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Charlie Parker session details

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January 17, 1951 (6 items; TT = 18:25)
Unknown recording studio, New York NY
Commercial for Mercury

Charlie Parker (as); Miles Davis (tpt); Walter Bishop, Jr. (p); Teddy Kotick (b); Max Roach (d)

1 Au Privave (take 2) (C. Parker) 2:37
2 Au Privave (take 3 (master)) (C. Parker) 2:41
3 She Rote (take 3) (C. Parker) 3:08
4 She Rote (take 5 (master)) (C. Parker) 3:04
5 K.C. Blues (C. Parker) 3:23
6 Star Eyes (D. Raye-G. DePaul-P. Johnston) 3:32


1 Au Privave (take 2)
12" LP: Verve MGV 8010, Verve (J) 00MJ 3268/77
CD: Verve 837141 (Disc 6), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

2 Au Privave (take 3 (master))
78 rpm: Mercury/Clef 11087
45 rpm: Clef EPC 335
12" LP: Verve MGV 8002, MGV 8010, Verve (J) 00MJ 3268/77
CD: Verve 837141 (Disc 6), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

3 She Rote (take 3)
12" LP: Verve MGV 8010, Verve (J) 00MJ 3268/77
CD: Verve 837141 (Disc 6), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

4 She Rote (take 5 (master))
78 rpm: Mercury/Clef 11101
45 rpm: Clef EPC 335
12" LP: Verve MGV 8002, MGV 8010, Verve (J) 00MJ 3268/77
CD: Verve 837141 (Disc 6), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

5 K.C. Blues
78 rpm: Mercury/Clef 11101
45 rpm: Clef EPC 335
12" LP: Verve MGV 8010, Verve (J) 00MJ 3268/77
CD: Verve 837141 (Disc 6), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

6 Star Eyes
78 rpm: Mercury/Clef 11087
45 rpm: Clef EPC 335
12" LP: Verve MGV 8010, Verve (J) 00MJ 3268/77
CD: Verve 837141 (Disc 6), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339


This is the first of three studio sessions that Davis participated in on this date -- he led a session, and then played piano on one tune at Sonny Rollins' first session as a leader. Both of those sessions were recorded at Apex Studios.

Rejoining Parker after more than a year since quitting his group, Davis plays well (but seems a little lost on "Au Privave" and "Star Eyes"), and the addition of Max Roach makes this session seem like even more of a reunion. Parker plays particularly well.

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