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Charlie Parker session details

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February 6, 1941 (2 items; TT = 8:22)
Unknown venue, Kansas City MO
Private recording (Acetate) (B-)

Charlie Parker (as); Bernard "Buddy" Anderson (tpt); Orville "Piggy" Minor (tpt); Harold Bruce (tpt); Joe Taswell Baird (tb); John Jackson (as); Harold Ferguson (ts); Bob Mabane (ts); Jay McShann (p); Gene Ramey (b); Gus Johnson (d); Joe Coleman (voc)

1 I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (inc) (G. Bassman-N. Washington) 4:23

Opening theme, vocal chorus, Parker solo (1:52-3:27), vocal (fade out)
2 Margie (C. Conrad-J.R. Robinson-B. Davis) 3:59

Ensemble introduction, vocal chorus, band chorus + Minor tpt solo, McShann p solo, eight-bar ts solo (3:32-3:43); closing theme

These promotional recordings were rediscovered in 2012, and the masters are in the John B. Tumino Collection at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Although "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" is incomplete, it includes a beautiful 32 + 4-measure solo by Parker at a relaxed tempo. The relaxed eight-measure solo following McShann's half-chorus on "Margie" is not by Parker. Chuck Haddix claims the solo is by Parker -- Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013), p. 48 -- but it is a tenor saxophone, probably played by Bob Mabane.

I am grateful to James Accardi and Tony Sun for help with this session.

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