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Charlie Parker session details

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September 29, 1947 (15 items; TT = 72:26)
Carnegie Hall, New York NY
Commercial for Savoy

Charlie Parker (as); J.B. "Dizzy" Gillespie (tpt); John Lewis (p); Al McKibbon (b); Joe Harris (d); Elmon Wright (tpt); Matthew McKay (tpt); Dave Burns (tpt); Ray Orr (tpt); Joe Taswell Baird (tb); William Shepherd (tb); John Brown (as); Howard Johnson (as); James Moody (ts); Joe Gayles (ts); Cecil Payne (bs); Milt Jackson (vb); John Lewis (p); Al McKibbon (b); Joe Harris (d); Chano Pozo (cga); Lorenzo Salan (bgo); Kenny "Pancho" Hagood (voc)

1 A Night in Tunisia (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 5:09
2 Dizzy Atmosphere (D. Gillespie-C. Parker) 4:04
3 Groovin' High (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 5:13
4 Confirmation [Riff Warmer] (C. Parker) 5:34

Listed as "Riff Warmer" on Savoy 45 rpm and 10" LP
5 Ko Ko (C. Parker) 4:08
6 Cool Breeze (D. Gillespie) 5:11
7 Relaxin' at Camarillo (C. Parker) 2:42
8 One Bass Hit (D. Gillespie) 5:19
9 Nearness 3:57
10 Salt Peanuts (D. Gillespie-K. Clarke) 5:09

Add Gillespie and others (voc)
11 Cubano Be, Cubano Bop 7:14
12 Hot House (T. Dameron) 5:01
13 Toccata for Trumpet 3:14
14 Oo-Pop-a-Da 7:31

Add Hagood (voc)
15 Things to Come (D. Gillespie) 3:00


1 A Night in Tunisia
78 rpm: Black Deuce (unnumbered)
45 rpm: London RE-7120
10" LP: Birdland BLP 425
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1177, Bird Box 01-22 LP 1
CD: Savoy ZDS 1177, New Sound Planet JUTB 3001, Sound Hills SSCD 8017, Charly Le Jazz CD 21, Masters of Jazz MJCD 142, Definitive DRCD 11153, Philology Volume 57 (W 888), Definitive Records DRCD 11375, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1334

2 Dizzy Atmosphere
78 rpm: Black Deuce (unnumbered), London FLX-3059
10" LP: Birdland BLP 425
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1177, Bird Box 01-22 LP 1
CD: Savoy ZDS 1177, New Sound Planet JUTB 3001, Sound Hills SSCD 8017, Charly Le Jazz CD 21, Masters of Jazz MJCD 142, Definitive DRCD 11153, Definitive Records DRCD 11375, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1334

3 Groovin' High
78 rpm: Black Deuce (unnumbered), Core 1000-2
45 rpm: London RE-7120
10" LP: Birdland BLP 425
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1177, Bird Box 01-22 LP 1
CD: Savoy ZDS 1177, New Sound Planet JUTB 3001, Sound Hills SSCD 8017, Charly Le Jazz CD 21, Masters of Jazz MJCD 142, Definitive DRCD 11153, Definitive Records DRCD 11375, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1334

4 Confirmation
78 rpm: Black Deuce (unnumbered), London FLX-3059
45 rpm: Savoy XP 8005, Savoy 45-308
10" LP: Birdland BLP 425, Savoy MG 9011
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1177, Bird Box 01-22 LP 1
CD: Savoy ZDS 1177, New Sound Planet JUTB 3001, Sound Hills SSCD 8017, Charly Le Jazz CD 21, Masters of Jazz MJCD 142, Definitive DRCD 11153, Definitive Records DRCD 11375, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1334

5 Ko Ko
10" LP: Birdland BLP 425
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1177, Bird Box 01-22 LP 1
CD: Savoy ZDS 1177, New Sound Planet JUTB 3001, Sound Hills SSCD 8017, Charly Le Jazz CD 21, Masters of Jazz MJCD 142, Definitive DRCD 11153, Philology Volume 43 (W 874), Definitive Records DRCD 11375, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1334

6 Cool Breeze
CD: Roost CDP 72438 57061-2

7 Relaxin' at Camarillo
CD: Roost CDP 72438 57061-2

8 One Bass Hit
CD: Roost CDP 72438 57061-2

9 Nearness
CD: Roost CDP 72438 57061-2

10 Salt Peanuts
CD: Roost CDP 72438 57061-2

11 Cubano Be, Cubano Bop
CD: Roost CDP 72438 57061-2

12 Hot House
CD: Roost CDP 72438 57061-2

13 Toccata for Trumpet
CD: Roost CDP 72438 57061-2

14 Oo-Pop-a-Da
CD: Roost CDP 72438 57061-2

15 Things to Come
CD: Roost CDP 72438 57061-2


This concert, a lavish affair promoted by Leonard Feather, offered "a program of the new jazz" featuring Gillespie's big band and Ella Fitzgerald. Parker was included as a guest star in the quintet format for a short set. Guest status seems to have irked Parker, and his interactions with Gillespie are more agonistic than usual. Tempos on some of the pieces, e.g. "Dizzy Atmosphere," are very fast, but for the most part Parker and Gillespie are brilliant. The piano is barely audible on most tunes.

The quintet recordings were made by the Carnegie Hall recording service, but they were stolen and released as 78s on Black Deuce. Both "A Night in Tunisia" and "Groovin' High" were divided into two parts because of their length.

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