Miles Ahead session details

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Early March 1946 (6 items; TT = 21:39)
Finale Club, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles CA
Unknown radio broadcast (B)
Charlie Parker Quintet
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Miles Davis (tpt); Charlie Parker (as); Joe Albany (p); Addison Farmer (b); Chuck Thompson (d)

1 Billie's Bounce (C. Parker) 3:41
2 Ornithology (incomplete) (C. Parker-B. Harris) 4:59
3 All the Things You Are (J. Kern-O. Hammerstein) 5:06
4 Blue 'n' Boogie (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 5:07
5 Anthropology (D. Gillespie-C. Parker) 2:44
6 Announcement (incomplete) 0:02


1 Billie's Bounce
CD: Philology Volume 18 (W 848), Volume 44 (W 875), Masters of Jazz MJCD 131

2 Ornithology (incomplete)
CD: Philology Volume 18 (W 848), Volume 44 (W 875), Volume 58 (W 889), Masters of Jazz MJCD 131

3 All the Things You Are
CD: Philology Volume 18 (W 848), Volume 44 (W 875), Masters of Jazz MJCD 131

4 Blue 'n' Boogie
CD: Philology Volume 18 (W 848), Volume 44 (W 875), Masters of Jazz MJCD 131

5 Anthropology
CD: Philology Volume 18 (W 848), Volume 44 (W 875), Masters of Jazz MJCD 131

6 Announcement (incomplete)
CD: Philology Volume 18 (W 848), Volume 44 (W 875), Masters of Jazz MJCD 131


Parker and Davis are backed by a local rhythm section. Davis was in Los Angeles with the Benny Carter Orchestra, and played with Parker after hours at the Finale Club (properly Club Finale), a popular venue for late-night jam sessions located in Little Tokyo at 230 1/2 East First St. Eventually he was fined by the musicians' union and chose to leave the Carter group and stay with the Parker Quintet. Davis's playing is steadily more assured, but there are some rough spots, e.g. the "Anthropology" theme and the opening chorus of "Ornithology." Parker covers nicely for him, however. Davis really shines on "All the Things You Are."

The Finale Club, never well attended by the public, closed in April a period due to lack of business. It was reopened in April or May under Howard McGhee's management, and he and Parker played there regularly until Parker's meltdown at the infamous "Lover Man" session of July 29, 1946.

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