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December 14, 1952 (13 items; TT = 41:01)
Hi-Hat Club, Boston MA
WCOP radio broadcast (B+)
Show chatter

Charlie Parker (as); Joe Gordon (tpt); Dick Twardzik (p); Charles Mingus (b); Roy Haynes (d); Symphony Sid Torin (ann)

1 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin, Parker) 0:57
2 Ornithology (C. Parker-B. Harris) 4:14
3 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:05
4 Cool Blues (C. Parker) 5:21

Parker, Gordon, and Haynes exchanges following Twardzik's solo (4:24-4:58)
5 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin, Parker) 1:13
6 Groovin' High (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 5:24
7 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:57
8 Don't Blame Me (D. Fields-J. McHugh) 8:56

Parker counts off before the tune begins. He and Gordon play the "Country Gardens" closing tag (8:43-8:50)
9 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin, Parker) 0:08
10 Scrapple from the Apple (C. Parker) 5:54

Parker, Gordon, and Haynes exchanges following Twardzik's solo (4:47-5:17)
11 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin, Parker) 0:12
12 Cheryl (C. Parker) 5:19

During his solo Gordon quotes "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair" (2:22-2:25) and "Kerry Dancers" (3:09-3:12). Parker, Gordon, and Haynes exchanges following Mingus's solo (4:30-4:52)
13 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (with voicover) (L. Young) 2:21


1 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin, Parker)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1341

2 Ornithology
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Volume 59 (W 890), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1341

3 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1341

4 Cool Blues
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1341

5 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin, Parker)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1341

6 Groovin' High
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1341

7 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1341

8 Don't Blame Me
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1341

9 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin, Parker)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1341

10 Scrapple from the Apple
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1341

11 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin, Parker)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1341

12 Cheryl
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1341

13 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (with voicover)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1341


The notes to the Uptown CD include a very helpful documentary history of Parker in Boston. This is a terrific reissue, nicely mastered and packaged.

Parker was booked at Boston venues on the following dates during this period: April 12, 1951, Christy's Tavern, Framingham; May 28-June 3, 1951, Hi-Hat Club; March 3-9, 1952, Hi-Hat Club; December 8-14, 1952, Hi-Hat Club; March 9-15, 1953, Storyville Club; June 8-14, 1953, Hi-Hat Club; September 21-27, 1953, Storyville Club; October 25, 1953, Jordan Hall (Parker with Strings); January 18-24, 1954, Hi-Hat Club; February 9, 1954, Worcester Memorial Auditorium, Worcester (Festival of Modern American Jazz -- thanks to Jon Foley for identifying the venue); September 26, 1954, Boston Arena (Birdland Stars of 1954).

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