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Charlie Parker session details

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February 26, 1949 (17 items; TT = 29:28)
Royal Roost Club, New York NY
WMCA radio broadcast (B+)
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Charlie Parker (as); Kenny Dorham (tpt); Eli "Lucky" Thompson (ts); Milt Jackson (vb); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d); Dave Lambert (voc); Buddy Stewart (voc); Miles Davis (tpt); Ted Kelly (tb); Sahib Shihab [Edmund Gregory] (as); Benjamin Lundy (ts); Cecil Payne (bs); Tadd Dameron (p); John Collins (g); Dillon "Curley" Russell (b); Kenny Clarke (d); Carlos Vidal (bgo); Symphony Sid Torin (ann)

1 Introduction 0:09
2 Half Nelson (M. Davis) 3:32
3 Introduction 0:16
4 A Night in Tunisia (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 4:37
5 Introduction 0:24
6 Scrapple from the Apple (C. Parker) 4:40
7 Introduction 0:26
8 Deedle (D. Lambert-B. Stewart) 2:05

Parker plays a half-chorus solo (1:21-1:35), then obbligatos during the out chorus
9 Introduction (Dave Lambert) 0:16
10 Hurry Home (B. Bernier-R. Emmerich-J. Meyer) 2:36
11 Introduction (Buddy Stewart) 0:17
12 What's This? (D. Lambert-B. Stewart) 1:35
13 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (incomplete) (L. Young) 0:41
14 Milé [Milano] (T. Dameron) 3:41
15 Introduction 0:12
16 Casbah (J. Lewis) 3:40
17 Closing announcement 0:21


1 Introduction
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

2 Half Nelson
12" LP: Savoy MG 12179, SJL 1108, SJL 1173, Audiofidelity AFE 3-7
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

3 Introduction
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

4 A Night in Tunisia
12" LP: Savoy MG 12179, SJL 1108, SJL 1173, Audiofidelity AFE 3-7
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Philology Volume 57 (W 888), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

5 Introduction
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

6 Scrapple from the Apple
12" LP: Savoy MG 12179, SJL 1108, SJL 1173, Audiofidelity AFE 3-7
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

7 Introduction
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

8 Deedle
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

9 Introduction (Dave Lambert)
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

11 Introduction (Buddy Stewart)
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

12 What's This?
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

13 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (incomplete)
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443)

14 Milé
12" LP: Beppo BEP 503, Cicala BLJ 8032, Jung Cat RBD 948
CD: Fresh Sounds FSCD-1008, Philology Volume 20 (W 850), Definitive Records DRCD 11164, FAP 001/3

15 Introduction
12" LP: Beppo BEP 503, Cicala BLJ 8032, Jung Cat RBD 948
CD: Fresh Sounds FSCD-1008, Philology Volume 20 (W 850), Definitive Records DRCD 11164, FAP 001/3

16 Casbah
12" LP: Beppo BEP 503, Cicala BLJ 8032, Jung Cat RBD 948
CD: Fresh Sounds FSCD-1008, Philology Volume 20 (W 850), Definitive Records DRCD 11164, FAP 001/3

17 Closing announcement
12" LP: Beppo BEP 503, Cicala BLJ 8032, Jung Cat RBD 948
CD: Fresh Sounds FSCD-1008, Philology Volume 20 (W 850), Definitive Records DRCD 11164, FAP 001/3


Parker was joined by Tadd Dameron's Big Ten for a month-long engagement. Leonard Hawkins was on trumpet for the first week, but Miles Davis replaced him on subsequent broadcasts from the Roost (February 19 and 26, and March 5). Many of these fine recordings are collected on Philology Volume 20 (W 850).

The recent addition of Thompson and Jackson to the group may account for the raggedness of the ensembles on some of the numbers. In the notes to Savoy Jazz SVY-17021/4, Loren Schoenberg suggests that Miles Davis plays trumpet on "A Night in Tunisia." I'm skeptical. Despite the raggedness of the playing here, it sounds like Kenny Dorham to me; and given the recent blow-up between Davis and Parker, it seems unlikely that Parker would have invited Davis to play, or that Davis would have agreed to do so. In addition, this is surely the sort of thing Symphony Sid would have commented on; but there's no mention of it.

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