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Howard McGhee March 9, 1947

genre: bop
Recording Date: 
1947-03-09
Label Name: 
Private by Dean Benedetti
Leader(s): 
Howard McGhee
Skill/instrument: 
trumpet
Skill/instrument: 
alto saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
piano
Skill/instrument: 
bass
Skill/instrument: 
drums
Personnel: 
Howard McGhee
Personnel: 
Charlie Parker
Personnel: 
Hampton Hawes
Personnel: 
Addison Farmer
Personnel: 
Roy Porter
Ensemble Size: 
quintet
Venue Type: 
live performance
Venue Name: 
Hi-De-Ho Club
Venue Location: 
Los Angeles, California
Session Details: 

as with all the Benedetti recordings, there's something strange afoot: Burton & Sutherland indicate that the recorded tracks are incomplete, as Benedetti was mainly concerned with Parker's solos. Furthermore, in addition to the specifically dated sessions, there are a few that were dated as occurring in a date range that included some of the individual dates. What is to be made of duplicate tracks, and alternates in this case? We've done as best we can to make it accurate and informative, but it's clearly a situation that could use more research/clarity. Furthermore, this particular session were listed as "casa dubs". Burton states that perhaps they were recorded by someone else, and dubbed for Benedetti's collection; also that perhaps they were not actually recorded at the club but in a private residence. -JS

According to Burton, some of these tracks include more than just Parker's solos, as opposed to the other Benedetti recordings.  -JS

 

Track 12 is listed, parenthetically, as "Bird Lore". Usually that means a melody played over the chords of the parenthetical tune. I cannot find a unique tune called "Bird Lore", though, and it's curious that the other two 'takes' of Ornithology do not have the parenthetical. Perhaps this is just a mysterious note of Benedetti's, recreated by Burton & Sutherland? -JS

Sources: 
Allan Sutherland's Discography & John Burton's discography (downloadable online at www.birdlives.uk)