Charlie Parker session details

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January 22, 1949 (7 items; TT = 16:06)
Royal Roost Club, New York NY
WMCA radio broadcast (B+)
Charlie Parker Quintet

Charlie Parker (as); Kenny Dorham (tpt); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d); Symphony Sid Torin (ann)

1 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (with introduction) (L. Young) 1:13

Voiceover from 0:13: "And so once again, ladies and gentlemen, we take our WMCA microphones right down here to the Royal Roost, the Metropolitan Bopera House, to bring you the gonest. Ah, it's wonderful here, rain or no rain, it's really wonderful here down at the Royal Roost, where we bring you the greats of all time, the new sounds in jazz, at the original house that bop built, the Royal Roost on Broadway between 47th and 48th Street. And don't forget, every night in the week, from 9:30 till four in the morning, seven mornings a week, we bring you the gonest in modern progressive jazz. Remember it's the great Charlie Parker and the All-Stars, Charlie Ventura and his sensational group, and also we bring you the great Dinah Washington and the Ravens. And of course Mr. Harry Belafonte, the new find here at the Royal Roost. So, don't forget, sit back and relax and dig the gonest, we've got a lot of wonderful things for you that I think you'll really enjoy. And, without wasting too much time, here's the great Bird, Charlie Parker and the All-Stars, what's that first one we're gonna do?" Parker: "'Oo Bop Sh'Bam'..." Sid: "Why certainly, and here it is, 'Oo Bop Sh'Bam'..." Introduction incomplete (0:08) on Savoy 17021/4 and Definitive
2 Oo Bop Sh'Bam (D. Gillespie) 4:50

Parker and Dorham (voc); during his solo Parker quotes "Buttons and Bows" (0:42-0:54); Parker and Dorham exchanges following Haig solo (3:36-4:09)
3 Introduction 0:39

"And so, that was the great Charlie Parker, Mr. Bop himself, the Bird, Charlie Parker, with his new sounds of jazz, featuring Al Haig on piano, Max Roach on drums, Tommy Potter on bass, and the wonderful... the wonderful wonderful one, Kenny Dorham on trumpet. (laughter) It's only because I forgot... Well, we keep right on jumpin' here, we don't waste any time. Once again I'd like to remind you, if you haven't fallen by the Royal Roost, Jack, you haven't lived. This is the place where bop jumps. And right now, 'Salt Peanuts'... (Parker objects) All right then, how about the one that you always ask for, the Dial record that the Bird made, 'Scrapple from the Apple'..."
4 Scrapple from the Apple (C. Parker) 4:27

Parker, Dorham, and Roach exchanges before closing theme (3:21-3:51)
5 Introduction 0:22

"Well, you just leave it to the Bird for all these freakish endings here. Ah, that Bird, Mr. Bop himself. Al Haig, Tommy Potter, Kenny Dorham, and Max Roach, the gonest back there. And right now, to get back in the groove once again here at the Royal Roost, where we've taken our WMCA microphones this Saturday morning, here's the one that I said before, 'Salt Peanuts'..." Incomplete (0:08) on Savoy 17021/4 and Definitive
6 Salt Peanuts (D. Gillespie-K. Clarke) 4:00
7 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (incomplete) (L. Young) 0:35

Voiceover from 0:06: "Ladies and gentlemen, it's really the greatest. Once again I remind you if you haven't come down to the Royal Roost, you haven't lived. The great Bird, Charlie Parker, Al Haig on piano, Max Roach on drums, Tommy Potter on bass, and Kenny Dorham on drums. Oh, Kenny Dorham plays trumpet. Can't even hear myself, this, this Charlie Parker [undecipherable] is the craziest. Ah, what am I gonna do? I'm losing my mind here, this Charlie Parker really breaks it up..."


1 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (with introduction)
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50407 (= COCB 53442)

2 Oo Bop Sh'Bam
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50407 (= COCB 53442), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

3 Introduction
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50407 (= COCB 53442)

4 Scrapple from the Apple
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50407 (= COCB 53442), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

5 Introduction
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50407 (= COCB 53442), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

6 Salt Peanuts
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50407 (= COCB 53442), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

7 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (incomplete)
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50407 (= COCB 53442)


Max Roach, newly returned from his honeymoon, rejoined the Quintet just prior to this date.

Kenny Dorham may have brought "Oo Bop Sh'Bam" with him; he and Kenny Clarke recorded it a few years earlier. The only other occurrence of this tune in the Parker book is the Autumn 1948 Chicago date with the Gillespie big band -- where Parker is inaudible (if present at all).

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