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Charlie Parker session details

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December 25, 1949 (6 items; TT = 27:12)
Carnegie Hall, New York NY
Voice of America radio broadcast (B)
Show chatter

Charlie Parker (as); Red Rodney [Robert Chudnick] (tpt); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (d); Symphony Sid Torin (ann)

1 Announcement (Symphony Sid Torin, Parker) 1:14
2 Ornithology (C. Parker-B. Harris) 4:23
3 Cheryl (C. Parker) 5:02
4 Ko Ko (C. Parker) 5:10
5 All the Things You Are [Bird of Paradise] (J. Kern-O. Hammerstein) 6:08

Parker quotes "Moose the Mooche" at 1:32-1:34, "Kerry Dancers" at 1:51-1:56, and "Popeye the Sailor Man" at 2:09-2:13
6 Now's the Time (C. Parker) 5:15

After a snare-drum burst during Haig's solo, Parker says "Salt Peanuts is next" (4:25-4:26)


1 Announcement (Symphony Sid Torin, Parker)
12" LP: CP-2, Bird Box LP 3
CD: Bird Box Volume 3, Jass JCD 16, Hi-Hat HHCD 3030, Cool and Blue CD 105, Philology Volume 37 (W 868), Definitive Records DRCD 11375

2 Ornithology
12" LP: CP-2, Bird Box LP 3
CD: Bird Box Volume 3, Jass JCD 16, Hi-Hat HHCD 3030, Cool and Blue CD 105, Philology Volume 37 (W 868), Volume 58 (W 889), Musica Jazz MJCD 1102, Definitive Records DRCD 11375

3 Cheryl
12" LP: CP-2, Bird Box LP 3
CD: Bird Box Volume 3, Jass JCD 16, Hi-Hat HHCD 3030, Cool and Blue CD 105, Philology Volume 37 (W 868), Definitive Records DRCD 11375

4 Ko Ko
12" LP: CP-2, Bird Box LP 3
CD: Bird Box Volume 3, Jass JCD 16, Hi-Hat HHCD 3030, Cool and Blue CD 105, Philology Volume 37 (W 868), Musica Jazz MJCD 1102, Definitive Records DRCD 11375

5 All the Things You Are
12" LP: CP-2, Bird Box LP 3, Sounds 1206
CD: Bird Box Volume 3, Jass JCD 16, Hi-Hat HHCD 3030, Cool and Blue CD 105, Philology Volume 37 (W 868), Musica Jazz MJCD 1102, Definitive Records DRCD 11375

6 Now's the Time
12" LP: CP-2, Bird Box LP 3, Sounds 1206
CD: Bird Box Volume 3, Jass JCD 16, Hi-Hat HHCD 3030, Cool and Blue CD 105, Philology Volume 37 (W 868), Definitive Records DRCD 11375


This set concluded a late-night Christmas Eve concert featuring Miles Davis, Benny Green, Sonny Stitt, Serge Chaloff, the Bud Powell Trio, Sarah Vaughan, the Lennie Tristano Sextet, and a Stan Getz-Kai Winding group. (The bulk of the concert is on the Jass CD.) Some issues of "Cheryl," e.g., as issued on Bird Box, have a Leonard Feather voiceover on Parker's solo, with Feather commenting about "the new school borrowing from the old."

Although Parker can be heard calling "Salt Peanuts" toward the end of "Now's the Time," no recording of this item has surfaced.

The UK bootleg LP CP-2 contains an announcement by Leonard Feather prior to the introduction by Sid Torin: "Greetings and modulations, friends. Today we're turning over our entire program to some recordings of a really wonderful modern jazz concert that took place last Christmas night in Carnegie Hall. And since we have a lot of music to squeeze into the available time, let's turn over the proceedings immediately to the gentleman who was master of ceremonies at that concert, one of America's most popular disk jockeys, Symphony Sid..." (0:24). I'm grateful to Wasaburo Miura for sharing this record with me.

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