A Table in the Corner

Here’s a standard by Suesse and Coslow that came and went in 1939. Artie Shaw recorded it (with a vocal by Helen Forrest), a few other bands gave it a try, but it never gained traction in the popular music scene.

The song is posted here because the repeated phrase that starts the melody was used by Charlie Parker when he recorded Embraceable You for Dial records on 10/28/47. The first take – the A take – was something of a jukebox hit for Bird at the time, and occasionally he would use the phrase in live performances of the Gershwin standard. Here he is at the St. Nicholas Arena in February of 1950 using the familiar quote to kick off his solo. Here’s Bird with a local rhythm section in Sweden in November of 1950 using the melody at the end of his first chorus.

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