Charlie Parker session details

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December 17, 1945 (6 items; TT = 17:48)
Electro-Vox Recording Studios, Hollywood CA
Commercial for Bel-Tone
Slim Gaillard and His Orchestra

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 53436), Definitive DRCD 11148, Masters of Jazz MJCD 121

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

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 53436), Definitive DRCD 11148, Masters of Jazz MJCD 121

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

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 53436), Definitive DRCD 11148, Masters of Jazz MJCD 121

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 53436), Definitive DRCD 11148, Masters of Jazz MJCD 121


These recordings were made for Bel-Tone. The masters were acquired and issued by Majestic records. The two alternate takes are sonically inferior.

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 (Frankfurt am Main: Ruecker, 1985) -- revised and now online, http://home.swipnet.se/dooji/jubilee.htm. I'm grateful to Leif Bo Petersen for help with this session.

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