Charlie Parker session details

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May 8-15, 1949 (15 items; TT = 64:48)
Salle Pleyel, Paris (France)
Private recording (Tape) (B-)
Charlie Parker Quintet

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

1 Salt Peanuts (D. Gillespie-K. Clarke) 3:40

Parker (voc) -- he sings the final "Salt Peanuts" of the opening chorus in French
2 Barbados (incomplete) (C. Parker) 4:49

Opening measures missing, cut off during closing theme. During his solo Parker plays a weird "Woody Woodpecker" quotation (3:57-4:03); Parker and Roach exchanges following Haig's solo (3:36-4:24)
3 52nd Street Theme (T. Monk) 3:27

During his solo Parker briefly quotes "Country Gardens" (0:46-0:47)
4 Out of Nowhere (E. Heyman-J.W. Green) 5:07

During his solo Parker briefly quotes "Country Gardens" (0:36-0:38); he breaks in at the end of Potter's solo with "Happy Birthday" (4:33-4:36); closing "Country Gardens" tag with prolonged trill (4:59-5:07)
5 Salt Peanuts (incomplete) (D. Gillespie-K. Clarke) 3:56

Opening measures missing. Parker (voc). Very sloppy ensemble, and Parker has intonation problems throughout
6 Scrapple from the Apple (incomplete) (C. Parker) 5:03

During his solo Parker quotes "Buttons and Bows" (1:10-1:17) and "Woody Woodpecker" (1:46-1:48); Parker and Dorham exchanges following Haig's solo (4:07-4:36); cut off during closing chorus
7 Out of Nowhere (incomplete) (E. Heyman-J.W. Green) 4:09

During his solo Dorham quotes "Country Gardens" (3:24-3:28); cut off during Haig's solo
8 Wee (incomplete) [Allen's Alley] (D. Best) 3:56

Opening measures missing, and cut off during closing theme. During his solo Parker briefly quotes "Over There" (1:00-1:03); Parker and Roach exchanges following Haig's solo (3:30-3:56)
9 52nd Street Theme (incomplete) (T. Monk) 3:24

Begins toward the end of Parker's solo
10 Out of Nowhere (E. Heyman-J.W. Green) 5:27

During his solo Dorham quotes "Country Gardens" (2:58-3:02), and the tune ends with the "Country Gardens" tag with prolonged trill (5:18-5:27)
11 A Night in Tunisia (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 4:15
12 Moose the Mooche (C. Parker) 4:23

Parker and Roach exchanges following Dorham's solo (3:23-3:50)
13 I Got Rhythm (incomplete) (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 2:54

Begins in the middle of Parker's solo, just as he quotes "Over There" (0:02-0:06); Parker and Roach exchanges following Haig's solo (2:35-2:55). Cut off during the exchanges. Listed as "Blues" on Bird Box
14 52nd Street Theme (T. Monk) 4:40

During his solo Parker quotes "Moose the Mooche" (1:47-1:53)
15 Hot House (T. Dameron) 5:38


1 Salt Peanuts
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 118
CD: Philology Volume 10 (W 200)

2 Barbados (incomplete)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 118
CD: Philology Volume 10 (W 200)

3 52nd Street Theme
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 118
CD: Philology Volume 10 (W 200)

4 Out of Nowhere
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 118
CD: Philology Volume 10 (W 200)

5 Salt Peanuts (incomplete)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 118
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622)

6 Scrapple from the Apple (incomplete)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 118
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622)

7 Out of Nowhere (incomplete)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 118
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622)

8 Wee (incomplete)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 118
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622)

9 52nd Street Theme (incomplete)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 118
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622)

10 Out of Nowhere
12" LP: Bird Box LP 2
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622), Bird Box Volume 2

11 A Night in Tunisia
12" LP: Bird Box LP 3
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622), Volume 57 (W 888), Bird Box Volume 2

12 Moose the Mooche
12" LP: Bird Box LP 2
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622), Bird Box Volume 2

13 I Got Rhythm (incomplete)
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622), Bird Box Volume 2

14 52nd Street Theme
12" LP: Bird Box LP 3
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622), Bird Box Volume 2

15 Hot House
12" LP: Bird Box LP 2
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622), Bird Box Volume 2


The Parker Quintet was in France for nine days (May 8-16), booked at the following venues:

May 8-9: Salle Pleyel, Paris (Festival International de Jazz -- opposite Sidney Bechet, Hot Lips Page, the Miles Davis-Tadd Dameron Quintet, and others)
May 10-11: Rex Theatre, Club Martinez et Christera, Marseilles
May 12: Colisée Movie Theatre, Roubaix
May 14: Salle Pleyel, Paris
May 15: Salle Pleyel (two concerts, including closing All-Star jam session)

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