Charlie Parker – Ko-Ko

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“Ko-Ko” was recorded on November 26, 1945, at WOR studios in New York City. In the booklet accompanying Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy Studio Sessions author James Patrick gives a full account of the session, informed by “[d]ocuments from the Savoy files and the recollections of Teddy Reig, who produced the session…”

A standard three hour/four side session was scheduled for November 26, 1945, at the WOR studios in New York for which Parker would supply original composititions. A Union contract was arranged the preceding week and Parker; Miles Davis, trumpet; Bud Powell, piano; Curly Russell, bass; and Max Roach, drums, were booked for the date. On the 26th Reig went to Parker’s apartment to bring Bird to WOR and was informed the Powell had gone with his mother to Philadelphia where she was buying a house. No need to worry, however; Dizzy Gillespie was present and introduced to Reig: “Here’s your piano player“. Parker also had contacted pianist Argonne Thornton (later a.k.a. Sadik Hakim)… and asked that he appear at the studio… (Wikipedia)

Charlie Parker Reboppers-Wor Studios,Broadway,New York,26/11/1945.

  • Charlie Parker – alto sax
  • Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet,piano
  • Curly Russel – bass
  • Max Roach – drums