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Charlie Parker session details

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November 22, 1950 (4 items; TT = 19:22)
Amiralen Dance Hall, Malmö (Sweden)
Private recording (Tape) (B-)

Charlie Parker (as); Rolf Ericsson (tpt); Gösta Theselius (p); Thore Jederby (b); Jack Noren (d)

1 Anthropology (D. Gillespie-C. Parker) 6:05
2 Cheers (H. McGhee) 6:50
3 Lover Man (J. Davis-R. Ramirez-J. Sherman) 1:53

"Country Gardens" tag (1:45-1:52)
4 Cool Blues (incomplete) (C. Parker) 4:34

Begins mid-trumpet solo


1 Anthropology
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 11, Spotlite SPJ 124/25
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3009, Sound Hills SSCD 8025, Arpeggio ARJ 012, Philology Volume 28 (W 859), Volume 30 (W 861), Definitive DRCD 11216, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

2 Cheers
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 11, Spotlite SPJ 124/25
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3009, Sound Hills SSCD 8025, Arpeggio ARJ 012, Philology Volume 28 (W 859), Volume 30 (W 861), Definitive DRCD 11216, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

3 Lover Man
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 11, Spotlite SPJ 124/25
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3009, Sound Hills SSCD 8025, Arpeggio ARJ 012, Philology Volume 28 (W 859), Volume 30 (W 861), Definitive DRCD 11216, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

4 Cool Blues (incomplete)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 11, Spotlite SPJ 124/25
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3009, Sound Hills SSCD 8025, Arpeggio ARJ 012, Philology Volume 28 (W 859), Volume 30 (W 861), Definitive DRCD 11216, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339


This whirlwind European tour was organized by Parker's manager Billy Shaw. Parker and Roy Eldridge had been invited by Nils Hellstrom, publisher of the journal Estrad, to play a number of Swedish venues accompanied by Swedish rhythm sections. The American musicians arrived at Bromma airport on Sunday Novemeber 19th, where Parker was met by a large group of enthusiastic fans. The itinerary for the tour was as follows:

November 20: Konserthuset, Stockholm (two shows)
November 20 (after the Konserthuset shows): Van der Lindeska Valven, Stockholm (jam session)
November 21: Unknown venue, Gothenburg (two shows)
November 22: Amiralen Dance Hall, Malmö
November 22 (after the Malmö show): Unknown venue, Lund (jam session)
November 23: KB Hallen, Copenhagen (two shows)
November 24: Folkets Park, Hälsingborg
November 24 (after the Folkets Park show): Unknown restaurant (jam session)
November 25: Unknown venue, Hälsingborg (Vail says Jönköping)
November 26: Unknown venue, Stockholm (Vail says Gävle)

Parker left Sweden on November 28, stopping in Paris to record with the Maurice Moufflard Orchestra. The Paris stay, which was supposed to include a concert organized by Charles Delaunay, was cut short by stomach pains; Parker returned early to New York and was diagnosed with a peptic ulcer.

Parker's playing on these Swedish dates is relaxed and inventive, and he sounds like he's having a blast. The audiences are very appreciative.

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