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July 10, 1948 (19 items; TT = 35:35)
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); Carmen McRae (voc); Unknown (ts)

Rehearsal
1 Chasin' the Bird (6/23) (C. Parker) 4:42
2 Don't Blame Me (6/24) (D. Fields-J. McHugh) 0:39
3 Tico Tico (6/25) (A. Oliveira-J. Abreu) 2:04
4 Out of Nowhere (6/26) (E. Heyman-J.W. Green) 2:13
5 Donna Lee (6/27) (M. Davis) 2:38

First set
6 52nd Street Theme (7/1) (T. Monk) 0:25
7 How High the Moon (7/2) (N. Hamilton-M. Lewis) 3:05
8 I'm in the Mood for Love (7/3) (D. Fields-J. McHugh) 1:26
9 This Time the Dream's on Me (7/4) (H. Arlen-J. Mercer) 3:22
10 Yesterdays (7/5) (J. Kern-O. Harbach) 0:18
11 52nd Street Theme (7/6) (T. Monk) 0:07

Second set
12 52nd Street Theme (7/7) (T. Monk) 0:39
13 How High the Moon (7/7) (N. Hamilton-M. Lewis) 5:36
14 Groovin' High (7/8) (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 2:11
15 What Price Love (7/29) [Yardbird Suite] (C. Parker) 2:35
16 What Price Love (7/30) [Yardbird Suite] (C. Parker) 0:19
17 52nd Street Theme (7/9) (T. Monk) 0:52

Parker introduces Earl Coleman
18 Cheryl (7/10) (C. Parker) 2:24

Voices (someone hassling Benedetti)


1 Chasin' the Bird (6/23)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

2 Don't Blame Me (6/24)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

3 Tico Tico (6/25)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

4 Out of Nowhere (6/26)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

5 Donna Lee (6/27)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129, Philology Volume 60 (W 891)

6 52nd Street Theme (7/1)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

7 How High the Moon (7/2)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

8 I'm in the Mood for Love (7/3)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

9 This Time the Dream's on Me (7/4)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

10 Yesterdays (7/5)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

11 52nd Street Theme (7/6)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

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

13 How High the Moon (7/7)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

14 Groovin' High (7/8)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

15 What Price Love (7/29)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

16 What Price Love (7/30)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

17 52nd Street Theme (7/9)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

18 Cheryl (7/10)
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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