into

1. Hot House (3:30) + applause (0:03)

 

Notes: This is where Charlie Parker receives the Downbeat award best alto saxophone player for 1951, and Dizzy Gillespie is given the award for the best trumpet players of all time, and when asked to comment CP states that he would rather the music spoke, as music speaks louder than words.

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-03-25:

 

Date: 25 March 1952

Place: New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Big Band: Charlie Parker alto sax, Jimmy Maxwell, Carl Poole, Al Porcino, & Bernie Priven trumpet, Bill Harris, Lou McGarity, & Bart Varsalona trb, Harry Terrill, Murray, & Williams alto sax, Flip Phillips, & Hank Ross tenor sax, Danny Banks bar s, Oscar Peterson piano, Freddie Green gtrumpet, Ray Brown bass, Dan Lomand drums, Joe Lippman arranger & conductor.

Recording: Commercial for Mercury Records

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, 'Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve,' Disc 7, Verve 837 141-2.

 

1. Night and Day (2:50)

2. Almost Like Being In Love (2:33)

3. I Can't Get Started (3:08)

4. What Is This Thing Called Love? (2:36)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-03-25:

 

Date: Evening, 25 March 1952

Place: Loew's Valencia Theater, Jamaica, New York

Musicians: Jerry Jerome Jazz Concert: Charlie Parker alto sax, Buddy DeFranco c, Bill Harris tb, Dick Cary piano, Eddie Safranski bass, Don Lamond drums.

Recording: Private recording.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 8, CD Philology W 80.2.

 

1. Ornithology (8:17) + applause (0:03)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-02-25:

 

Date: Probably 25 March 1952.

Place: Loew's King Theater, Brooklyn, New York

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quartet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Teddy Wilson piano, Eddie Safranski bass, Don Lamond drums.

Recording: Private recording.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 8, CD Philology Vol. 8 W 80.2; Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 12.

 

1. Cool Blues (4:22)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-06-05:

 

Date: 05 June 1952.

Place: Loew's King Theater, Brooklyn, New York

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quartet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Teddy Wilson piano, Eddie Safranski bass, Don Lamond drums.

Recording: Private recording.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 8, CD Philology Vol. 8 W 80.2; Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 12.

 

1. Cool Blues (4:16)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-06-05:

 

Date: 05 June 1952

Place: Hollywood, California

Musicians: JATP type Recording Session: Charlie Parker, Benny Carter, & Johnny Hodges alto sax, Ben Webster, & Flip Phillips tenor sax, Charlie Chavers trumpet, Oscar Peterson piano, Barney Kessel gtrumpet, Ray Brown bass, J. C. Heard drums.

Recording: Commercial for Mercury Records.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, 'Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve,' Disc 8, Verve 837 141-2.

 

1. Jam Blues (14:42)

2. What Is This Thing Called Love (15:51)

3. Dearly Beloved (?:??)

4. Funky Blues (13:27)

 

Notes: The date of the 5th is from Vail 1996, p. 110.

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-06-16:

 

Date: 16 June 1952

Place: Trade Winds Club, Inglewood, California

Musicians: Harry Babasin All Stars: Charlie Parker alto sax, Sonny Criss alto sax, Chet Baker trumpet, Al Haig p except 3, Russ Freeman p item 3 only, Harry Babasin bass, Lawrence Marable drums.

Recording: Private recording

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 12 - 13. Item 2 is listed as They Didn't Believe Me; CD Birdbox Vols. 12 -13; Inglewood Jam, Bird and Chet Live at the Trade Winds, Fresh Sounds FSR-CD 17.

 

1. The Squirrel (15:00)

2. Irresistible You (aka They Didn't Believe Me) (6:21)

3. Indiana (Donna Lee) (11:25)

4. Liza (10:13)

 

Notes: This is the only recording of CP with Sonny Criss, and one of the earliest of Chet Baker, before he took to attempting to sing.

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-07-08:

 

Date: 08 July 1952

Place: Jirahr Zorthian's ranch at the end of Fair Oaks Avenue in Altadena, California.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Jam Session: Charlie Parker, & Frank Morgan alto sax, Don Wilkerson tenor sax, Chet Baker t on item 10, Amos Trice piano, Dave Bailey bass, Larance Marable drums.

Recording: Private recording.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source:

 

1. Scrapple from the Apple (?:??) (Unissued.)

2. Au Privave/Dance of the Infidels (?:??) (Unissued.)

 

Notes:

     (All not in my collection.)

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-07-14:

 

Date: 14 July 1952.

Place: Jirahr Zorthian's ranch at the end of Fair Oaks Avenue, Altadena, California.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Jam Session: Charlie Parker, & Frank Morgan alto sax, Don Wilkerson tenor sax, Amos Trice piano, Dave Bailey bass, Larance Marable drums.

Recording: Private recording.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 8, CD Philology 80.2, items 3 and 4 only; Charlie Parker 'More Unissued' Vol , Royal Jazz RJD 505, items 3 and 4 only.

 

1. Night in Tunisia (?:??) (Unissued.)

2. How High The Moon/Ornithology (?:??) (Unissued.)

3. Embraceable You (2:51)

4. Hot House (3:46)

 

Notes: The Philology issue places these items as spring 1952, at Julie McDonald's place in Hollywood California, with Charlie Parker Quintet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Teddy Edwards tenor sax, Unknown piano, Unknown bass, Roy Haynes d except item 3, and Lawrence Marable drums, item 4. In the background of item 3 voices can be heard shouting, take it off, and cheering, clapping, and laughing, as at a striptease.

     Information for the Royal Jazz issue kindly supplied by Richard Legault.

     (Items 1 - 2 not in my collection.)

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-07-28:

 

Date: 28 July 1952.

Place: Jirahr Zorthian's ranch at the end of Fair Oaks Avenue, Altadena, California.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Jam Session: Charlie Parker, & Frank Morgan alto sax, Don Wilkerson tenor sax, Chet Baker t on item 4, Amos Trice piano, Dave Bailey bass, Larance Marable drums.

Recording: Private recording.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source:

 

1. Untitled Blues (?:??) (Unissued.)

2. Cool Blues (?:??) (Unissued.)

3. Dixie/Yankee Doodle into I Got Rhythm contrafact (?:??) (Unissued.)

4. Scrapple from the Apple (?:??) (Unissued.)

 

Notes:

     (All not in my collection.)

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-09-20:

 

Date: 20 September 1952

Place: Birdland, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quartet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Duke Jordan piano, Charles Mingus bass, Phil Brown drums.

Recording: Radio Broadcast

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 9, CD Philology W 120.2; Charlie Parker: Bird at Birdland, Charly CD DIG 16 Disc 4; Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 13; Birdbox Vol. 13.

 

     Announcement into

1. Ornithology (5:52) into

2. Fifty-Second Street Theme (with announcement) (4:54)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-09-26:

 

Date: 26 September 1952

Place: Rockland Palace, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet with Strings: Charlie Parker alto sax, Walter Bishop piano, Mundell Lowe gtr except 13 & 14, Teddy Kotick bass, Max Roach drums, Unknown oboe, Unknown Strings section on items 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 25, 26, 30, & 31.

Recording: Private tape, recorded by Chan Parker, and others.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker with his Quintet and Strings, The Complete Legendary Rockland Palace Concert September 26, 1952, Jazz Classics Records, CD-JCL-5014, times taken from there; on Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 13 - 14, for items 10, 13 & 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, & 31; Birdbox Vols. 13-14, CD JUTB 3013 & JUTB 3014, for items 10, 13 & 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, & 31; Private Tape items 1 - 27.

