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Charlie Parker session details

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Mid-March 1950 (5 items; TT = 32:44)
Café Society Downtown, New York NY
Private recording (Tape) (B-)
Show chatter

Kenny Dorham (tpt); Charlie Parker (as); Tony Scott (cl); Unknown (ts); Mundell Lowe (g); Dick Hyman (p); Irv Lang (b); Irv Kluger (d)

1 Lover Come Back to Me (S. Romberg-O. Hammerstein) 18:08

Add Lowe (g). Parker and drums exchanges following Scott's solo (16:55-17:45)
2 Introduction 0:10
3 52nd Street Theme (T. Monk) 1:42
4 Mop Mop (C. Hawkins) 5:20

Parker out
5 Lullaby in Rhythm (B. Goodman-E. Sampson) 7:24

Add Lowe (g). Parker out


1 Lover Come Back to Me
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 6
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3005, Sound Hills SSCD 8021, Cool and Blue 108, Ember CD 509, Philology Volume 29 (W 859), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88635

3 52nd Street Theme
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 6
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3005, Sound Hills SSCD 8021, Cool and Blue 108, Ember CD 509, Philology Volume 29 (W 859), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88635


The Scott group was booked for a month at Café Society (February 23–March 22), and soon afterward Dick Hyman left for a six-week European tour with Benny Goodman. Mundell Lowe, Parker, and a trumpeter (probably Kenny Dorham -- he is audible only on "Lullaby in Rhythm") joined Scott's quartet for a jam session. Hyman remembers the session and confirms the presence of Mundell Lowe. (At the beginning of "Mop Mop" someone, probably Scott, repeatedly calls to someone "Dick" -- probably Hyman.)

Parker and Scott crossed paths again in June at the Café Society (June 8-July 5), and for a long time I listed these items as from that engagement. Leif Bo Petersen has corrected me. Thanks to him and to Joe Medjuk for help with this session.

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