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Charlie Parker session details

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March 31, 1948 (8 items; TT = 24:49)
Three Deuces, New York NY
Private recording (Dean Benedetti tape) (B)
Show chatter

Charlie Parker (as); Miles Davis (tpt); Irving "Duke" Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d); Kenny Hagood (voc)

1 52nd Street Theme (5/7) (T. Monk) 3:43

Splice at 3:22
2 Big Foot (5/8) [Drifting on a Reed] (C. Parker) 4:24

Splice at 3:01
3 Dizzy Atmosphere (5/9) (D. Gillespie-C. Parker) 2:55

Splices at 1:56 (before exchanges) and 2:47 (closing chorus)
4 My Old Flame (5/10) (A. Johnston-S. Coslow) 0:25
5 52nd Street Theme (5/11) (T. Monk) 2:36
6 Half Nelson (5/12) (M. Davis) 4:36

Splice at 2:58 (before p solo). Parker quotes "Cool Blues" at 2:20-2:25
7 All the Things You Are (5/13) [Bird of Paradise] (J. Kern-O. Hammerstein) 4:50
8 52nd Street Theme (5/14) (T. Monk) 1:20


1 52nd Street Theme (5/7)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129, Spotlite SPJ 141
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Philology Volume 1/4 (W 5/18-2)

2 Big Foot (5/8)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129, Spotlite SPJ 141
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Philology Volume 1/4 (W 5/18-2), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1335

3 Dizzy Atmosphere (5/9)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129, Spotlite SPJ 141
CD: Mosaic MD7 129

4 My Old Flame (5/10)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129, Spotlite SPJ 141
CD: Mosaic MD7 129

5 52nd Street Theme (5/11)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129, Spotlite SPJ 141
CD: Mosaic MD7 129

6 Half Nelson (5/12)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129, Spotlite SPJ 141
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Stash STB 2500

7 All the Things You Are (5/13)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129, Spotlite SPJ 141
CD: Mosaic MD7 129

8 52nd Street Theme (5/14)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129, Spotlite SPJ 141
CD: Mosaic MD7 129


These items were recorded on a Brush Sound Mirror paper-based tape recorder. This session circulated on tape and was later released on Spotlite before the Benedetti cache was issued by Mosaic. The Mosaic set is sonically better.

The Parker Quintet played three weeks at the Three Deuces (March 30-April 11). After this, Davis played a week at the Apollo Theatre with "Symphony Sid's Bop Concert," an all-star band including Kay Winding [sic], Allen Eager, Milt Jackson, Tadd Dameron, Curley Russell, Max Roach, and Earl Coleman. In late March or early April, Monte Kay began booking bop concerts on Tuesday nights at the Royal Roost, and the Symphony Sid group was booked at the Roost beginning April 23. The bop shows were so successful that the Roost quickly moved to bebop seven nights a week. A Parker-led group was booked at the Roost throughout May and early June.

Numbers in parentheses indicate the place of the item in the Mosaic box. "(4/1)" means that this item is on disc 4, track 1.

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