Charlie Parker session details

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July 6-11, 1948 (24 items; TT = 55:07)
Onyx Club, New York NY
Private recording (Dean Benedetti tape) (C)
Charlie Parker Quintet
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Charlie Parker (as); Miles Davis (tpt); Irving "Duke" Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d); Earl Coleman (voc)

1 52nd Street Theme (7/26) (T. Monk) 1:31

Parker quotes "Dizzy Fingers" (0:09-0:14)
2 52nd Street Theme (6/1) (T. Monk) 1:09
3 Out of Nowhere (6/2) (E. Heyman-J.W. Green) 5:40
4 My Old Flame (6/3) (A. Johnston-S. Coslow) 2:21

Splice at 0:15. "Country Gardens" tag (2:12-2:20)
5 Chasin' the Bird (6/4) (C. Parker) 1:39

Parker quotes "Jingle Bells" (1:01-1:03)
6 The Way You Look Tonight (6/5) (J. Kern-D. Fields) 6:18

Splice at 4:09. Parker begins his solo with a fragment of the "Ornithology" theme (0:49-0:50); he quotes "Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)" at 0:57-0:59 and again at 1:09-1:12; and "The Girl I Left Behind Me" at 5:24-5:32
7 This Time the Dream's on Me (6/6) (H. Arlen-J. Mercer) 4:35

Splice at 3:50. "Country Gardens" tag (4:26-4:34)
8 Shaw 'Nuff (6/7) (D. Gillespie-C. Parker) 3:47
9 52nd Street Theme (6/8) (T. Monk) 0:08
10 Announcement (6/8) 0:11
11 52nd Street Theme (7/32) (T. Monk) 1:15

At the end someone (Benedetti?) says "We got 'em!"
12 Cheryl (6/9) (C. Parker) 0:23

Sounds like a breakdown or rehearsal
13 Ornithology (6/10) (C. Parker-B. Harris) 1:56

Splice at 1:42
14 These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) (6/11) (H. Marvell-J. Strachey-H. Link) 1:29
15 Groovin' High (6/12) (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 2:13

Splice at 1:53
16 Little Willie Leaps (6/13) (M. Davis) 2:05

Splice at 0:51. Davis quotes "Country Gardens" in his solo (0:47-0:50)
17 Introduction (7/24) 0:37
18 Night and Day (7/24) (C. Porter) 2:21

Splices at 0:12, 1:51
19 This Time the Dream's on Me (6/15) (H. Arlen-J. Mercer) 4:42

Splices at 1:23, 3:58
20 52nd Street Theme (6/14) (T. Monk) 2:22

Splice at 2:04
21 The Way You Look Tonight (6/16) (J. Kern-D. Fields) 4:10

Splice at 2:39. Parker quotes "Woody Woodpecker" (2:51-2:54). Davis quotes "Country Gardens" in his exchanges (2:57-2:59)
22 Out of Nowhere (6/17) (E. Heyman-J.W. Green) 2:25

Splice at 1:56
23 My Old Flame (6/18) (A. Johnston-S. Coslow) 0:31
24 Big Foot (6/19) (C. Parker) 1:19

Parker voiceover with closing theme (1:09-1:20)


1 52nd Street Theme (7/26)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129

2 52nd Street Theme (6/1)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129

3 Out of Nowhere (6/2)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Fantasy OJCCD 114

4 My Old Flame (6/3)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Fantasy OJCCD 114

5 Chasin' the Bird (6/4)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Fantasy OJCCD 114

6 The Way You Look Tonight (6/5)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Fantasy OJCCD 114

7 This Time the Dream's on Me (6/6)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Fantasy OJCCD 114

8 Shaw 'Nuff (6/7)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Fantasy OJCCD 114

9 52nd Street Theme (6/8)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129

10 Announcement (6/8)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129

11 52nd Street Theme (7/32)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Fantasy OJCCD 114

12 Cheryl (6/9)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129

13 Ornithology (6/10)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Philology Volume 58 (W 889)

14 These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) (6/11)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129

15 Groovin' High (6/12)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129

16 Little Willie Leaps (6/13)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129

17 Introduction (7/24)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129

18 Night and Day (7/24)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129

19 This Time the Dream's on Me (6/15)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Fantasy OJCCD 114

20 52nd Street Theme (6/14)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Fantasy OJCCD 114

21 The Way You Look Tonight (6/16)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129

22 Out of Nowhere (6/17)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Fantasy OJCCD 114

23 My Old Flame (6/18)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129

24 Big Foot (6/19)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10 129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129


These items were recorded by Dean Benedetti.

The Parker Quintet was booked at the Onyx Club for six nights, July 6-11 (Tuesday-Sunday). The Benedetti material issued by Mosaic includes parts of at least four of these nights (July 6, 7, 10, and 11), plus a bit of an afternoon rehearsal (July 10).

While they're certainly important, these recordings are disappointing, especially compared to those made earlier at the Three Deuces. The fidelity is quite poor throughout, and the items are all edited one way or another.

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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