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Charlie Parker March 31, 1948

Main Session Personnel
alto saxophone
trumpet
piano
bass
drums
# Tracks Playtime Issue Variance from Main Session Personnel
1 52nd Street Theme (I) 3:44
2 Dizzy Atmosphere 2:56
3 My Old Flame (Incomplete) 0:26
4 All the Things You Are 4:50 Kenny Hagood (vocal)
5 Half Nelson 4:36
6 52nd Street Theme (II) 2:36
7 52nd Street Theme (III) 1:21
8 Big Foot 4:24
9 Half Nelson (Incomplete) 0:01
genre: bop
Recording Date: 
1948-03-31
Label Name: 
Private by Dean Benedetti
Leader(s): 
Charlie Parker
Skill/instrument: 
alto saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
trumpet
Skill/instrument: 
piano
Skill/instrument: 
bass
Skill/instrument: 
drums
Personnel: 
Charlie Parker
Personnel: 
Miles Davis
Personnel: 
Duke Jordan
Personnel: 
Tommy Potter
Personnel: 
Max Roach
Ensemble Size: 
quintet
Venue Type: 
live performance
Venue Name: 
The Three Deuces
Venue Location: 
New York, New York
Session Details: 

This doesn't happen often, but jazzdisco.org has more thorough information than Sutherland or Burton. It is from jazzdisco.org that I gathered the exact date, and also the name of the singer on All the Things You Are. Also, there is some serious controversy about the final three tracks: The Way You Look Tonight, Groovin' High and A Night in Tunisia: a) Sutherland/Burton don't mention them at all in March 1948; b) Jazzdisco.org puts them in a separate session occurring some time in March 1948, but separate from 3/31/1948; Tom Lord includes them in this session on the 31st. The most recent discography, Peter Losin's, mirror's Sutherland and Burton so we will use that.  It is worth mentioning that in the November 23, 1947 session, Burton & Sutherland list these three exact same songs (and the rest of the session) as being rumored by other discographers to have occurred in "Late 1948". Who knows if they are referring to these specific tracks of those songs, but that does lead to another possibility that both Lord and Jazzdisco.org are incorrect and these really are the same tracks from 6 months earlier. More research must certainly be done. (Also, Lord includes a second, incomplete, take of Half Nelson; also, the track order is different in all four discographies)-JS

 

 

This is another Benedetti recording of a live session, but except for track #3, the notes do not indicate that these songs are incomplete clips of just Bird solos, the way the other Benedetti stuff is. The only possible exception to this, is the three less-than-2-minute-long takes of 52nd Street Theme. Is it possible these are all Benedetti's edited out Parker solos? We don't have the hard copy onsite, but that could at least help. -JS

Again, though, calling "Big Foot (Drifting on a Reed)" like that, while in past sessions it's the other way around, is weird. Not sure if it's just a mistake and it should be Big Foot in parentheses, or if this song was simply called both things at different times. -JS

Sources: 
jazzdisco.org, www.plosin.com, Tom Lord Discography, Allan Sutherland's discography & John Burton's discography (www.birdlives.co.uk; or just google Burton or Sutherland with Charlie parker and it's the first hit)