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July 15, 1952 (13 items; TT = 76:01)
Jirayr Zorthian's ranch, Altadena CA
Private recording (Tape) (B-)

Chet Baker (tpt); Charlie Parker (as); Frank Morgan (as); Don Wilkerson (ts); Amos Trice (p); Dave Bryant (b); Lawrence Marable (d)

1 Scrapple from the Apple (C. Parker) 13:34

Parker quotes "Cheryl" (1:21-1:23). Baker solos 7:07-8:44
2 Scrapple from the Apple (incomplete) (C. Parker) 6:00
3 Au Privave (incomplete) (C. Parker) 5:46

Begins toward the end of the opening theme. Parker introduces the "Dance of the Infidels" theme during his solo
4 Dance of the Infidels (B. Powell) 7:33

Parker quotes "Cool Blues" in his exchanges (2:25-2:28)
5 A Night in Tunisia (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 7:50
6 Ornithology (C. Parker-B. Harris) 7:25

Begins with "How High the Moon."
7 Party chatter 1:17
8 Embraceable You (incomplete) (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 2:35

Excerpt (2:11) on Philology W 80
9 Hot House (incomplete) (T. Dameron) 6:42

Begins toward the end of the opening theme. Excerpt (3:39) on Royal Jazz and Philology W 80
10 Party chatter 0:13
11 Cool Blues (C. Parker) 12:44

Parker first states the theme at 12:01, but the whole tune sounds like "Cool Blues."
12 Dixie - Yankee Doodle March 2:09
13 I Got Rhythm (incomplete) (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 2:13


1 Scrapple from the Apple
CD: Philology Volume 36 (W 867), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88622

2 Scrapple from the Apple (incomplete)
CD: Philology Volume 32 (W 863), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88622

3 Au Privave (incomplete)
CD: Philology Volume 32 (W 863), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88622

4 Dance of the Infidels
CD: Philology Volume 32 (W 863), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88622

5 A Night in Tunisia
CD: Philology Volume 33 (W 864), Volume 57 (W 888), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88622

6 Ornithology
CD: Philology Volume 33 (W 864), Volume 59 (W 890), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88622

7 Party chatter
CD: Philology Volume 33 (W 864), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88622

8 Embraceable You (incomplete)
CD: Royal Jazz RJD 505, Philology Volume 8 (W 80), Volume 33 (W 864), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88622

9 Hot House (incomplete)
CD: Royal Jazz RJD 505, Philology Volume 8 (W 80), Volume 33 (W 864), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88622

10 Party chatter
CD: Philology Volume 36 (W 867), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88622

11 Cool Blues
CD: Philology Volume 36 (W 867), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88622

12 Dixie - Yankee Doodle March
CD: Philology Volume 36 (W 867), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88622

13 I Got Rhythm (incomplete)
CD: Philology Volume 36 (W 867), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88622


Evidently there were weekly jam sessions during this period at Zorthian's ranch, north of Los Angeles. Parker attended a few, along with the young alto saxophonist Frank Morgan. They are poorly recorded on amateur equipment, and most of the tunes are incomplete, but they showcase Parker in a very relaxed jam-session setting. He and Morgan have some nice exchanges on "Au Privave/Dance of the Infidels."

On this night there was a wild party where most of the participants took off their clothes. You can hear cries of "take it off" during the striptease performed to "Embraceable You" (e.g. at 0:46). The chatter that precedes "Embraceable You" opens with a male voice saying, "Take 'em off, come on... Take 'em off," and a female voice pleading, "come on, everybody, off with 'em, and you too!" There's a lot of laughter and applause. Parker explains to a group, "'Cause it's long in the first part, and you're just sittin' around, just bein' yourself, come on out of 'em," which provokes much laughter.

The notes to Philology Volume 8 put this at Julie McDonald's place in Hollywood, spring 1951, and have Teddy Edwards (p) and Roy Haynes (d) on "Embraceable You." For some time it was believed that this music was recorded on three different nights (July 8, 14, and 28), but the tape from Zorthian indicates that all of the music is from the early morning hours of July 15. "Scrapple from the Apple," with Chet Baker added on trumpet, may have been recorded on another night, but the available evidence suggests that all of the Zorthian music is from one night. Thanks to John Burton and Leif Bo Petersen for help with this session.

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