Miles Davis (featuring Charlie Parker): 'Round Midnight

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'Round Midnight

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Miles Davis (featuring Charlie Parker)

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Collector (Prestige 7044)

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Musicians:

Miles Davis (trumpet), Charlie Parker (tenor sax), Sonny Rollins (tenor sax), Philly Joe Jones (drums), Percy Heath (bass), Walter Bishop (piano).

Composed by Thelonious Monk

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Recorded: New York, January 30, 1953

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Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

This is one of Charlie Parker’s most unusual recordings. The date was led by Miles Davis, who wrote two of the three tunes recorded that afternoon. The musicians were supposed to record Thelonious Monk’s "Well You Needn’t" but couldn’t complete a master before the recording studio closed. So they switched to Monk’s "‘Round Midnight." This is the only recording on which Bird and Sonny Rollins appear together—both on tenor sax. Parker takes his solo on the song’s opening and closing bridge. Sonny’s solo is on the main theme. Because Parker was signed to Verve at the time, he couldn’t record under his own name. So he was known on the album as Charlie Chan, recording what may be the best version of this jazz perennial.

Reviewer: Marc Myers

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