Charlie Parker session details

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February 5, 1949 (7 items; TT = 13:33)
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) 0:59

Voiceover from 0:12: "And so once again, ladies and gentlemen, we take our WMCA microphones right down to the Royal Roost, our Friday night, Saturday morning edition, of the all-night, all-frantic one, bringing you a lot of the gone things here at the Metropolitan Bopera House, the original house that bop built, on Broadway between 47th and 48th Street, bringing you the gonest in modern progressive music. The new sounds, the Royal Roost, ladies and gentlemen, every night, seven nights and mornings a week, from 9:30 till four in the morning, you can sit back and relax and dig the gonest. Talking about the gonest, let's bring him on with a wonderful hand, Mr. Bop himself, Charlie Parker and the All-Stars... Charlie Parker, that's Charlie Parker, Max Roach, Al Haig, Tommy Potter, and Kenny Dorham. And to start things jumpin', one of the Dial sides that you all ask for all the time, here's the Bird to do 'Scrapple from the Apple'..." Introduction incomplete (0:03) on Savoy 17021/4 and Definitive
2 Scrapple from the Apple (C. Parker) 3:20

During his solo Parker briefly quotes "Woody Woodpecker" (1:17); Parker and Dorham exchanges following Haig's solo (2:20-2:50)
3 Introduction 0:23

"And so a lot of you lucky ones out there who are digging the all-night, all-frantic one, if you're out of New York City come on down over the weekend, have yourself a gay time here at the Royal Roost, where the lights are low, the music with a real knocked-out groove, and it's really wonderful digging Mr. Bop himself, the great Bird, Charlie Parker and the All-Stars. Another one of the favorites that you call for, when you do call Circle-six-two-five-hundred on the all-night show, 'Barbados'..."
4 Barbados (C. Parker) 3:45

During his solo Parker quotes "Blue 'n' Boogie" (1:10-1:15); Parker and Dorham exchanges following Haig's solo (2:56-3:20)
5 Introduction 0:08

"And here's the rare treat of all time -- you never hear of the Bird do much singing -- here he is with the entire group to do 'Salt Peanuts'..." Incomplete (0:02) on Savoy 17021/4 and Definitive
6 Salt Peanuts (D. Gillespie-K. Clarke) 3:29

During his solo Dorham quotes the "High Society" theme (2:36-2:38, 2:46-2:49)
7 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (L. Young) 1:29

Voiceover from 0:05: "And so there you go, ladies and gentlemen, the great Bird, the great Mr. Bop himself, Charlie Parker and the All-Stars: Charlie Parker, Max Roach, Al Haig, Tommy Potter, and Kenny Dorham, the wonderful group that you can dig here at the Royal Roost, the Metropolitan Bopera House, playing the gone sides, the gone music that I know a lot of you folks out there really enjoy. And before we go any further, I'd like to remind you once again, if you've got great big eyes to be the Cinderella man or girl down here at the Royal Roost, all we ask you to do is send us a card or a letter addressed to either myself or Monte Kay, care of the Royal Roost, 1580 Broadway in New York City, and tell us what you do -- whether you play an instrument, whether you sing -- we'd love to give you a tryout and probably make a Cinderella man or girl for you too. Don't forget, your name and address, tell us what you do, address it here to Monte Kay, or to myself, care of the Royal Roost, 1580 Broadway in New York City. And right now, ladies and gentlemen, with the Bird, the All-Stars doing our theme, 'Jumpin' with Symphony Sid', let's bring you the Cinderella man of the Royal Roost, ladies and gentlemen, Harry Belafonte, Harry Belafonte, the Cinderella man of the Royal Roost... Come on, Harry." (Sid pronounces it "Belfonte" throughout)


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 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

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


This is a much more successful outing than the previous week's broadcast. The ensemble playing is very fluid and cohesive, even at fast tempos, and Dorham has some excellent solos.

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