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May 23, 1953 (2 items; TT = 9:12)
Birdland, New York NY
Audience recording (B-)
Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars

Miles Davis (tpt); J.B. "Dizzy" Gillespie (tpt, voc); Charlie Parker (as); Sahib Shihab [Edmund Gregory] (bs); Wade Legge (p); Lou Hackney (b); Al Jones (d); Joe Carroll (voc)

1 The Bluest Blues (C. Parker) 6:25

Joe Carroll (voc). Gillespie takes the first solo (1:00-2:04). Listen for his exclamations at some of Parker's phrases (including "Go Bird!" at 2:49). Davis is the second tpt soloist (3:13-4:48)
2 On the Sunny Side of the Street (D. Fields-J. McHugh) 2:47

Parker has a brief solo (1:17-1:42); during the last half-chorus Davis plays obbligatos behind him. Gillespie and Carroll (voc)


1 The Bluest Blues
12" LP: Klacto MG-102, Bird 20
CD: New Sound Planet JUCD 3001/18, Ember CD 509

2 On the Sunny Side of the Street
12" LP: Klacto MG-102, Bird 20
CD: New Sound Planet JUCD 3001/18, Ember CD 509


Some discographies place this broadcast in June, but the available evidence suggests May. The Charlie Parker Quartet, the Dizzy Gillespie Group, and the Bud Powell Trio were all booked at Birdland May 21-26; Parker remained (opposite Ella Fitzgerald) through June 3. Davis replaced Gillespie on one night (May 16), and joined him as a second trumpet here.

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