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Charlie Parker session details

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July 22, 1951 (23 items; TT = 50:36)
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City KS
Private recording (Tape) (B)
Show chatter

Charlie Parker (as); Roy Caton (tpt); Don Fagerquist (tpt); Johnny Macombe (tpt); Doug Mettome (tpt); Urbie Green (tb); Jerry Dorn (tb); Fred Lewis (tb); Woody Herman (as, cl, cond); Dick Hafer (ts); Bill Perkins (ts); Kenny Pinson (ts); Sam Staff (bs); Dave McKenna (p); Lawrence "Red" Wootten (b); Sonny Igoe (d)

First set
1 Introduction (Unknown) 0:25
2 How High the Moon (version 1) (N. Hamilton-M. Lewis) 3:03

Parker solos 0:38-2:42 and alludes to "Ornithology" early in his solo (1:37-1:41)
3 You Go to My Head (H. Gillespie-J.F. Coots) 3:47

The version on Bird Box and Philology Volume 23 (3:02) begins in the middle of Parker's solo; the version on Philology 27 begins with the ensemble
4 Leo the Lion (version 1) (W. Herman) 3:15

Parker quotes "Cool Blues" near the beginning of his solo (1:29-1:31)
5 Announcement (Herman) 0:10

Second set
6 Introduction (Unknown) 0:05
7 Cubop Holiday (W. Herman) 3:04

At 1:49 someone (Herman?) shouts "Bridge!"
8 The Nearness of You (N. Washington-H. Carmichael) 3:39
9 Lemon Drop (W. Herman) 3:41

"Hey, hey..." Various band members (voc). Parker quotes "Mean to Me" in his solo (1:12-1:14). He has some spirited sixteen-bar exchanges with the brass section before the theme returns at the end

Third set
10 Introduction (Unknown) 0:22
11 The Goof and I (W. Herman) 3:37

Parker quotes "Adeste Fideles" in his solo (1:27-1:32), and the opening of "Move" in his exchanges with the brass (2:31-2:32)
12 Laura (D. Raskin-J. Mercer) 2:36
13 Four Brothers (J. Giuffre) 4:04
14 Leo the Lion (version 2) (W. Herman) 3:14
15 Leo the Lion (version 2 (inc, different source)) (W. Herman) 1:05

After the applause dies down someone calls from the audience: "'Lemon Drop'... Hey, Woody, 'Lemon Drop'..."
16 Unknown Title (incomplete) 0:06
17 Sonny Speaks (set closer) 2:53

Fourth set (?)
18 Caldonia (F. Moore, arr. N. Hefti, R. Burns) 2:31

Before the tune begins, the same guy calls for "Lemon Drop", and at the end he's still calling for it
19 Sweet Sue, Just You (W. Harris-V. Young) 2:58

Gap at 1:35; several seconds missing from piano solo. Possibly another splice at 2:07. At the end of the tune, the guy is still requesting "Lemon Drop." After the fragment there's some audible chatter: "Everywhere, 'Lemon Drop', 'Four Brothers', let's go... And a theme..."
20 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (H. Arlen-T. Kohler) 4:07

After the tune there's some mostly-undecipherable chatter, and our man again requests, "Hey Woody, 'Lemon Drop'..."
21 You Go to My Head (incomplete) (H. Gillespie-J.F. Coots) 1:49
22 Announcement (Herman) 0:05


1 Introduction (Unknown)
CD: Philology Volume 23 (W 853)

2 How High the Moon (version 1)
CD: Philology Volume 23 (W 853), Volume 27 (W 858), Synergie OMP no number, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1340

3 You Go to My Head
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 15
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3012, Sound Hills SSCD 8028, Philology Volume 23 (W 853), Volume 27 (W 858), Synergie OMP no number, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1340

4 Leo the Lion (version 1)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 15
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3012, Sound Hills SSCD 8028, Philology Volume 23 (W 853), Volume 27 (W 858), Synergie OMP no number, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1340

7 Cubop Holiday
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 15
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3012, Sound Hills SSCD 8028, Philology Volume 23 (W 853), Volume 27 (W 858), Synergie OMP no number, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1340

8 The Nearness of You
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 15
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3012, Sound Hills SSCD 8028, Philology Volume 23 (W 853), Volume 27 (W 858), Synergie OMP no number, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1340

9 Lemon Drop
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 15
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3012, Sound Hills SSCD 8028, Philology Volume 23 (W 853), Volume 27 (W 858), Synergie OMP no number, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1340

11 The Goof and I
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 15
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3012, Sound Hills SSCD 8028, Philology Volume 23 (W 853), Volume 27 (W 858), Synergie OMP no number, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1340

12 Laura
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 15
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3012, Sound Hills SSCD 8028, Philology Volume 23 (W 853), Volume 27 (W 858), Synergie OMP no number, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1340

13 Four Brothers
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 15
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3012, Sound Hills SSCD 8028, Philology Volume 23 (W 853), Volume 27 (W 858), Synergie OMP no number, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1340

14 Leo the Lion (version 2)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 15
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3012, Sound Hills SSCD 8028, Philology Volume 23 (W 853), Volume 27 (W 858), Synergie OMP no number, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1340


This was another of Norman Granz's ideas, a Parker-led big-band with woodwinds, strings, and harp. The arrangements are ponderous, although there are some moments of beauty in "Stella by Starlight."

The Down Beat review of "Autumn in New York" and "Temptation" was critical:

The resplendent sheen of novelty and excitement that coated Bird's string experiments, back in the days when they were experiments, seems to have worn off. Whether because the freshness has worn off or or because the arrangements are logey and a little pretentious, there's no real excitement here. Charlie's tone is loud and unsubtle and the only mild surprise is the insertion of a couple of solos by other horns, for the first time in this series -- a trombone bit here, a trumpet there. Charlie should have made that first fine album with strings and then moved on to something new. He is too great a musician to get into a rut. (Down Beat, June 18, 1952)

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