 

1. East of the Sun (I) (3:31)

2. What Is This Thing Called Love (I) (2:24)

3. Stardust (4:07)

4. Ornithology (3:09)

5. Easy to Love (I) (1:53)

6. Just Friends (I) (Incomplete.) (2:33)

7. Dancing in the Dark (3:44)

8. Gold Rush (aka, Rock Salt, Turnstile) (4:17)

9. Don't Blame Me (2:30) + Country Gardens tag (0:10)

10. April in Paris (3:09)

11. Repetition (I) (2:51)

12. Everything Happens To Me (Incomplete.) (2:08)

13. Sly Mongoose (3:42)

14. Sly Mongoose (II) (Incomplete.) (1:46)

15. Rocker (I) (4:27) (Background chat, whistling of tune)

16. Laura (3:25)

17. Lester Leaps In (4:25) + applause (0:05) + short pause (0:02) Parker noodling (0:26)

18. Out of Nowhere (s) (3:04)

19. I Didn't Know What Time It Was (2:54)

20. I'll Remember April (2:26) straight into CP Noodling Between Tunes (0:12)

21. Cool Blues (3:28)

22. East of the Sun (II) (3:21)

23. Just Friends (II) (3:20)

24. My Little Suede Shoes (5:16)

25. What Is This Thing Called Love (II) (s) (2:20) (CP quotes This time the Dream's on Me in his solo)

26. Repetition (II) (2:57)

27. This Time the Dream's On Me (7:17)

28. Moose the Mooche (I) (4:05)

29. Star Eyes (Incomplete.) (2:07)

30. Rocker (II) (Incomplete.) (5:39)

31. Easy to Love (II) (2:04)

32. Moose the Mooche (II) (?:??) (Unissued.)

33. Fifty Second Street Theme (II) (?:??) (Unissued.)

 

Notes: This, a benefit concert held for arrested leaders of the Communist Party, is one of these rather confusing sessions, that were partly released in the past, but none too transparently in discographical terms. Chan Parker recorded this on a tape recorder that CP gave her as a birthday present, and that is, I presume, the principle source of the recordings, but there is also at least one other recording source for some, if not all, of the items listed here, issued and unissued. Indeed, for item 17, Jazz Classics have synthesised two recording sources to create a pseudo-stereo version, and for other items they spliced parts together according to what they thought had the best sound (I am suspicious though that some of these have actually mixed different takes together, but that needs much closer listening to confirm). It is uncertain if any of the issued recordings came from Chan Parker's tape, although those released on Parker Records could have. There is another issue, by Collector Connoisseur which states that it is issued with permission of the CP estate, which needs to be investigated

     Jazz Classics have provided the fullest, if not flawless, issue to date; this is a two CD issue, which contains more errors than first appears. The most obvious is that the listing for the tracks on the second disc is completely out of sequence; the listing above from 18 - 33 is how these items are found on the disc, at least in terms of the title order (more will be said about this); the actual listing on the liner notes is: 1. Out of Nowhere; 2. I Didn't Know What Time it Was; 3. Cool Blues; 4. Star Eyes; 5. I'll Remember April; 6. My Little Suede Shoes; 7. Repetition (II); 8. East of the Sun (II); 9. What is this thing Called Love (II); 10. Moose the Mooche; 11. Just Friends (II); 12. Easy to Love (II); 13. This Time the Dream's on Me; 14. Rocker (II). There is the possibility that some of the items marked above as the second rendition of a tune may in actual fact be the first, and vice versa. Also, items 4, and 24, are marked as with strings (perhaps because 4 has a very strong hall echo at points creating an illusion of strings, but no strings can be heard; items 8 and 21a, and Rocker (II) end with a fade out, rendering them incomplete.

     Some of these items were released on Charlie Parker Records, CP (2) 502, and Charlie Parker Records PLP401, and CP 513, the latter two are listed as the source for the items released on Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, and, presumably, the Birdbox CD issue, on the first of these the items appear in the following sequence and they time thus:

1. Rocker (4:13, fading out); 2. Moose the Mooche (5:15); 3. Just Friends (3:16); 4. My Little Suede Shoes (4:29) / I'll Remember April (theme) (1:28) (the listed total time is 5:51, the actual is 5:57,); 5. Sly Mongoose; 6. Laura (3:12); 7. Star Eyes (Incomplete.) (2:29 fades out) ; 8. This Time the Dream's on Me (6:51); 9. Easy to Love (1:59); 10. Cool Blues (3:31); What is this thing Called Love? (2:13); 11. Repetition (2:50); 12. Lester Leaps In (4:03); 13. East of the Sun (3:23); 14. April in Paris (3:01); 15. Out of Nowhere (2:58); and 16. Rocker (5:39).

     The Bird Box issue lists My Little Suede Shoes (4:29) as running continuously into I'll Remember April (theme) (1:28) a total listed time of 5:51, actual of 5:57, where on Jazz Classics it has a listed time of 5:31, an actual of 5:16, and in the Burton discography it is listed as incomplete; neither seems incomplete in any sense! thus it seems safe to conclude that this is the complete issue.

     The mostly recent Parker net discography states, somewhat inaccurately, that the following, Strings Theme (s) (with no Bird on it ) Bird Warming Up, Bird Noodling Between Tunes, are on the Birdbox disc by are not on the Jazz Classics release. In listening to both and my timings of the tracks shows that the Strings Theme is indeed on CCPC, but not on Jazz Classics, but if this is the same item, then CP can clearly be heard on it. The other two are on the Jazz Classics issue but not on the Birdbox one, not on the Soundhills reissue of it, which seems to have been an accurate replication of the original, by comparing it with the Bregman et al, discography.

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-10-17:

 

Date: 17 October 1952

Place: Howard Theater, Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Tentet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Zoot Sims ts items 3 & 5, Charlie Walp t on items 3 & 5, Earl Swope & Rob Swope trombone on items 3 & 5, Charlie Byrd gtrumpet, Bill Shanahan piano, Merton Oliver bass, Don Lamond drums, Unknown bongos.

Recording: Private recording for broadcast, show; Jazz at Midnight.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 14, for items 1 - 4, Birdbox Vol. 14, CD JUTB 3014, for items 1-4; LP VGM 0009 for items 1 - 5; CD Royal 505, for item 6.

 

1. Scrapple From the Apple (5:38)

2. Out of Nowhere (4:13) into

3. Now's the Time into

4. Fifty-Second Street Theme (8:26)

5. Cool Blues (I) (4:28)

6. Cool Blues (II) (Incomplete.) (?:??)

 

Notes: The Bregman et al, 1993, discography places a question mark beside both Charlie Walp's and Bill Shanahan's names, suggesting there is an element of doubt concerning their involvement; on the other hand Vail, 1996, expresses no doubt, but it is very possible that he sourced this from Bregman et al.,

     (Items 5 - 6 not in my collection.)

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-11-01:

 

Date: 01 November 1952

Place: Birdland, New York

Musicians: Charlie Parker With the Milt Jackson Quartet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Milt Jackson vibraphone, John Lewis piano, Percy Heath drums, Kenny Clarke drums, Bob Garretty m.c.

Recording: Radio broadcast

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 14; Charlie Parker: Bird at Birdland, Charly CD DIG 16 Disc 4; CD Birdbox Vol. 14, JUTB 3014; Trans-Ark 1001 for items 1 - 2; Klacto MG 101.

