Chasin' the Bird (song)

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"Chasin' the Bird"
RecordedMay 8, 1947. New York City, US
GenreJazz, bebop
Composer(s)Charlie Parker

"Chasin' the Bird" is a composition by Charlie Parker. The original version, by Parker's quintet, was recorded on May 8, 1947. It has become a jazz standard.[1]


"Chasin' the Bird" is an unusual composition for Parker.[2] Its theme "contains two simultaneous and interlocking melodies played contrapuntally by alto and trumpet."[2]

Original recording[edit]

The composition was first recorded by Parker's quintet, which contained Parker (alto saxophone), Miles Davis (trumpet), Bud Powell (piano), Tommy Potter (bass), and Max Roach (drums).[3] The recording session was in New York City on May 8, 1947, for Savoy Records.[3]


  1. ^ Taylor, Chuck (September 4, 1999) "Tom Harrell: Time's Mirror". Billboard. 111/36. p. 28.
  2. ^ a b Priestly 2005, p. 59.
  3. ^ a b Priestly 2005, p. 152.


  • Priestly, Brian (2005). Chasin' the Bird: The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker. Equinox. ISBN 978-1-84553-036-5.