For reasons unknown (although possibly Stanford/Alan Pierson-related), I have a new burst of blog energy. So, let's try a new idea. Here's the best track I've heard among the last 100...
Relaxing at Camarillo by Charlie Parker.
Is it "relaxing" or "relaxin'?" Regardless, this one reduces the usual bebop intensity to an appealing effect. The downward but fast introduction leads to a very pleasant horn line.
In my first trip to LA, I did drive around looking for Camarillo State Hospital, where "Bird" spent some time for a heroin problem. Songfacts says it resulted from Parker who fell "asleep while smoking and set his hotel bed on fire after wandering through the hotel lobby wearing nothing but socks."
Wikipedia reports the hospital has been re-purposed as Cal State, Channel Islands. after Governor Pete Wilson closed the hospital. Wilson is also known for turning the California Republican Party into a permanent political minority by attacking immigration during his successful re-election campaign.
I couldn't find any reliable information to confirm the rumo that the Eagle's Hotel California was written about a possible stay by Don Henley at the facility. There is a Hotel California in Baja, Mexico for what it's worth.
It's also not clear what Parker's attitude was about being forced to reside there; I will say the guitarist and trumpet on the song somehow miss the spirit of the experience. But it's a great track nonetheless.