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Charlie Parker session details

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October 23, 1950 (14 items; TT = 48:11)
Pershing Hotel Ballroom, Chicago IL
Private recording (Tape) (C+)

Charlie Parker (as); Unknown (tb); Earl Lavon "Von" Freeman (ts); George Freeman (g); Chris Anderson (p); Leroy Jackson (b); Bruz Freeman (d); Unknown (voc)

First set
1 Indiana (J.F. Hanley-B. McDonald) 5:51

Opening theme; Parker solo (splice at 3:15 as ts begins); Parker solo (splice at 4:55); closing chorus
2 I Can't Get Started (V. Duke-I. Gershwin) 2:47

Opening theme; Parker solo (splice at 2:12); closing theme. Parker plays the "Country Gardens" tag with an extended trill (2:39-2:48)
3 Anthropology (D. Gillespie-C. Parker) 5:18

Opening theme; Parker solo (splice at 3:02); Parker solo (he quotes "That Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze" at 4:22-4:25) into closing theme
4 Out of Nowhere (E. Heyman-J.W. Green) 2:46

Opening theme; Parker solo ("Country Gardens" quoted 1:44-1:47; splice at 2:09); closing theme
5 Get Happy (H. Arlen-T. Koehler) 5:34

Opening theme; Parker solo (splice at 3:24 as g solo begins); Parker solo into closing theme

Second set
6 Hot House (T. Dameron) 5:00

Opening theme; Parker solo (splice at 3:23 as g solo begins); Parker solo into closing theme
7 Embraceable You (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 2:00

Add unknown (voc). Parker plays the "Country Gardens" tag straight (1:52-1:59)
8 Body and Soul (J.W. Green-E. Heyman-R. Sour-F. Eyton) 2:15

Add unknown (voc). Ends with "Thank you, ladies and gentlemen..."
9 Cool Blues (C. Parker) 3:14

Opening theme; Parker solo (splice at 2:22 as g solo begins); Parker solo into closing theme
10 Stardust (incomplete) (H. Carmichael-M. Parish) 0:56

Add unknown (voc). Splice at 0:26 as voc begins; fragment of Parker solo; ends as voc returns
11 All the Things You Are [Bird of Paradise] (J. Kern-O. Hammerstein) 3:07

Opening theme; Parker solo (he quotes "Kerry Dancers" at 0:34-0:39); ends as g solo begins
12 Billie's Bounce (C. Parker) 3:08

Opening theme; splice at 0:41 as g solo begins; Parker solo into closing theme. There are some nice as/ts unison lines in the opening and closing themes. Incomplete (2:45) on Philology Volume 14
13 Pennies from Heaven (incomplete) (J. Burke-A. Johnston) 3:18

Opening theme; Parker solo (splice at 2:59 as g solo begins); Parker solo into closing theme
14 Pennies from Heaven (incomplete) (J. Burke-A. Johnston) 2:57


1 Indiana
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 10, Zim ZM 1003
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3008, Sound Hills SSCD 8024, Philology Volume 25 (W 855), Volume 35 (W 866), Volume 60 (W 891), Ember EMBCD 014, Definitive DRCD 11242

2 I Can't Get Started
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 10, Zim ZM 1003
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3008, Sound Hills SSCD 8024, Philology Volume 25 (W 855), Volume 35 (W 866), Ember EMBCD 014, Definitive DRCD 11242

3 Anthropology
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 10, Zim ZM 1003
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3008, Sound Hills SSCD 8024, Philology Volume 25 (W 855), Volume 35 (W 866), Ember EMBCD 014, Definitive DRCD 11242

4 Out of Nowhere
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 10, Zim ZM 1003
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3008, Sound Hills SSCD 8024, Philology Volume 25 (W 855), Volume 35 (W 866), Ember EMBCD 014, Definitive DRCD 11242

5 Get Happy
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 10, Zim ZM 1003
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3008, Sound Hills SSCD 8024, Philology Volume 25 (W 855), Volume 35 (W 866), Ember EMBCD 014, Definitive DRCD 11242

6 Hot House
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 10, Zim ZM 1003
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3008, Sound Hills SSCD 8024, Philology Volume 25 (W 855), Volume 35 (W 866), Ember EMBCD 014, Definitive DRCD 11242

7 Embraceable You
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 10, Zim ZM 1003
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3008, Sound Hills SSCD 8024, Philology Volume 25 (W 855), Volume 35 (W 866), Ember EMBCD 014, Definitive DRCD 11242

8 Body and Soul
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 10, Zim ZM 1003
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3008, Sound Hills SSCD 8024, Philology Volume 25 (W 855), Volume 35 (W 866), Ember EMBCD 014, Definitive DRCD 11242

9 Cool Blues
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 10, Zim ZM 1003
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3008, Sound Hills SSCD 8024, Philology Volume 14 (W 844), Volume 25 (W 855), Volume 35 (W 866), Volume 66 (W 897), Ember EMBCD 014, Definitive DRCD 11242

10 Stardust (incomplete)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 10, Zim ZM 1003
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3008, Sound Hills SSCD 8024, Philology Volume 14 (W 844), Volume 25 (W 855), Volume 35 (W 866), Volume 66 (W 897), Ember EMBCD 014, Definitive DRCD 11242

11 All the Things You Are
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 10, Zim ZM 1003
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3008, Sound Hills SSCD 8024, Philology Volume 14 (W 844), Volume 25 (W 855), Volume 35 (W 866), Volume 65 (W 896), Volume 66 (W 897), Ember EMBCD 014, Definitive DRCD 11242

12 Billie's Bounce
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 10, Zim ZM 1003
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3008, Sound Hills SSCD 8024, Philology Volume 14 (W 844), Volume 25 (W 855), Volume 35 (W 866), Volume 65 (W 896), Ember EMBCD 014, Definitive DRCD 11242

13 Pennies from Heaven (incomplete)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 10, Zim ZM 1003
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3008, Sound Hills SSCD 8024, Philology Volume 25 (W 855), Volume 35 (W 866), Volume 40 (W 871), Ember EMBCD 014, Definitive DRCD 11242

14 Pennies from Heaven (incomplete)
CD: Stash STB 2500, Philology Volume 35 (W 866), Volume 40 (W 871), Volume 65 (W 896), Ember EMBCD 014, Definitive DRCD 11242


This tape recording was made by Donald Coy, edited to Parker solos and exchanges. The tape was recorded off a dressing room speaker, and parts of some items ("Embraceable You" through "All the Things You Are") are marred by conversation.

A second version of "Pennies from Heaven" was recently discovered. It ends after the Parker solo, and an unknown trombone can be heard.

The four titles issued on Philology Volume 14 are listed there as from Pershing Ballroom, November 1949, but they clearly belong here.

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