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Charlie Parker session details

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December 17, 1945 (6 items; TT = 17:48)
Bel-Tone Studio, Hollywood CA
Commercial for Bel-Tone
Show chatter

Charlie Parker (as); J.B. "Dizzy" Gillespie (tpt); Jack McVea (ts); Michael "Dodo" Marmarosa (p); Bulee "Slim" Gaillard (g, p, voc); Bam Brown (b); Arthur "Zutty" Singleton (d)

1 Dizzy Boogie (take 1 (master)) (D. Gillespie) 3:07
2 Dizzy Boogie (take 2) (D. Gillespie) 3:13
3 Flat Foot Floogie (take 1 (master)) (S. Gaillard-S. Stewart-A.B. Green) 2:30
4 Flat Foot Floogie (take 2) (S. Gaillard-S. Stewart-A.B. Green) 2:43
5 Popity Pop (S. Gaillard) 2:55
6 Slim's Jam (S. Gaillard) 3:20

Gaillard patter throughout. SJL-1177 includes a fragment (0:15) called "Slim's Jam (78 excerpt)" which extends the outro a few seconds beyond the original version


1 Dizzy Boogie (take 1 (master))
78 rpm: Bel-Tone 753, Majestic 9002, 10000
45 rpm: Savoy XP-8097
12" LP: Savoy MG 12014, SJL 1177, Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB-50400 (= COCB-53033, COCB-53436, COCB-53883, COCB-54230), Definitive DRCD 11148, Masters of Jazz MJCD 121, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1332

2 Dizzy Boogie (take 2)
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1177, Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB-50400 (= COCB-53033, COCB-53436, COCB-53883, COCB-54230), Definitive DRCD 11148, Masters of Jazz MJCD 121, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1332

3 Flat Foot Floogie (take 1 (master))
78 rpm: Bel-Tone 758, Majestic 9002, 10001
45 rpm: Savoy XP-8097
12" LP: Savoy MG 12014, SJL 1177, Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB-50400 (= COCB-53033, COCB-53436, COCB-53883, COCB-54230), Definitive DRCD 11148, Masters of Jazz MJCD 121, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1332

4 Flat Foot Floogie (take 2)
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1177, Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB-50400 (= COCB-53033, COCB-53436, COCB-53883, COCB-54230), Definitive DRCD 11148, Masters of Jazz MJCD 121, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1332

5 Popity Pop
78 rpm: Bel-Tone 753, Majestic 9001, 10001
45 rpm: Savoy XP-8098
12" LP: Savoy MG 12014, SJL 1177, Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB-50400 (= COCB-53033, COCB-53436, COCB-53883, COCB-54230), Definitive DRCD 11148, Masters of Jazz MJCD 121, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1332

6 Slim's Jam
78 rpm: Bel-Tone 761, Majestic 9001, 10000
45 rpm: Savoy XP-8098
12" LP: Savoy MG 12014, SJL 1177, Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB-50400 (= COCB-53033, COCB-53436, COCB-53883, COCB-54230), Definitive DRCD 11148, Masters of Jazz MJCD 121, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1332


Slim Gaillard recorded a dozen tunes for Jack Elliott's Bel-Tone Recording Corporation in 1945-1946. These tunes are the only ones with Parker and Gillespie. The Bel-Tone catalog was sold to Majestic in the summer of 1946, and many recordings were reissued on the new label. (Bel-Tone went out of business for good in December 1946.) The two alternate takes are sonically inferior to the masters.

The studio is probably the Bel-Tone Recording Corporation's headquarters, which was located at 8624 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.

This session is usually dated December 29th, but that date is probably wrong. During "Slim's Jam," Gillespie remarks to Gaillard that he cannot stay long because he must leave to make a Jubilee date. According to Rainer E. Lötz and Ulrich Neuert, the AFRS ledgers show that the December 17th date was the last of the year. If that's the Jubilee session Gillespie's talking about, then the current session also probably took place on the 17th. (See The AFRS Jubilee Transcription Programs: An Exploratory Discography, Vol. 1-2 (1985). Dennis M. Spragg has updated the discography and maintains it on the Glenn Miller Archive website, http://www.colorado.edu/amrc/glenn-miller-archive/gma-catalogs/jubilee.) I'm grateful to Leif Bo Petersen and Tom Samuels for help with this session.

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