 

1. How High the Moon (5:17) + applause (0:06) into

2. Embraceable You (3:07) into

3. Fifty-Second Street Theme (Incomplete.) (0:20)

 

Notes: During item 1 CP quotes a western theme. Embraceable You has a very interesting piano introduction by Lewis, CP quotes at 1:40, This Time the Dreams on Me, item 3 is taken at a high pace by Parker, unfortunately it ends with a fade out.

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-11-14:

 

Date: November 14, 1952

Place: Carnegie Hall, New York

Musicians: Charlie Parker With Strings: Charlie Parker alto sax, Walter Bishop piano, Walter Yost bass, Roy Haynes drums, Candido (conga) Unknown oboe, Teddy Blume violin, Unkown string section, Bob Garrity (m.c.)

Recording: WNBC Radio Broadcast, 8:30 p.m. Broadcast

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 1/4, CD Philology CD Philology W 5/18-2, for items 1 & 2; Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 15, for items 3 - 4; CD Birdbox Vol. 15 JUTB CD 3015, for items 3 - 4.

 

1. Just Friends (3:02) into

2. Strings Theme and announcement (0:17)

3. Easy to Love (2:28)

4. Repetition (4:50)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-11-15:

 

Date: November 15, 1952

Place: Carnegie Hall, New York

Musicians: Charlie Parker With Strings: Charlie Parker alto sax, Dizzy Gillespie trumpet, Walter Bishop piano, Walter Yost bass, Roy Haynes drums, Candido (conga) Unknown oboe, Teddy Blume violin, Unkown string section, Bob Garrity (m.c.)

Recording: WNBC radio broadcast of midnight concert

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 15; CD Birdbox Vol. 15 JUTB CD 3015; Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 1/4, CD Philology W5/18-2, for item 1; Zuzazz LP, items 4-5.

 

1. Just Friends (3:25)

2. Easy to Love (2:29)

     announcement by CP (0:14)

3. Repetition into

     Strings Theme (5:42)

4. Night In Tunisia (8:43)

5. Fifty-Second Street Theme (2:28)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-12-00:

 

Date: ?? December 1952

Place: Apollo Theater, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Billie Holiday vocal, Charlie Parker alto sax, Dizzy Gillespie trumpet, Billie Holiday vocal

Recording: Broadcast

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 8, CD Philology CD Philology W 80.2.

 

1. Mop Mop with announcements (0:34) into

2. Tenderly (2:16) announcements and applause at end (0:04)

 

Notes: The Bregman discography locates this item between 1 - 7 December 1952, but Vail has CP in Philadelphia on December 1st, when he sent a telegram Chan, and in Springfeild, MA with Milt Buckner's trio, for which he was paid $300, making this unlikely. Philology issue dates this item as 10 December 1952, but there is a sequence of telegrams from Parker in Boston from 9 - 13 December to Chan, which rules that out also. Furthermore, while Billie Holiday appeared opposite CP in the earlier Carnagie Hall event, making it possible this is the time of the recording the announcer is not Bob Garrity.

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-12-14:

 

Date: Sunday afternoon, 14 December 1952.

Place: Hi Hat, Boston, Mass.

Musicians: Charlie Parker: Charlie Parker alto sax, Joe Gordon trumpet, Dick Twardzick piano, Charlie Mingus bass, Roy Haynes drums, Symphony Sid Torin, m.c., Ken Malden, closing announcement.

Recording:

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, Boston, 1952, Uptown CD, Uptown UPCD 27.42.

 

1. Introduction; piano warm-up, Symphony Sid introduces CP and (0:56)

2. Ornithology (4:10) + applause, announcement (0:07)

     Introduction (0:05) to,

3. Cool Blues (5:21)

     Introduction (0:11) to,

4. Groovin' High (5:22) + applause (0:05)

     Introduction (1:00) to,

5. Don't Blame Me (8:52) + applause (0:05)

Introduction (0:04)

6. Scrapple From the Apple (5:54) applause (0:02)

Introduction (0:06) to,

7. Cheryl (5:20) straight into:

8. Theme; Jumpin With Symphony Sid, fades out with Ken Malden voices over music. (2:20)

 

Notes: In the introduction, Symphony Sid talks with Parker, when Parker states that this is the last night of a week stint in Boston, the Charlie Parker Diary states that Parker opened in the Hi Hat in Boston on December 8, 1952, and closed on December 14, 1952, giving this date added credibility. Symphony Sid introduces each member of the band individually before item 5, curiously the first 1:00 of the introduction does not register on the CD.

 

Charlie Parker Session 30-12-30 ' 53-01-00:

 

Date: 30 December 1952 - January 1953

Place: New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quartet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Al Haig piano, Percy Heath bass, Max Roach drums.

Recording: Commercial for Mercury Records

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, Bird, The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve, Disc 9, CD Verve 837 141-2.

 

1. The Song Is You (2:56)

2. Laird Baird (2:44)

3. Kim (2:58)

4. Kim (Master Take.) (2:58)

5. Cosmic Rays (Master Take.) (3:05)

6. Cosmic Rays (3:16)

 

Notes: Great music, CP wrote Laird Baird for his son Laird Parker, and Kim for his stepdaughter, Kim.

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-01-30:

 

Date: 30 January 1953

Place: New York City, NY.

Musicians: Miles Davis Sextet: Miles Davis trumpet, Charlie Parker tenor sax, Sonny Rollins tenor sax, Walter Bishop, Jr. piano, Percy Heath bass, Philly Joe Jones (d)

Recording: Commercial for Prestige

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Miles Davis, The Complete Prestige Recordings, CD Prestige VICJ-40229 - 40232, Disc 2.

 

1. Compulsion (5:44)

2. The Serpent's Tooth (Take I) (7:00)

3. The Serpent's Tooth (Take II) (6:16)

4. 'Round About Midnight (7:05)

 

Notes: Curiously, but not uniquely for sessions CP recorded as a side-man for Miles CP plays tenor saxophone, which may have been more interesting had the circumstances been different, but then again perhaps not given that what followed was much the norm for CP. The story is that this session was another that almost became a complete failure: a bottle of gin was sent for, for the band, and Parker drank all of it in one long swallow (one take?), then promptly fell asleep. Miles became incensed because of that, packed up his trumpet, and was ready to walk out, luckily he was placated and stayed. Parker woke again, and in the little of the time booked for the studio remaining they session took remarkably producing these recordings.

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-02-05:

 

Date: 05 February 1953

Place: Jazz Workshop Program, CBC-TV, Montreal, Canada

Musicians: Charlie Parker: Charlie Parker alto sax, Brew Moore tenor sax, Paul Bley piano, Dick Garcia guitar, Niel Michaud bass, Ted Paskert drums.

Recording: TV Broadcast

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker Montreal, CD Uptown UPCD 27.36, times listed here from there; Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 9, CD Philology W 120. 2, without the announcements; Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 21, CD Philology W 851.2; Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 15; CD Birdbox Vol. 15, JUTB CD 3015.

 

     Announcement with CP speaking (0:31)

1. Cool Blues (1:46)

     applause & announcements of Brew Moore (0:23)

2. Bernies Tune (2:42)

     applause & announcements CP speaking (0:34)

3. Don't Blame Me (2:55)

     applause & announcements (0:26)

4. Wahoo (aka Perdido) (3:02)

     announcement (0:23)

 

Notes: The Uptown issue is excellent, providing detailed background information about the recording, transcriptions of the solos and biographies of all the musicians. Unfortunately the film footage was destroyed by the TV station. In the introduction CP wrongly states that Cool Blues was recorded for Dial in 1948, when it actually was recorded February 19, 1947. The Philology Vol. 21 issue sleeve notes comment on the Uptown's release, here the announcement times at 0:32; Cool Blues at 2:16, with announcements of Brew Moore and applause of 0:25 into Bernie's Tune at 3:00, into announcement and CP (who again incorrectly states that the piece was recorded for Dial 1948, actually it was 04 November 1947) applause 0:35 into Don't Blame Me 3:00, applause 0:05. Item 4 is announced as Perdido.

