Charlie Parker session details

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May 12, 1949 (8 items; TT = 28:19)
Colisée Movie Theatre, Roubaix (France)
Private recording (Acetate) (B-)
Charlie Parker Quintet

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

1 Ornithology (incomplete) (C. Parker-B. Harris) 4:19

Opening measures missing. During his solo Parker quotes "Shortnin' Bread" (0:25-0:28) and "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze" (0:36-0:39); Parker and Roach exchanges following Haig's solo (3:26-3:53)
2 Out of Nowhere (incomplete) (E. Heyman-J.W. Green) 3:44

Begins in the middle of Parker's solo, and cut off a few measures into Potter's solo
3 Cheryl (incomplete) (C. Parker) 2:45

Begins toward the end of Parker's solo. Near the end of Haig's solo (2:07) Parker yells "Play a chord!" During the applause he shouts "Merci!" (2:32); stage chatter
4 52nd Street Theme (incomplete) (T. Monk) 1:11

Parker plays only during opening theme; cut off after Dorham solo
5 Lover Man (incomplete) (J. Davis-R. Ramirez-J. Sherman) 4:23

Opening measures missing, and cut off at the end of Haig's solo
6 Groovin' High (incomplete) (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 4:31

Begins just before Parker's solo. Enthusiastic applause after Dorham and Haig's solo, and during Roach's solo. Faded during closing theme
7 Half Nelson (incomplete) (M. Davis) 4:31

Opening measures missing. From the middle of Haig's solo (about 3:20) there's increasingly noticeable tape-recorder noise. At the beginning of the exchanges following Haig's solo, Parker quotes "Cool Blues" (4:15-4:18). Cut off
8 52nd Street Theme (incomplete) (T. Monk) 2:55

Begins toward the end of Parker's solo


1 Ornithology (incomplete)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 2
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622), Volume 58 (W 889), Bird Box Volume 2

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

3 Cheryl (incomplete)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 2
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622), Bird Box Volume 2

4 52nd Street Theme (incomplete)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 2
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622), Bird Box Volume 2

5 Lover Man (incomplete)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 2
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622), Bird Box Volume 2

6 Groovin' High (incomplete)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 2
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622), Bird Box Volume 2

7 Half Nelson (incomplete)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 2
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622), Bird Box Volume 2

8 52nd Street Theme (incomplete)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 2
CD: Philology Volume 11 (W 622), Bird Box Volume 2


These are low-fidelity fragmentary recordings. Recording equipment noise is audible on "Ornithology," Out of Nowhere," and (especially) "Half Nelson."

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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