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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)
Show chatter

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 01-22 LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3016, Sound Hills SSCD 8032, Philology Volume 21 (W 851), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88667

2 Star Eyes
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3016, Sound Hills SSCD 8032, Philology Volume 21 (W 851), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88667

3 My Little Suede Shoes (with introduction)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3016, Sound Hills SSCD 8032, Philology Volume 21 (W 851), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88667

4 Ornithology
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3016, Sound Hills SSCD 8032, Philology Volume 21 (W 851), Volume 59 (W 809), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88667

5 52nd Street Theme (with announcement)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3016, Sound Hills SSCD 8032, Philology Volume 21 (W 851), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88667

6 Interview (Feather, Parker)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3016, Sound Hills SSCD 8032, Philology Volume 21 (W 851), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88667

7 Dynamo A
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3016, Sound Hills SSCD 8032, Philology Volume 21 (W 851), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88667

8 52nd Street Theme (with announcement)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3016, Sound Hills SSCD 8032, Philology Volume 21 (W 851), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88667

9 Embraceable You
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3016, Sound Hills SSCD 8032, Philology Volume 21 (W 851), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88667

10 52nd Street Theme (with closing announcement)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 19, Klacto MG 100
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3016, Sound Hills SSCD 8032, Philology Volume 21 (W 851), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88667


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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