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-02-07.

 

Date: 07 February 1953.

Place: Chez Paree Night Club, Montreal, Canada

Musicians: Charlie Parker and Local Rhythm Section: Charlie Parker as except 3, Dick Garcia guitar, Valdo Williams p on 1 - 3, Steep Wade p on 4 - 6, Hal Gaylor b on 1 - 3, Bob Rudd b on 4 - 6 , Billy Graham d on 1 - 3, Bobby Maloy d on 4 - 6.

Recording: Private recording

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker Montreal, CD Uptown UPCD 27.36; Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 9, CD Philology W 120.2, for Items 1 and 5 only; Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 15, for items 1 & 4 only; CD Birdbox Vol. 15 JUTB CD 3015, for items 1 & 5 only.

 

     Announcements (0:50)

1. Ornithology (aka How High the Moon) (3:56) + applause (0:12)

2. Cool Blues (7:26) + applause (0:05)

3. I'll Remember April (5:39)

4. Moose the Mooche (5:07)

     applause and Charlie Parker announcement into (0:24)

5. Embraceable You (3:00) - 0:20

     applause CP thanks audience and announces next tune (0:44)

6. Now's the Time (7:06) + applause (0:14)

 

Notes: On this occasion Parker correctly attribute Now's the Time to 1945, for Savoy. On the Philology release item 1 is misspelled as Ornitology, which is actually introduced as How High the Moon.

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-02-16:

 

Date: 16 February 1953

Place: Bandbox, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker with the Harris - Jackson Herd: Charlie Parker alto sax, Charlie Mariano alto sax, Harry Johnson tenor sax, Bill Harris trb, Chubby Jackson bass, Sonny Truitt piano, Morey Feld drums, announcement by Leonard Feather during tune

Recording: Radio Broadcast

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 9, CD Philology W 120.2; Charlie Parker: Bird at Birdland, Charly CD DIG 16 Disc 4; Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 15; CD Birdbox Vol. 15 JUTB CD 3015.

 

1. Your Father's Mustache (5:10)

 

Notes: There is some variability in the sound quality of this piece, with perhaps marginally better quality on the Charly issue.

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-02-22:

 

Date: 22 February 1953

Place: Club Kavakos, Washington, D.C.

Musicians: Charlie Parker with the Joe Theimer Orchestra: Charlie Parker, & Jim Riley alto sax, Angelo Tompros, & Ben Lary tenor sax, Jack Nimitz bar s, Ed Leddy, Marky Markowitz, Charlie Walp, Bob Carey, & Jon Eardley trumpet, Earl Swope, Rob Swope, & Don Spiker trombone, Jack Holiday piano, Merton Oliver bass, Joe Theimer drums.

Recording: Private recording.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes, Last Unissued, Vol. 22, Philology CD W 852.2; LP Electra Musician E1-60019.

 

1. Fine and Dandy (3:22)

2. These Foolish Things (3:17)

3. Light Green (3:31)

4. Thou Swell (3:48)

5. Willis (5:18)

6. Don't Blame Me (3:05)

7. Medley;

     Something to Remember You By;

     Blue Room;

     Back and Forth (3:12)

8. Round House (3:05)

 

Notes: For item 7 Bregman et al., list something to Remember you By, Blue Room, the listing for Back and Forth is from the Philology disc. According to Vail 1996 p. 122, the orchestra was The Joe Theimer Orchestra and CP played for a flat fee of $50.

 

Charlie Parker Session 52-00-00 or 53-00-00:

 

Date: Sometime in 1952 or 1953

Place: Somewhere in New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Jam Session: Charlie Parker alto sax, John Nielson trumpet, possibly Charlie Kennedy alto sax, Unknown piano, Unknown bass, Freddie Gruber drums.

Recording: Private recording.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 20, CD Philology W 850.2.

 

1. Groovin' High (4:14)

2. The Great Lie (4:17)

3. Unnamed Blues (3:59)

4. How High the Moon (4:32)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-03-08 or 53-03-10:

 

Date: 08 or 10 March 1953

Place: Storyville Club, Copley Square Hotel, Boston, Mass.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quartet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Red Garland piano, Bernie Griggs bass, Roy Haynes drums, John McLellan (aka John T. Fitch) m.c..

Recording: Private recording, radio broadcast WHDH Boston, possibly by George Wein.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker at Storyville, Blue Note 0777 7 856108 2 6: Blue Note BT85108.

 

1. Moose the Mooche (5:05) + applause (0:06)

2. I'll Walk Alone (4:51)

3. Ornithology (4:22)

     applause (0:02) into

4. Out of Nowhere (Incomplete.) (4:34) + voice-over (3:40 - 4:22)

 

Notes: Item 4 ends with a fade out. Nice clean recording, if the drums are somewhat distant. Originally in Bregman et al, 1993, this was listed as March 10 with the statement that it was a Sunday afternoon 3 - 6pm, recording, however March 10 of that year was a Tuesday, March 08 is Sunday, thus the above date. However, the sleeve notes state that WHDH station did live broadcasts from the club on Tuesdays, and the announcer states that this is a night broadcast and Parker was playing through to Sunday with a Sunday matinee performance; is it simply that this was recorded on the first Sunday matinee and broadcast as live on the Tuesday? This is a highly interesting recording with Red Garland, in part because it is the only one.

     Incidentally Bregman et al. incorrectly state that the club was located in the Hotel Buckminster.

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-03-23:

 

Date: 23 March 1953

Place: Bandbox, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker with the Milt Buckner Trio: Charlie Parker alto sax, Milt Buckner organ, Bernie McKay gtrumpet, Cornelius Thomas drums.

Recording: Radio Broadcast

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 15; CD Birdbox Vol. 15, JUTB CD 3015; Klacto MG501.

 

     Conversation between Leonard Feather and Bird

1. Groovin' High (3:49)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-03-30:

 

Date: 30 March 1953

Place: Bandbox, Broadway, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quartet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Walter Bishop piano, Kenny O'Brien bass, Roy Haynes drums, Leonard Feather, & Bob Garrity, m.c.'s.

Recording: Radio broadcast

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 21, CD Philology W 851.2, Items 1-9; Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 16; CD Birdbox Vol. 16, JUTB CD 3016.

 

1. Caravan (Incomplete.) (0:30) + voice-over (0:08 - 0:53) into

2. Cool Blues (0:48 - 1:08) (0:20) Leonard Feather voice-over (0:54 - 1:06) into

3. Star Eyes, (4:34) 5:40 into

4. My Little Suede Shoes (Incomplete.) + voice-over introduces band & next tune piano in background (0:43) into

5. Ornithology (4:57) (0:15 - 5:07) - 6:06

6. Fifty-Second Street Theme (I) with voice-overs (0:59) into

     Conversation between Feather and Bird announcing next tune alto sax, (0:33) into,

7. Dynamo A (aka Diggin' Diz) (4:14) into

8. Fifty-Second Street Theme (II) (0:46) with voice-over

9. Embraceable You (3:01) Country Gardens (0:11) tag into

10. Fifty-Second Street Theme (III) (0:20) + voice-over

 

Notes: Item 1 ends with fade out, item 4 abruptly. In Star Eyes, CP's solo seems lacking in focus and energy, sounds like he is run down, or... At the voice-over with item 8, Feather requests the next tune, CP states that he could not refuse him.

