Dec 202013

here’s a very small, old and good little piece that’s been sitting on my hard drive since jan 2012.  charlie parker and dizzy gillespie from december 1945!  and the sound is really good too!  wow!  maybe it’s time for more old bebop…

i remember back at the university of virginia, wtju had a weekly show (for a while, as with all college stations) “doctor bebop”.  played great tunes and had a fantastic (scripted) patter between tracks. “… i’m going to lay my racket edgewise to tell a green man something, even for the unbooted these issues cover all tracks…”  i had a couple of his shows taped, listened to them for years.  remember cassettes?

“dr. bebop back after that”

dizzy gillespie and his rebop six
nbc studio, hollywood, ca.
29 december 1945

dizzy gillespie – trumpet
charlie parker – alto sax
al haig – piano
milt jackson – vibes
ray brown – bass
stan levey – drums
ernie “bubbles” whitman – mc

00 intro 00:25
01 shaw ’nuff 04:30
02 intro 00:21
03 groovin’ high 05:40
04 intro 00:17
05 dizzy atmosphere 04:23

tt 15:41

original source: american forces radio services > ? > “complete birth of the bebop” (stash stcd 535) > eac > flac (secure mode) + checksum by amellowsoul
depopping/retracking: … > dime > cool edit pro (click/pops elimination) > audacity (noises cutting and volume adjusting) > tlh ( sbe – flac 8) > dime

original comments:
dig it, daddy-o! this is a holy grail! it’s hard to believe that something as critical, classic and timeless remains
one very rare recording. it’s beyond me why this was never scooped up by a major offical record company,
such as blue note or verve.
a complete and utter shame! anytime dizzy and bird played together, there was magic.
this also is blessed with being the time when bebop was young, and very fresh, at the time of this recording.
then the serious kicker that it has excellent sound quality.
much better than even studio recordings of the time!
this material was only issued on a few lps over the years, of which none of which were offical release.
it’s only cd issue of thus, that i am aware of, was on stash’s “complete birth of the bebop.” it’s that which this is taken from.

as always, enjoy!
-tom shyman (

u014945’s “sound improved” comments:
as stated in the original notes below the sound was already very good
just a bit ‘dusty’ so i used a cep utility to remove pos and clicks and
after that i had only to remove several clicks per track

i have also divided mc intros from tracks so that those, (like myself) who don’t like
listening to people shouting before tracks ,
can leave such things out.

my additional comment:
2013-12-20: in the process, u014945 updated the md5 checksum, but not the ffp. i’ve replaced it with a new ffp file.

Sample:  t05 dizzy atmosphere.mp3


Nov 172012

ok, i haven’t actually been listening to this one like crazy.  i was, however, listening* to a great 1964 charlie parker tribute that echinops seeded on dime, and that got me pulling out the few charlie parker shows that i have for a relisten, including this one, which was (re?)seeded by u014945 after high hiss reduction + click pop elimination
* yes in my car again; i don’t actually drive much, would you believe

charlie parker
hi-hat club, boston, ma

charlie parker – alto sax
herbie williams – trumpet
rollins griffith – piano
jimmy woode – bass
marquis foster – drums

01 ornithology
02 out of nowhere
03 my funny valentine*
04 cool blues
* – this might be from a different night, but still from the hi-hat club in jan 1954.

lineage:  wcop broadcast > ? > “the bird you never heard” (stash stcd 10) > eac > flac (secure mode) + checksum by amellowsoul > dime > cool edit pro (high hiss reduction + click pop eliminator ) > tlh( sbe – flac (8)) > dime

in his latter career, bird was a free agent, and bands were made of local musicians backing him up.

none of these songs are from the offical release, “bird at the high hat” on blue note.
the dates used on that were from 1953-12-19 and 1954-01-24.

sample: t01 ornithology.mp3