Charlie Parker session details

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July 29, 1946 (4 items; TT = 11:40)
C.P. MacGregor Studio, Hollywood CA
Commercial for Dial
Charlie Parker Quintet

Charlie Parker (as); Howard McGhee (tpt); Jimmy Bunn (p); Bob Kesterson (b); Roy Porter (d)

1 Max is Making Wax (O. Pettiford) 2:29
2 Lover Man (J. Davis-R. Ramirez-J. Sherman) 3:18
3 The Gypsy (B. Reid) 3:01
4 Bebop (D. Gillespie) 2:52

At 0:39 someone (Porter?) yells "Blow!"


1 Max is Making Wax
CD: Toshiba/EMI CJ25 5043/6, Definitive DRCD 11152, ESP-Disk 4050

2 Lover Man
78 rpm: Dial 1007
CD: Toshiba/EMI CJ25 5043/6, Definitive DRCD 11152, ESP-Disk 4050

3 The Gypsy
CD: Toshiba/EMI CJ25 5043/6, Definitive DRCD 11152, ESP-Disk 4050

4 Bebop
78 rpm: Dial 1007
CD: Toshiba/EMI CJ25 5043/6, Definitive DRCD 11152, ESP-Disk 4050


This was Parker's third Dial studio session, the infamous "Lover Man" date. "Bebop" features a two-chorus trumpet solo by McGhee and a rapidly disintegrating Charlie Parker.

McGhee and the band finished the session as a quartet; Parker went back to his hotel, set fire to his room, wound up in jail, and then off to the Camarillo State Mental Hospital for six months of rehabilitation.

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