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-03-00:

 

Date: ?? March 1953.

Place: Howard Theater, Washington, D.C.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quartet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Unkown piano, Unkown bass, Unkown drums.

Recording: Private recording.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 18, CD Philology, W 848.2, times from there; LP VGM0009

 

1. Out of Nowhere (4:51) + applause (0:02)

2. Ornithology (4:34)

3. Anthropology (5:15)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-05-09:

 

Date: 09 May 1953

Place: Birdland, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quartet: Charlie Parker alto sax, John Lewis piano, Curley Russell bass, Kenny Clark drums.

Recording: Radio broadcast

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 16; CD Bird Box Vol. 16, JUTB CD 3016; Charlie Parker: Bird at Birdland, Charly CD DIG 16 Disc 4; XII. Charlie Parker, Bird: Rarities from Private collections. 1950 - 53, Rarities Suisa JZCD 312, items 2, and 3.

 

     Announcement, Bob Garrity asks Bird about his plastic alto, into

1. Cool Blues (4:28)

     Announcement, Garrity introduces Band into

2. Star Eyes, (5:19)

3. Moose the Mooche into

4. Lullaby of Birdland (6:00)

5. Broadway into

6. Lullaby of Birdland (3:34)

 

Notes: The performance of Star Eyes, almost entirely by Bird, is excellent.

     The Charly CD DIG 16 Disc 4, all items are noted as being shorter, the announcement into item 2 is edited out, there is no reference to item 4 on the disc listing, nor is there reference to Lullaby of Birdland, as following, on Broadway.

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-05-15:

 

Date: 15 May 1953

Place: Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada

Musicians: The Quintet of the Year: Charlie Parker as Dizzy Gillespie trumpet, Bud Powell piano, Charles Mingus bass, Max Roach drums.

Recording: Privately taped by Charles Mingus.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: The Quintet- Jazz at Massey Hall. CD Debut VDJ-1567, times from there.

 

1. Perdido (7:53)

     Bird announces Dizzy as 'My worthy constituent...' into

2. Salt Peanuts (7:30)

3. Wee (6:45)

     Dizzy announces

4. Hot House (9:18)

     Dizzy announces the next title in French

5. A Night in Tunisia 7:33)

6. All the Things You Are into

7. Fifty-Second Street Theme (7:55)

 

Notes: There are in actual fact two versions of this concert; the one listed above was the initial release on Debut, where Mingus over-dubbed his bass line. The original version, with the bass as played at the concert is found on The Complete Debut Recordings.

Check Vail 1996, p. 124 on this more closely.

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-05-23:

 

Date: May 23, 1953

Place: Birdland, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Dizzy Gillespie All Stars: Charlie Parker alto sax, Dizzy Gillespie vocal on 1, trumpet, & Miles Davis trumpet, Sahib, Shihab baritone sax, Wade Legge piano, Louis Hackney bass, Al Jones drums, Joe Carroll vocal on 2.

Recording: Broadcast

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 16; CD Bird Box Vol. 16, JUTB CD 3016; Charlie Parker: Bird at Birdland, Charly CD DIG 16 Disc 4, although 1, is (6.32) and 2, is (2.51).

 

1. The Bluest Blues (6:28)

2. On the Sunny Side of the Street (2:49)

 

Notes: This session was originally dated as taking place in June of this year on the above issues and by Bregman et al, 1993, but has now been shifted to here by Vail 1996, p.127.

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-05-22:

 

Date: 22 May 1953

Place: Birdland, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quartet; Charlie Parker alto sax, Bud Powell piano, Charlie Mingus bass, Art Taylor drums.

Recording: Radio broadcast.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source:

 

1. Cool Blues (?:??) (Unissued.)

2. All the Things You Are (?:??) (Unissued.)

3. Lullaby of Birdland (?:??) (Unissued.)

 

Notes: I cannot confirm that a tape of this session exists, but Chan Parker is supposed to possess a tape of this session.

     (All not in my collection.)

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-05-25

 

Date: 25 May 1953

Place: New York City, NY.

Musicians: Gil Evans Orchestra and Dave Lambert Singers

Recording: Commercial for Mercury Records

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, Bird, The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve, Disc 9, CD Verve 837 141-2.

 

1. In the Still of the Night (False Start.) (0:32)

2. In the Still of the Night (Incomplete.) (0:53)

3. In the Still of the Night (3:46)

4. In the Still of the Night (3:21)

5. In the Still of the Night (False Start.) (0:45)

6. In the Still of the Night (3:26)

7. In the Still of the Night (Master Take.) (3:22)

8. Old Folks (Incomplete.) (0:26)

9. Old Folks (False Start.) (0:09)

10. Old Folks (4:04)

11. Old Folks (Incomplete.) Bird noodles into

12. Old Folks (False Start.) (0:21)

13. Old Folks (3:28)

14. Old Folks (Incomplete.) (0:26)

15. Old Folks (3:39)

16. Old Folks (Master Take.) (3:24)

17. If I Love Again (2:31)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-05-30:

 

Date: 30 May 1953

Place: Birdland, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Bud Powell piano, Charlie Mingus bass, Art Taylor drums, Candido conga.

Recording: Radio broadcast,

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 16; CD Stash ST CD-10, Bird Box Vol. 16, JUTB CD 3016; Charlie Parker: Bird at Birdland, Charly CD DIG 16 Disc 4, again no reference to Lullaby of.. and shorter times noted; CD Stash ST CD-10.

 

     Garrity talks to Bird,

1. Moose the Mooche (6:00)

     Announcement CP voice, into

2. Cheryl into

3. Lullaby of Birdland (8:15)

 

Notes: This is a good performance by Charlie Parker and Bud Powell.

     With the Charly CD DIG 16, issue, Disc 4 again there i.e., no reference to Lullaby of.. and shorter times are listed

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-05-00:

 

Date: ?? May 1953

Place: Unknown

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quartet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Bud Powell piano, Charles Mingus bass, Max Roach drums.

Recording: Radio Broadcast

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 16; CD Birdbox Vol. 16 JUTB CD 3016; Bandstand CD 32JDB-197.

 

1. Dance of the Infidels (5:30)

 

Notes: Schlouch, 1991, states that it is possible that this session is from 30 May, 1953, if so the drummer should then be Art Taylor.

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-06-13:

 

Date: 13 June 1953

Place: Boston, Mass.

Musicians: Charlie Parker interviewed by John McLellan, aka John T. Fitch.

Recording: Radio broadcast, for Boston station WHDH.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source:

 

1. Interview (?:??)

 

Notes: Transcription of part of this interview is found on the sleeve notes to Charlie Parker at Storyville, Blue Note 0777 7 856108 2 6: Blue Note BT85108.

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-06-20:

 

Date: 20? June 1953

Place: Boston, Mass.

Musicians: Charlie Parker interviewed by John McLellan, aka John T. Fitch.

Recording:

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 18, CD Philology W 848.2.

 

1. Interview and records (17:24)

 

Notes: Some of the records that are played, which CP is asked to comment on, include Bartók, Music for Stringed Instruments, Lee Konitz,

     Bregman et al., 1993, lists and dates these three interviews with John T. Fitch. Curiously, though, they state that a transcription of part of the first is found on the Blue Note Sleeve notes and the third, below, is found on the Philology CD; however the Philology sleeve notes states that it is in fact the second. Another curiosity is that the transcription on the Blue Note sleeve, is like a badly edited version of the interview found on the Philology disc.

