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Charlie Parker session details

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Fall 1950 (5 items; TT = 14:04)
Gjon Mili's Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Verve

Charlie Parker (as); Coleman Hawkins (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Buddy Rich (d); Harry Edison (tpt); Bill Harris (tb); Lester Young (ts); Flip Phillips [Joseph Filipelli] (ts); Ella Fitzgerald (voc)

1 Ballade (unknown) 2:54
2 Celerity [Celebrity] (C. Parker) 1:33
3 Ad Lib (H. Jones) 2:13

Rhythm section only
4 Pennies from Heaven (J. Burke-A. Johnston) 3:15

Parker out. Rhythm section plus Harris and Young
5 Blues for Greasy (L. Young) 4:09

Parker out. Add Edison, Phillips, and Fitzgerald


1 Ballade
12" LP: Verve MGV 8002, Verve (J) 00MJ 3268/77
CD: Verve 837141 (Disc 5), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

2 Celerity
12" LP: Verve MGV 8002, Verve (J) 00MJ 3268/77
CD: Verve 837141 (Disc 5), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339


Excerpts from Djon Mili's film, without sound, appear in Clint Eastwood's Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker. There is also sound footage of Lester Young.

The footage is now available on Norman Granz Presents Improvisation. Unfortunately, the accompanying music was pre-recorded by Granz and in Mili's studio the musicians are just playing in sync with it.

I'm grateful to Chieo Yamada for help with this session.

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