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Autumn 1948 (?) (3 items; TT = 4:52)
Pershing Ballroom, Chicago IL
Audience recording (C)
Charlie Parker Quintet

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

1 Groovin' High (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 1:21
2 All the Things You Are (16 bars) (J. Kern-O. Hammerstein) 0:50
3 Half Nelson (M. Davis) 2:41

No audible Parker; Davis solo


1 Groovin' High
CD: Philology Volume 5/6 (W 19/29), Volume 66 (W 897)

2 All the Things You Are (16 bars)
CD: Philology Volume 13 (W 843), Volume 41 (W 872)

3 Half Nelson
CD: Philology Volume 40 (W 871)


Philology W 19/29 puts "Groovin' High" at the Pershing Ballroom in 1948. It's hard to tell (and there's no announcement or context), so I've left it there. It's just a fragment of a Parker solo with no trumpet audible.

The other two items are usually thrown in with the Gillespie Big Band titles, but these are small-group performances. Compare Davis's phrasing on "All the Things You Are" with that of the Dial takes from October 1947. And during his solo on Half Nelson" Davis plays phrases that he repeats during the "Half Nelson" solo from the Royal Roost on September 25, 1948.

Thanks to Tommaso Urbano for help with this session.

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