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ohfourohnine
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HELP - Need to find an old Bird

I have had, for some time, a Verve recording entitled The Essential Charlie Parker. I can't recall when I got it and neither the record nor the jacket give any indication of its release date. It is one of those anthologies featuring Parker with various groups. The masters from recordings originally issued as mono were cherry picked and groups of tunes were re-issued "electronically re-recorded to simulate stereo". The sonics are as you might expect, but I've kept it because one or two tracks are great musically. The best of them is a tune called "Funky Blues" attributed to Johnny Hodges. On that cut, Parker plays with Hodges, Ben Webster, Flip Phillips, Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown and J. C. Heard.

What I'm looking for is the original mono by that group from which this cut was taken. Anyone got any ideas?

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Re: HELP - Need to find an old Bird

Based on the personnel that you listed I would say that the recording is from one of the "Jazz At The Philharmonic" concerts. The good news is that these recording have been reissued in many different forms so finding a good sounding mono verison should not be any trouble.

I'm not at home this weekend so I can't check my personal collection but I'm still about 95% sure that it's a JATP recording. I'll try and confirm things early next week.

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Re: HELP - Need to find an old Bird

Hi,

There is a Charlie Parker album titled Funky Blues, but I cannot think of which Johnny Hodges disc it may be on.

Could the disc you are looking for be this one?

http://www.gemm.com/ddc/search.pl?&disp_ad_format_mode=0&artist=PARKER%2CCHARLIE&UNKY+BLUES&&title=FUNKY+BLUES&UNKY+BLUES&

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Re: HELP - Need to find an old Bird

Well, I nosed around Ebay and "Bam!" this disc popped up:

Sounds like it could be the one you describe.

http://cgi.ebay.com/JAM-SESSION-PARKER-CHARLIE-CD-NEW_W0QQitemZ4802060860QQcategoryZ307QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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Re: HELP - Need to find an old Bird

Sorry for taking so long to get back to you but the song "Funky Blues" is indeed from one of the JATP jam sessions. In fact it's from a 1952 date and is currently available on several different CD issues under Charlie Parker's name. Just do a search for "Funky Blues" on the All Music Guide web site (www.allmusic.com) and follow the Charlie Parker links.

I haven't been listening to WKCR-FM's "Bird Flight" radio show every morning for the past 20 years or so for nothing you know.

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Re: HELP - Need to find an old Bird

Thanks to both Bhudda and Jazzfan for your help.

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