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Bird With The Herd

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(Charlie Parker (as), Woody Herman (cl), Roy Caton, Doug Mettome, Don Fagerquist, John McComb (tr), Urbie Green, Jerry Dorn, Fred Woods (tr), Bill Perkins, Dick Hafer, Kenny Pinson (ts), Sam Staff (bs), Dave McKenna (p), Red Wooten (b), Sonny Igoe (dr))


(August, 1951)

You Go To My Head

Leo The Lion

Cuban Holiday

The Nearness Of You

Lemon Drop (Vocal by band)

The Goof And I


Four Brothers

Leo The Lion


Album Notes: A historic summit meeting of jazz took place on a scortching summer afternoon in Kansas City when Charlie Parker joined Woody Herman's 3rd Herd in a series of blazing solos against the background of some of the best Herman repertoire of that period.


Little is known whether Parker was then working on location in Kansas City or perhaps visiting his mother, but the chance recording of this unique event despite the lack of balance on the recording, preserved something rare for posterity.


Herman's great band serves as a backdrop for the unique Parker talent and only brief spots by the leader on clarinet, and by Urbie Green on Laura, and Bill Perkins and Dick Hafer on Leo The Lion indicate the many fine talented musicians Herman had in this particular edition of the many Herds he fronted over the years.


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