January 7, 2013 – 4:26 am

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Trane’s First Ride 1951 [Oberon 5100, 1CD]

Live at Birdland, NY. Very good radio broadcasts. Ripped from vinyl, slight crackling noises and hiss.

Here’s another slice of jazz history.

Thanks to u014945 who uploaded the tracks; and to ShaReeF who shared them at HungerCity.

Uploader’s notes:

Typical of many jazz bootleg LPs, this one contains no dates nor any information beyond song titles and the year of 1951 (despite having a long liner essay by one “E.S.Spoe”). After a good bit of research (and matching some of it with my recollections from countless hours of listening to the pedantic, yet informative Phil Schaap on Bird Flight here in New York City weekday mornings on WKCR), I have come up with the following probable list of dates and line-ups. The venue is always Birldand.

Boot LP Oberon 5100 “Trane’s First Ride 1951″ > Sony PS-LX250H > Yamaha RX-396 > Zoom H2 (line-in) > WAV > WavePad Sound Editor (tracking) > Trader’s Little Helper (FLAC 8, align on sector boundaries)

In all tracks there were clicks (from 5 to 10 per track); Tracks 2, 3 and 7 - there was also a kind of hiss (like that of good old LPs). Now the sound is pretty much cleaner!
Audacity (noises cutting) > Cool pro edit (LP hiss noise like removing) > TLH [SBE - Flac 8]

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Congo Blues 3:06 (4.2MB)
Track 02. Night in Tunisia 6:24 (8.8MB)
Track 03. Yesterdays 3:06 (4.2MB)
Track 04. Birk’s Works 4:50 (6.6MB)
Track 05. Good Bait 3:33 (4.8MB)
Track 06. I Can’t Get Started 2:53 (3.9MB)
Track 07. Birk’s Works (Air Check 2) 5:16 (7.2MB)
Track 08. Jumping with Symphony Sid 3:02 (4.1MB)

Tracks 01, 02, 03 - January 6, 1951
Dizzy Gillespie Sextet
Dizzy Gillespie - trumpet
John Coltrane - tenor
Milt Jackson - vibraphone
Billy Taylor - piano
Percey Heath - bass
Art Blakey - drums

Track 5 - January 13, 1951
Dizzy Gillespie Sextet

Tracks 04, 06, 08 - February 3, 1951
Dizzy Gillespie Septet
JJ Johnson - trombone

Track 07 - March 17, 1951
Dizzy Gillespie Septet, with the following changes:
John Lewis - piano
Carl “Kansas” Fields - drums

Fans might also like to search out The Last Giant: The John Coltrane Anthology. The two-CD set also contains two tracks Coltrane performed with the Dizzy Gillespie Sextet. Click here to order the album.

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  2. Like, crazy Daddy O!

    By Edward on Jan 7, 2013

  3. Aside from the Coltrane significance, this is one wonderful recording. Great music like this reaches down to the soul with peace and joy. These guys are having fun, and it zips along.

    By 4yrsnojob on Jan 7, 2013

  4. Hi folks. I don’t get something: Were these Coltrane shows or Dizzy shows? Who had top billing? By the looks of the lineup listings here, Trane was a member of Dizzy’s ensemble, not “Trane feat. Dizzy’s band” or something. That right?

    By Motorvilleboy on Jan 7, 2013

  5. They were Dizzy shows. It’s the Dizzy Gillespie Sextet. Dizzy was very well established at this point, and Coltrane was just starting out. So, the title up there should read Dizzy Gillespie with John Coltrane, not the other way around.

    By YogaforCynics on Jan 7, 2013

  6. Thanks, that’s what I figured. I just want to make sure I’ve got stuff cataloged accurately.

    By Motorvilleboy on Jan 7, 2013

  7. i think i will grab this one!


    By I-) on Jan 7, 2013


    By Big Shirtless Steve on Jan 16, 2013

  9. Come on jar head, you are bringing the male part of this race into disrepute, man up and grow a pair. The ultimate break up album for men is ZEP 2! Or if you need a bit of twang maybe Dave Berry-The crying game! But Carly Simon? If I may speak frankly,no wonder she left you if you’re dropping that on the turn table!

    By Hard knox on Jan 16, 2013

  10. Any chance for a re-up of these?
    Many thanks!

    By Traned on Aug 19, 2019

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