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Charlie Parker session details

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December 2, 1940 (5 items; TT = 14:56)
KFBI Studio, Wichita KS
KFBI radio recording (Acetate) (B-)

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

1 Moten Swing (B. Moten) 2:47
2 Coquette (C. Lombardo-J. Green-G. Kahn) 3:09
3 Lady Be Good (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 2:55
4 Wichita Blues (C. Parker-J. McShann) 3:08

No Parker solo. Listed as "Blues" on Spotlite
5 Honeysuckle Rose (A. Razaf-F. Waller) 2:57


1 Moten Swing
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 Coquette
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

3 Lady Be Good
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

4 Wichita Blues
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

5 Honeysuckle Rose
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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