Charlie Parker session details

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March 30, 1953 (10 items; TT = 21:13)
Band Box, New York NY
WMGM radio broadcast (B)
Charlie Parker Quartet
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Charlie Parker (as); Walter Bishop, Jr. (p); Kenny O'Brien (b); Roy Haynes (d); Leonard Feather (ann); Bob Garrity (ann)

1 Caravan (with introduction) (D. Ellington-J. Tizol-I. Mills) 1:08
2 Star Eyes (D. Raye-G. DePaul-P. Johnston) 4:37
3 My Little Suede Shoes (with introduction) (C. Parker) 0:44
4 Ornithology (C. Parker-B. Harris) 4:53

Parker and Haynes exchanges following Bishop's solo (3:10-4:19); the "How High the Moon" melody is used during the closing chorus
5 52nd Street Theme (with announcement) (T. Monk) 0:51
6 Interview (Feather, Parker) 0:40
7 Dynamo A [Diggin' Diz] (C. Parker) 4:14

Parker plays the "Lover" melody at the bridge of the closing chorus (3:39-3:55)
8 52nd Street Theme (with announcement) (T. Monk) 0:35
9 Embraceable You (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 3:12

Parker plays the "Country Gardens" closing tag (3:01-3:10)
10 52nd Street Theme (with closing announcement) (T. Monk) 0:19


1 Caravan (with introduction)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: Bird Box Volume 16, Philology Volume 21 (W 851)

2 Star Eyes
12" LP: Bird Box LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: Bird Box Volume 16, Philology Volume 21 (W 851)

3 My Little Suede Shoes (with introduction)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: Bird Box Volume 16, Philology Volume 21 (W 851)

4 Ornithology
12" LP: Bird Box LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: Bird Box Volume 16, Philology Volume 21 (W 851), Volume 59 (W 809)

5 52nd Street Theme (with announcement)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: Bird Box Volume 16, Philology Volume 21 (W 851)

6 Interview (Feather, Parker)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: Bird Box Volume 16, Philology Volume 21 (W 851)

7 Dynamo A
12" LP: Bird Box LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: Bird Box Volume 16, Philology Volume 21 (W 851)

8 52nd Street Theme (with announcement)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: Bird Box Volume 16, Philology Volume 21 (W 851)

9 Embraceable You
12" LP: Bird Box LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: Bird Box Volume 16, Philology Volume 21 (W 851)

10 52nd Street Theme (with closing announcement)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: Bird Box Volume 16, Philology Volume 21 (W 851)


This is from a Jazz Caravan broadcast. These are sad numbers -- Parker's playing is weak and relatively uninspired throughout, and he has trouble with themes. Bishop plays well, however, especially on "Embraceable You."

"Dynamo A" and "Dynamo B" were working titles of Gillespie-Parker tunes from 1946. Dial 1001 purports to include both, but it's really two takes of "Dizzy Atmosphere" recorded by a Gillespie group at Electro Broadcast Studio in February 1946. The tune Parker plays here was issued on Dial as "Diggin' Diz" -- it may be that Ross Russell confused the tunes and put the "Dynamo A" label on the wrong one. The real "Dynamo B" sounds like "Confirmation."

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