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Charlie Parker session details

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February 11, 1951 (6 items; TT = 34:29)
Pershing Hotel Ballroom, Chicago IL
Private recording (Tape) (C+)
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Charlie Parker (as); Claude McLin (ts); George Freeman (g); Chris Anderson (p); Leroy Jackson (b); Bruz Freeman (d)

1 There's a Small Hotel (R. Rodgers-L. Hart) 10:11

Opening theme; ts solo (0:08-3:17); g solo (3:19-6:02); Parker solo (6:04-7:26); p solo (7:26-8:46); b solo (8:46-9:23); closing theme. Incomplete (6:30) on Ember
2 These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) (H. Marvell-J. Strachey-H. Link) 2:03

Parker plays the "Country Gardens" tag with an extended trill (1:56-2:03)
3 Keen and Peachy (incomplete) [Fine and Dandy] (R. Burns-S. Rogers) 6:26

Begins with Parker solo (he quotes "Country Gardens" at 1:08-1:10 and again at 1:57-1:59); guitar solo; piano solo; sixteen bars of ts/g/d exchanges; Parker closing theme
4 Hot House (T. Dameron) 9:04

Opening theme; Parker solo (0:43-3:22; he quotes "Moose the Mooche" at 2:24-2:28; ts solo (3:22-5:56); g solo (5:56-8:26); fade out during closing theme
5 Swivel Hips (incomplete) [Bird, Bass, and Out] (C. McLin) 3:35

Rhythm tune, probably a closing theme. Begins with Parker solo (0:30-1:50; quotes include "Over There" at 0:58-1:02, "Adeste Fideles" at 1:09-1:12); bass solo (1:52-2:56); Parker obbligatos over closing riff played by the ts/g
6 Goodbye (incomplete) (G. Jenkins) 3:10


1 There's a Small Hotel
12" LP: Savoy MG 12152, SJL-1132
CD: Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Ember EMBCD 014, Philology Volume 35 (Revised) (W 866), Definitive DRCD 11242, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

2 These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
12" LP: Savoy MG 12152, SJL-1132
CD: Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Ember EMBCD 014, Philology Volume 35 (Revised) (W 866), Definitive DRCD 11242, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

3 Keen and Peachy (incomplete)
12" LP: Savoy MG 12152, SJL-1132
CD: Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Ember EMBCD 014, Philology Volume 35 (Revised) (W 866), Definitive DRCD 11242, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

4 Hot House
12" LP: Savoy MG 12152, SJL-1132
CD: Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Ember EMBCD 014, Philology Volume 35 (Revised) (W 866), Definitive DRCD 11242, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

5 Swivel Hips (incomplete)
12" LP: Savoy SJL-1132
CD: Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Ember EMBCD 014, Philology Volume 35 (Revised) (W 866), Definitive DRCD 11242

6 Goodbye (incomplete)
12" LP: Savoy SJL-1132
CD: Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Ember EMBCD 014, Philology Volume 35 (Revised) (W 866), Definitive DRCD 11242


These six items have usually been dated October 23, 1950, but the correct date is apparently February 11, 1951. Parker, booked with his Strings at Johnny Brown's Club in Pittsburgh, has the night off and flies in to play a dance at the Pershing Ballroom.

The items were originally issued by Savoy on LP (SJL 1132), and reissued in 1960 (MG-12152) with some clumsy edits: on "There's a Small Hotel" the tenor solo is repeated; on "These Foolish Things," Parker's solo is repeated; on "Keen and Peachy," the closing chorus is spliced in at the beginning. Other solos appear to have been edited out. On Definitive these titles appear without the edits.

Parker plays relatively little on these numbers, and sounds quite uninspired.

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