 

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-06-00 or 54-01-18 t0 54-01-24:

 

Date: ?? June 1953, or 18 tp 24 January 1954.

Place: Boston, Mass.

Musicians: Charlie Parker interviewed by John McLellan, aka John T. Fitch.

Recording:

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source:

 

1. Interview (?:??)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-06-07:

 

Date: 07 June 1953

Place: Hi-Hat, Boston, Mass.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet, Charlie Parker alto sax, Herb Pomeroy trumpet, Dean Earl piano, Bernie Griggs bass, Bill Graham drums, Symphony Sid Torin m.c.

Recording: Private recording

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, Bird in Boston: Charlie Parker at the Hi-Hat, 1953 - 54, Fresh Sounds Vol. 2, FSCD-1007; Charlie Parker, The Bird You Never Heard, Stash ST-CD-582.

 

1. Cool Blues (Incomplete.) (6:46)

2. Out of Nowhere (5:39)

3. My Funny Valentine (6:29)

4. Ornithology (4:55)

 

Notes: The date for this recording is usually given as unknown, I speculate that the above date was possible, as CP began playing at this date, it is of course feasible that the material came from the same session as the 14 June, depending on how much was recorded and the process by which it was selected, if at all selected. It could not possibly have been from after 14 June and still be at the Hi-Hat, as Parker closed on that date and appeared in New York City, at Birdland, on June 18 and played in New York for the rest of that month, recordings from which confirm. However, the sound quality of these items is very different from the 14 June items, not constantly poorer but obviously from a disc cutter, or disc transcriptions done thus, more echoing, as though from an audience recording rather than from the mikes for broadcast (another possibility, of course, is that these were recorded off the radio, the conversation is then not from the audience), which would contradict that it was from that date and source. Also, item 1 ends with a fade out. During the piano solo in item 1 it is possible to hear audience conversation

     If this date is correct, this would be the first recording of CP playing My Funny Valentine, a tune which later Miles Davis frequently played, although here it has a Latin feel to the drumming.

     These four items also appear on the Stash issue, listed above, but there on my copy of it there are no claims to the actual dates or locations of these items made on the liner notes.

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-06-14:

 

Date: 14 June 1953

Place: Hi-Hat, Boston, Mass.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet, Charlie Parker alto sax, Herb Pomeroy trumpet, Dean Earl piano, Bernie Griggs bass, Bill Graham drums, Symphony Sid Torin m.c.

Recording: Radio broadcast, WCOP, Boston.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, Bird in Boston: Charlie Parker at the Hi-Hat, 1953 - 54, Fresh Sounds Vol. 1, FSCD-1006; Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 17; CD Birdbox Vol. 17 JUTB CD 3017; Stash CD-21.

 

1. Unidentified tune (0:03) sax, bass, piano & drum background to chat Sid and CP (0:34) into;

2. Cool Blues (5:34)

     Sid announces (0:08)

3. Scrapple From the Apple (6:57)

     Symphony Sid and CP rather uncertainly introduce the band (0:54)

4. Laura (6:25) + Country Garden tag + applause (0:10) into

     Announcement by Sid and CP (0:52) into

5. Cheryl (5:38) + applause SS announces this and the next track against background noodling (0:06) into;

6. Ornithology (6:23) straight into,

7. Fifty-Second Street Theme (1:28) with voice-over (0:06 - 0:44)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-00-00:

 

Date: ? ??, 1953

Place: Detroit, MI.

Musicians: Charlie Parker with Sonny Stitt: Charlie Parker, alto sax, Sonny Stitt alto sax, Hank Mobley tenor sax, George Duvivier bass, Max Roach drums.

Recording: Television broadcast for the Soupy Soup T.V. show, Detroit Michigan..

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source:

 

1. Unknown titles (?:??) (Unissued.)

 

Notes: Very little is apparently known of this, and whether there are recordings in existence; information for the session Bregman et al., 1993. Of course, given the stylistic similarities in the approach of Parker and Stitt.

     (All not in my collection.)

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-00-00

 

Date: Summer 1953

Place: Birdland, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Max Roach Sextet: Charlie Parker, & Sonny Stitt alto sax, Hank Mobley tenor sax, unknown piano, George Duvivier bass, Max Roach drums.

Recording: Private recording.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source:

 

1. Star Eyes (?:??) (Unissued.)

2. On the Sunny Side of the Street (?:??) (Unissued.)

3. Ornithology (?:??) (Unissued.)

 

Notes: This is also reputed to exist in the Chan Parker's collection.

     (All not in my collection.)

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-07-26:

 

Date: First set, 26 July 1953

Place: Open Door, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Benny Harris trumpet, Bud Powell, & Al Haig piano, Charles Mingus bass, Art Taylor drums.

Recording: Private recording, probably recorded by Chan Richardson Parker

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 24, CD Philology W 854.

 

1. Out of Nowhere (3:10)

2. Star Eyes, (3:40)

3. Cool Blues (4:42)

4. East of the Sun (3:20)

5. The Song Is You (6:02)

6. Fifty-Second Street Theme (I) (2:40)

 

Notes: These sessions are excellent, we should thank Chan Parker for recording them and allowing their release, if she did the any of these things.

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-07-26:

 

Date: Second set, 26 July 1953.

Place: Open Door, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Benny Harris trumpet, Bud Powell, & Al Haig piano, Charles Mingus bass, Art Taylor drums.

Recording: Private recording, probably recorded by Chan Richardson Parker

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 24, CD Philology W 854 for items 1 - 4.

 

1. Ornithology (3:14)

2. Scrapple From the Apple (I) (3:25)

3. My Old Flame (4:12)

4. My Little Suede Shoes (2:05)

5. Fifty-Second Street Theme (II) (?:??) (Unissued.)

 

Notes: Item 3 was listed in the Bregman et al., 1993, discography, while it is almost certain that this was played at the end of the set, it is not certain that a recording of it exists, and if it does what condition it is in.

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-07-26:

 

Date: Third set, 26 July 1953

Place: Open Door, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Benny Harris trumpet, Bud Powell, & Al Haig piano, Charles Mingus bass, Art Taylor drums.

Recording: Private recording, probably recorded by Chan Richardson Parker

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 25, CD Philology W 855.2.

 

1. I Remember You (2:57)

2. All the Things You Are (4:11)

3. Just You, Just Me (2:12)

4. I'll Remember April (I) (4:14)

5. Hot House (3:14)

6. Fifty-Second Street Theme (III) (2:58)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-07-26:

 

Date: Fourth set, 26 July 1953

Place: Open Door, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Benny Harris trumpet, Bud Powell, & Al Haig piano, Charles Mingus bass, Art Taylor drums.

Recording: Private recording, probably recorded by Chan Richardson Parker

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 25, CD Philology W 855.2.

 

1. I Cover the Waterfront (?:??) Country Gardens tag (2:20)

2. This Time the Dream's on Me (4:09)

3. I'll Remember April (II) into

4. Scrapple from the Apple (?:??) (Unissued.)

5. Fifty-Second Street Theme (IV) (?:??) into

6. Bird Announcement over Theme (3:11)

 

Notes: As before, item 4 is listed in the Bregman et al., 1993, discography, nevertheless its existence is uncertain.

The tape is edited to some themes and Bird solos only. There are no Bud Powell solos, although Bird can be heard announcing him.

