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January 30, 1953
New York City

March 16, 1956
Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ

Prestige Records

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Tracks

Compulsion
The Serpent’s Tooth
‘Round About Midnight
In Your Own Sweet Way
No Line
Weird Blues

Personnel

Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone)
Miles Davis (trumpet)
Charlie Parker (tenor saxophone)
Tommy Flanagan (piano)
Walter Bishop Jr. (piano)
Paul Chambers (bass)
Percy Heath (bass)
Art Taylor (drums)
Philly Joe Jones (drums)

Like all musicians of the era, Sonny idolized Charlie Parker, which makes this session historic. At the same time, Bird forsakes his usual alto saxophone for tenor, a double whammy.

Jazz writer Ira Gitler produced the session.