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July 11, 1948 (18 items; TT = 36:30)
Onyx Club, New York NY
Audience recording (C)
Charlie Parker Quintet

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

1 All the Things You Are (7/11) (J. Kern-O. Hammerstein) 2:46
2 Country Gardens (7/12) (P. Grainger) 0:07
3 Introduction (7/31) 0:12

Parker introduces Monk: "You gotta know him by your applause, but what are you gonna do about Monk?"
4 Well, You Needn't (7/31) (T. Monk) 2:20

Monk replaces Jordan on piano
5 Big Foot (7/13) (C. Parker) 3:57
6 I Can't Get Started (7/14) (V. Duke-I. Gershwin) 1:11
7 Dizzy Atmosphere (7/15) (D. Gillespie-C. Parker) 4:24
8 Spotlite (7/16) (C. Hawkins) 2:39
9 52nd Street Theme (7/17) (T. Monk) 0:07
10 How High the Moon (7/18) (N. Hamilton-M. Lewis) 3:58
11 September Song (7/19) (K. Weill-M. Anderson) 1:41

"Country Gardens" tag
12 Hot House (7/20) (T. Dameron) 3:50
13 52nd Street Theme (7/21) (T. Monk) 0:58

Voiceover announcement
14 A Night in Tunisia (7/22) (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 3:29
15 My Old Flame (7/23) (A. Johnston-S. Coslow) 1:50
16 The Hymn (7/25) (C. Parker) 1:23
17 Half Nelson (7/27) (M. Davis) 1:12

No audible Parker
18 Little Willie Leaps (7/28) (M. Davis) 0:26

No audible Parker


1 All the Things You Are (7/11)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

2 Country Gardens (7/12)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

3 Introduction (7/31)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

4 Well, You Needn't (7/31)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

5 Big Foot (7/13)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

6 I Can't Get Started (7/14)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

7 Dizzy Atmosphere (7/15)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Fantasy OJCCD 114

8 Spotlite (7/16)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

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

10 How High the Moon (7/18)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Fantasy OJCCD 114, Philology Volume 1/4 (W 5/18)

11 September Song (7/19)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

12 Hot House (7/20)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Fantasy OJCCD 114

13 52nd Street Theme (7/21)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Fantasy OJCCD 114

14 A Night in Tunisia (7/22)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7 129, Fantasy OJCCD 114, Philology Volume 57 (W 888)

15 My Old Flame (7/23)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

16 The Hymn (7/25)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

17 Half Nelson (7/27)
12" LP: Mosaic MR10-129
CD: Mosaic MD7-129

18 Little Willie Leaps (7/28)
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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