The Charlie Parker Discography lists a second take of Ornithology and a fourth take of Fifty-Second Street Theme. I believe these do not exist.

East of the Sun, The Song Is You and Suede Shoes suffer from some recording noise, probably from the source. My Old Flame is excellent. Bird plays the first chorus close to the melody, sounding very much like the Dial recording, and then improvises the second. The out chorus contains interesting double-time passages. I Remember You presages the studio recording made three days later. Is this the only known Just You, Just Me?

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-07-30:

 

Date: 30 July 1953

Place: New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quartet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Al Haig piano, Percy Heath bass, Max Roach drums.

Recording: Commercial for Mercury

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, Bird, The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve, Disc 10, CD Verve 837 141-2.

 

1. Chi-Chi (3:09)

2. Chi-Chi (False Start.) (0:27)

3. Chi-Chi (2:42)

4. Chi-Chi (2:37)

5. Chi-Chi (False Start.) (0:17)

6. Chi-Chi (Master Take.) (3:02)

7. I Remember You (3:03)

8. Now' s the Time (3:01)

9. Confirmation (False Start.) (0:14)

10. Confirmation (False Start.) (0:09)

11. Confirmation (Master Take.) (2:58)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-09-22:

 

Date: 22 September 1953

Place: Storyville Club, Copley Square Hotel, Boston, Mass.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Herb Pomeroy trumpet, Sir Charles Thompson piano, Jimmy Woode bass, Kenny Clarke drums, John McLellan (aka John T. Fitch) m.c..

Recording: Radio broadcast recording, possibly by George Wein,.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, Charlie Parker at Storyville, Blue Note 0777 7 856108 2 6; Blue Note BT85108.

 

     Announcement by John McLellan over first 0:26 of:

1. Now's the Time (4:10) + applause (0:04)

2. Don't Blame Me (4:50) + Country Garden tag (0:07)

3. Dancing on the Ceiling (Incomplete.) (2:27)

4. Cool Blues (4:44) + applause (0:04)

5. Groovin' High (Incomplete.) (5:03) voice-over announcement of group, place, future acts (4:06 - 4:44)

 

Notes: This was the second evening of a one week engagement at the Storyville, of which we have this good, clean, recording. Item 3 begins with a fade in into the piano solos and sounds therefore like it is incomplete, missing the first chorus and CP solo. Item 5 ends very abruptly also suggesting that it is at least marginally incomplete. With item 4 there is some variance in the volume of CP's playing, like he was moving to and away from the microphone. The voice-over between 4:06 - 4:44) of item 5 announces the of group, future acts and the location of the club.

     Incidentally Bregman et al. incorrectly state that the club was located in the Hotel Buckminster, rather curiously as the announcement at the end clearly gives the above location.

 

Charlie Parker Session 53-11-05:

 

Date: 05 November 1953

Place: University of Oregon, OR.

Musicians: Charlie Parker with the Chet Baker Quartet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Jimmy Rowles piano, Carson Smith bass, Shelly Manne drums.

Recording: Private recording

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 17; CD Bird Box Vol. 17, JUTB CD 3017; Stash ST CD-582; Stash ST CD-10.

 

1. Ornithology (2:47)

2. Barbados (3:48)

3. Cool Blues (5:33)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 54-01-18:

 

Date: 18 January 1954

Place: Hi-Hat, Boston, Mass

Musicians: Charlie Parker and the All-Stars: Charlie Parker alto sax, Herbie Williams trumpet, Roland Griffith piano, Jimmy Woode bass, Marquis Foster drums, Symphony Sid Torin m.c..

Recording: Radio broadcast on WBMS.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, Boston, 1952; Uptown CD, Uptown UPCD 27.42.

 

     Introduction by Symphony Sid with CP (0:20)

1. Ornithology (6:46)

     Announcement by Symphony Sid and CP (0:17)

2. Out of Nowhere (9:36)

     Announcement by Symphony Sid (0:34)

3. Cool Blues (5:01)

     Announcement by Sid and Bird (0:45)

4. Scrapple from the Apple (Incomplete.) (4:41) fades out with voice-over.

 

Notes: For the announcements preceding items 1, 2, 3, & 4, the times do not register on the display, but stay stubbornly at 0:00 throughout, sometimes beginning to register near the end of the announcement or when the music begins. Parker announces item 2 as 'It Came to Me From Out of Nowhere,' the piece also registers at 7:36 on the CD player with this issue. Between items 3 and 4 Sid announces the band. Item 3 solos; Parker 1:50; trumpet for 1:03; and piano for 1:48, over the last of which Sid states the setting, the radio station, and that Parker piece also registers at 7:36 on the CD player with this issue. Between items 3 and 4 Sid announces the band. Item 4 solos; Parker 1:50; trumpet for 1:03; and piano for 1:48, over the last of which Sid states the setting, the radio station, and that Parker would continue playing until 1:00 am, that night, all week long and on Sunday afternoon, finishing Sunday night and Sunday morning.

     For this session Vail, 1996, foolishly follows Bregman et al., 1993, by listing 1. Ornithology; 2. Out of Nowhere; 3. My Funny Valentine; 4. Cool Blues, in the same order as the Stash issue, and giving the players as Charlie Parker alto sax, Herb Pomeroy trumpet, Unknown piano, Charles Mingus bass, Unknown drums. Where did this personnel listing originate, some Stash issue?

 

Charlie Parker Session 54-01-18 to 54-01-24:

 

Date: 18 ' 24 January 1954

Place: Hi-Hat, Boston, Mass

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Jay Migliori tenor sax, Rollins Griffith piano, Jimmy Woode bass, Marquis Foster drums, Symphony Sid Torin m.c..

Recording: Radio broadcast, WCOP Boston.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, Bird in Boston: Charlie Parker at the Hi-Hat, 1953 - 54, Fresh Sounds Vol. 1, FSCD-1006.

 

     Announcement by Symphony Sid, CP interrupts by playing Ornithology (0:13) into

1. Ornithology (7:43)

     Symphony Sid asks for and CP introduces (0:29)

2. My Little Suede Shoes (7:03) + applause (0:06)

     CP announces with his characteristic sincerely hope that you'll enjoy (0:29)

3. Now's the Time (6:53) + applause and SS announces N t T (0:04)

4. Groovin' High (5:59) + applause (0:04)

 

Notes: Charlie Parker was booked to play at the Hi-Hat in Boston from January 18 to 24, from Thursday January 28 he was with the Festival of Modern American Jazz in Wichita Falls in Texas, until February 28, when the tour finished at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles; the tour did not appear in Boston. Before January 18, CP appeared the Blue Note, January 4 - 10, according to Vail, (1996, pp. 144 - 151). This would place this date sometime between January 18 and 24. Interestingly, the applause at the end of item sounds like it is 'piped' applause tagged onto the end of the piece rather than a natural audience applause. Groovin' High also has a background noise of the swathe from the disc cutter, audible in the opening statement of the theme.

 

Charlie Parker Session 54-01-18 to 54-01-24:

 

Date: 18 ' 24 January 1954

Place: Boston, Mass

Musicians: Interview by Paul Desmond and John McLellan with Charlie Parker

Recording: Radio broadcast, on HDH.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 8, CD Philology W.80.2.

