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July 6, 1948 (23 items; TT = 55:15)
Onyx Club, New York NY
Audience recording (C)
Charlie Parker Quintet

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

1 52nd Street Theme (7/26) (T. Monk) 1:31
2 52nd Street Theme (6/1) (T. Monk) 1:09
3 Out of Nowhere (6/2) (E. Heyman-J.W. Green) 5:41
4 My Old Flame (6/3) (A. Johnston-S. Coslow) 2:21
5 Chasin' the Bird (6/4) (C. Parker) 1:39
6 The Way You Look Tonight (6/5) (J. Kern-D. Fields) 6:18
7 This Time the Dream's on Me (6/6) (H. Arlen-J. Mercer) 4:35

"Country Gardens" tag
8 Shaw 'Nuff (6/7) (D. Gillespie-C. Parker) 3:47
9 52nd Street Theme (6/8) (T. Monk) 0:02
10 Announcement (6/8) 0:19

Parker: "Ladies and gentlemen, for the next thirty minutes you'll be entertained by the inimitable Adrian Jordan, piano. Bring him out with a round of applause, a hand for Adrian... A hand for Adrian Jordan..."
11 52nd Street Theme (7/32) (T. Monk) 1:15

At the end someone (Benedetti?) says "We got 'em!"
12 Cheryl (6/9) (C. Parker) 0:23

Sounds like a breakdown or rehearsal
13 Ornithology (6/10) (C. Parker-B. Harris) 1:56
14 These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) (6/11) (H. Marvell-J. Strachey-H. Link) 1:29
15 Groovin' High (6/12) (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 2:14
16 Little Willie Leaps (6/13) (M. Davis) 2:05
17 Night and Day (7/24) (C. Porter) 2:59
18 This Time the Dream's on Me (6/15) (H. Arlen-J. Mercer) 4:42
19 52nd Street Theme (6/14) (T. Monk) 2:23
20 The Way You Look Tonight (6/16) (J. Kern-D. Fields) 4:10

Parker quotes "Woody Woodpecker."
21 Out of Nowhere (6/17) (E. Heyman-J.W. Green) 2:26
22 My Old Flame (6/18) (A. Johnston-S. Coslow) 0:31
23 Big Foot (6/19) (C. Parker) 1:20

Parker voiceover with closing theme


1 52nd Street Theme (7/26)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

2 52nd Street Theme (6/1)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

3 Out of Nowhere (6/2)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

4 My Old Flame (6/3)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

5 Chasin' the Bird (6/4)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

6 The Way You Look Tonight (6/5)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

7 This Time the Dream's on Me (6/6)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

8 Shaw 'Nuff (6/7)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

9 52nd Street Theme (6/8)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

10 Announcement (6/8)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

11 52nd Street Theme (7/32)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

12 Cheryl (6/9)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

13 Ornithology (6/10)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129, Philology Volume 58 (W 889)

14 These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) (6/11)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

15 Groovin' High (6/12)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

16 Little Willie Leaps (6/13)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

17 Night and Day (7/24)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

18 This Time the Dream's on Me (6/15)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

19 52nd Street Theme (6/14)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

20 The Way You Look Tonight (6/16)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

21 Out of Nowhere (6/17)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

22 My Old Flame (6/18)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

23 Big Foot (6/19)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129


The items were recorded by Dean Benedetti.

The Parker Quintet was booked at the Onyx Club for six nights, July 6-11 (Tuesday-Sunday). The Benedetti material issued by Mosaic includes parts of at least four of these nights (July 6, 7, 10, and 11), plus a bit of an afternoon rehearsal (July 10).

While they're certainly important, these recordings are disappointing, especially compared to those made earlier at the Three Deuces. The fidelity is quite poor throughout, and the items are all edited one way or another.

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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