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Bird in LA


This historic release brings together previously unknown & unissued recordings along with rarities captured during 3 of the 4 California trips Bird made during his too-short life.

Highlights include “How High the Moon” from his historic 1945 engagement with Dizzy Gillespie at Billy Berg’s, previously unknown performances from a 1948 “Jazz at the Philharmonic” concert at the Shrine Auditorium, & the complete recordings of the infamous 1952 “naked party” at the Altadena ranch of Jirayr Zorthian.

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Track List

LP 1
A1 Intro over I Waited for You into How High the Moon (incomplete)
A2  Intro dialogue with Gibson into Handsome Harry the Hipster (incomplete) (no Parker)
A3  Cement Mixer (fragment) into Intro into Blues (fragment)
A4  Dizzy Atmosphere (fragment) (no Parker improvisation)
A5  Fifty-Second Street Theme into closing announcement
A6  Groovin’ High into announcement
B1  Intro dialogue with Gillespie into Shaw ‘Nuff into announcement
B2  Intro dialogue with Gillespie into Dizzy Atmosphere into announcement
B3  Intro dialogue with Gillespie into A Night in Tunisia into announcement
B4  Intro dialogue between Vallee and Gibson into Salt Peanuts

LP 2
A1  Billie’s Bounce 
A2  Ornithology 
A3 All the Things You Are 
A4  Blue ‘n’ Boogie 
B1  Anthropology into announcement
B2  Intro discussion into Cherokee into announcement 
B3  Ornithology 
B4  Dizzy Atmosphere
B5  Out of Nowhere

LP 3
A1  Scrapple from the Apple (incomplete)
A2  Au Privave/Dance of the Infidels
B1  Night in Tunisia
B2  How High the Moon/Ornithology
B3  Party Chatter into Embraceable You

LP 4
A1  Hot House
A2  Cool Blues
B1  March Noodling/Dixie
B2  Scrapple from the Apple
B3  Au Privave (incomplete)

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