Miles Ahead session details

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March 31, 1948 (8 items; TT = 24:54)
Three Deuces, New York NY
Audience recording (B)
Charlie Parker Quintet

Miles Davis (tpt); Charlie Parker (as); Irving "Duke" Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d); Kenny "Pancho" Hagood (voc)

1 52nd Street Theme (5/7) (T. Monk) 3:43
2 Dizzy Atmosphere (5/9) (D. Gillespie-C. Parker) 2:57
3 My Old Flame (5/10) (A. Johnston-S. Coslow) 0:26
4 All the Things You Are (5/13) (J. Kern-O. Hammerstein) 4:50
5 Half Nelson (5/12) (M. Davis) 4:36
6 52nd Street Theme (5/11) (T. Monk) 2:37

Parker voiceover
7 52nd Street Theme (5/14) (T. Monk) 1:21

Parker voiceover
8 Big Foot (5/8) [Drifting on a Reed] (C. Parker) 4:24


1 52nd Street Theme (5/7)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ-141, Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

2 Dizzy Atmosphere (5/9)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ-141, Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

3 My Old Flame (5/10)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ-141, Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

4 All the Things You Are (5/13)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ-141, Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

5 Half Nelson (5/12)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ-141, Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

6 52nd Street Theme (5/11)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ-141, Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

7 52nd Street Theme (5/14)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ-141, Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

8 Big Foot (5/8)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ-141, Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129


These items were recorded on a Brush Sound Mirror paper-based tape recorder. This session circulated on tape and was later released on Spotlite before the Benedetti cache was issued by Mosaic. The Mosaic set is sonically better.

The Parker Quintet played three weeks at the Three Deuces (March 30-April 11). After this, Davis played a week at the Apollo Theatre with "Symphony Sid's Bop Concert," an all-star band including Kay Winding [sic], Allen Eager, Milt Jackson, Tadd Dameron, Curley Russell, Max Roach, and Earl Coleman. In late March or early April, Monte Kay began booking bop concerts on Tuesday nights at the Royal Roost, and the Symphony Sid group was booked at the Roost beginning April 23. The bop shows were so successful that the Roost quickly moved to bebop seven nights a week. A Parker-led group was booked at the Roost throughout May and early June.

Numbers in parentheses indicate the place of the item in the Mosaic box. "(4/1)" means that this item is on disc 4, track 1.

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