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Charlie Parker session details

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November 30, 1940 (2 items; TT = 5:49)
KFBI Studio, Wichita KS
KFBI radio recording (Acetate) (B-)

Charlie Parker (as); Bernard "Buddy" Anderson (tpt); Orville "Piggy" Minor (tpt); Bob Gould (tb, vln); William J. Scott (ts); Jay McShann (p); Gene Ramey (b); Gus Johnson (d)

1 I Found a New Baby (J. Palmer-S. Williams) 2:59
2 Body and Soul (J.W. Green-E. Heyman-R. Sour-F. Eyton) 2:50


1 I Found a New Baby
12" LP: Onyx 221, Spotlite SPJ-120
CD: Stash STCD 542, Masters of Jazz MJCD 78, Philology Volume 38 (W 869), ESP-Disk 4050, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1331

2 Body and Soul
12" LP: Onyx 221, Spotlite SPJ-120
CD: Stash STCD 542, Masters of Jazz MJCD 78, Philology Volume 38 (W 869), ESP-Disk 4050, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1331


These recordings were discovered in the 1960s by Frank Driggs, and were long thought to be Parker's earliest recordings.

The seven tunes recorded by McShann at KFBI Studio are often listed together on November 30, but a hand-written track sheet shows that two tunes are from November 30 and the remainder from December 2. The same archive has a great photo of the McShann group with a very young Charlie Parker. I am grateful to Leif Bo Petersen for alerting me to the existence of these photos.

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