 

1.  Interview (13:32)

 

Notes: This is an extremely interesting interview, where CP proclaims the need for any musician to practice incessantly to learn and improve their skills, and also talks about possible future directions for his music, which include the prospect to study further. Normally

 

Charlie Parker Session 54-01-18 to 54-01-24:

 

Date: 18 ' 24 January 1954

Place: Hi-Hat, Boston, Mass

Musicians: Charlie Parker All Stars: Charlie Parker alto sax, Jay Migliori tenor sax, Rollins Griffith piano, Jimmy Woode bass, Marquis Foster drums, Symphony Sid Torin m.c..

Recording: Radio broadcast, station WCOP

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, Bird in Boston: Charlie Parker at the Hi-Hat, 1953 - 54, Fresh Sounds Vol. 2, FSCD-1007.

 

1. Cool Blues (6:09)

     Symphony Sid announcement (0:10) into

2. My Little Suede Shoes (5:50)

     Interview by Symphony Sid of Bird (Incomplete.) (0:58)

3. Ornithology (7:33)

     Symphony Sid introduces the band and interviews CP further (1:23)

4. Out of Nowhere (7:)

5. Jumpin' with Symphony Sid () with SS closing voice-over 1:

 

Notes: It would seem that this was recorded later in this week's engagement, sometime around the 23rd rather than the 18th as Symphony Sid announces between 1 & 2;

'Aghh for the good sound ladies and gentlemen here at the Hi-Hat it is Charlie Parker and the All Stars, we hope you are enjoying eghh just a little taste of what is happening, and has been happening here at the Hi-Hat all week.'

     The interview between items 2 & 3 fades in, as Symphony Sid is obviously continuing from some preceding statement or statements concerning CP's Paris trip. He makes reference to CP's interview with Paul Desmond and John McLellan, which he heard the evening before on HDH (is this a Boston radio station?), placing that interview prior to this concert.

     Fresh Sounds lists Gregg Solano as the drummer, while Symphony Sid announces Marquis Foster as the drummer on the Fresh Sounds disc.

 

Charlie Parker Session 54-01-23

 

Date: 23 January 1954

Place: Hi-Hat, Boston, Mass

Musicians: Charlie Parker All Stars: Charlie Parker alto sax, Jay Migliori tenor sax, Rollins Griffith piano, Jimmy Woode bass, Gregg Solano drums, Symphony Sid Torin m.c..

Recording: Radio broadcast, station WCOP

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, Bird in Boston: Charlie Parker at the Hi-Hat, 1953 - 54, Fresh Sounds Vol. 2, FSCD-1007.

 

1. Now's the Time (9:14)

     Announcement by Symphony Sid and CP (0:48)

2. Out of Nowhere (5:48)

3. My Little Suede Shoes (5:01)

4. Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (1:08) with SS voice-over

 

Notes: Fresh Sounds lists Gregg Solano as the drummer, as do Bregman et al., 1993, and Vail 1996, while Symphony Sid announces Marquis Foster as the drummer on the Fresh Sounds disc.

 

Charlie Parker Session 54-02-25:

 

Date: 25 February 1954

Place: Festival of Modern Jazz Tour, at Civic Auditorium, Portland, Oregon

Musicians: Stan Kenton Big Band with Charlie Parker: Charlie Parker, Charlie Mariano, & Dave Schildkraut alto sax, Mike Cicchetti, & Bill Perkins tenor sax, Tony Ferina bar s, Sam Notto, Vic Minichelli, Buddy Childers, Don Smith, & Stu Williamson trumpet, Milt Gold, Joe Ciavardone, Bob Fitzpatrick & Frank Rosolino tb, George Roberts bass trb, Stan Kenton piano, Bob Lesher gtrumpet, Don Bagley bass, Stan Levey drums.

Recording: Private recording.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 8, CD Philology W.80.2; Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 18; CD Birdbox Vol. 18, JUTB CD 3018.

 

     Announcement by Stan Kenton into

1. Night and Day (2:55)

2. My Funny Valentine (3:11)

3. Cherokee (2:52)

 

Notes: Philology inaccurately date this session the 28 February.

Burton reported that he spoke to Gene Norman, who confirms he has some additional Kenton material, which he does not seem uninterested in issuing.

 

Charlie Parker Session 54-03-31:

 

Date: 31 March 1954

Place: New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Walter Bishop, Jr. piano, Jerome Darr guitar, Teddy Kotick bass, Roy Haynes drums.

Recording: Commercial for Verve Records

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, Bird, The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve, Disc 10, CD Verve 837 141-2.

 

1. I Get a Kick Out of You (4:55)

2. I Get a Kick Out of You (False Start.) (0:32)

3. I Get a Kick Out of You (False Start.) (0:16)

4. I Get a Kick Out of You (Incomplete.) (1:05)

5. I Get a Kick Out of You (False Start.) (0:17)

6. I Get a Kick Out of You (Incomplete.) (1:08)

7. I Get a Kick Out of You (Master Take.) (3:34)

8. Just One of Those Things (2:46)

9. My Heart Belongs to Daddy (False Start.) (0:36)

10. My Heart Belongs to Daddy (Master Take.) (3:18)

11. I've Got You Under My Skin (3:38)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 54-08-27:

 

Date: 27 August 1954

Place: Birdland, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker with Strings: Charlie Parker alto sax, Teddy Blume violin, Walter Bishop piano, Teddy Kottick & Tommy Potter bass, Roy Haynes drums, unknown oboe, unknown string section.

Recording: Radio broadcast, station WABC.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 18; CD Birdbox Vol. 18, JUTB CD 3018; Charlie Parker: Bird at Birdland, Charly CD DIG 16 Disc 4.

 

1. Theme into

2. What Is This Thing Called Love? (2:09)

3. Repetition (2:36)

4. Easy To Love (2:08)

5. East of the Sun into

6. Theme (3:32)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 54-09-25:

 

Date: 25 September 1954

Place: Carnegie Hall

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quartet: Charlie Parker alto sax, John Lewis piano, Percy Heath bass, Kenny Clarke drums.

Recording: Concert Recorded for Roulette Records

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker: Perfect Complete Collection, Soundhills JP CD SSCD-8017-34. Vol. 18; CD Bird Box Vol. 18, JUTB CD 3018; Cool and Blue C & B-CD105.

 

1. The Song Is You (4:20)

2. My Funny Valentine (2:00)

3. Cool Blues (2:45)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 54-10-12:

 

Date: 10 December 1954

Place: Fine Sounds Studio, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker Quintet: Charlie Parker alto sax, Walter Bishop, Jr. piano, Jerome Darr guitar, Teddy Kotick bass, Roy Haynes drums.

Recording: Commercial for Verve Records

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker, Bird, The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve, Disc 10, CD Verve 837 141-2.

 

1. Love For Sale (False Start.) (0:17)

2. Love For Sale (5:47)

3. Love For Sale (Incomplete.) (1:03)

4. Love For Sale (5:32)

5. Love For Sale (Master Take.) (5:35)

6. I Love Paris (5:07)

7. I Love Paris (Master Take.) (5:07)

 

Notes:

 

Charlie Parker Session 54-00-00 or 55-00-00:

 

Date: Late 1954 or possibly early 1955

Place: Dick Meldonian's Apartment, New York City, NY.

Musicians: Charlie Parker playing scales and talking.

Recording: Private recording.

Alternate Issues:

Primary Source: Charlie Parker. Bird's Eyes Last Unissued, Vol. 16, CD Philology W 846.2.

 

1. Bird Playing Scales and Talking About Music (9:17)

 

Notes:

 

Other Sessions said to exist, but as yet not confirmed:

 

1. A tape of CP and Allen Eager playing where they swap horns.

2. Another live recording of Au Privave.