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The Charlie Parker companion : six decades of commentary

Author: Carl Woideck
Publisher: New York : Schirmer Books, ©1998.
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Charlie Parker was a legendary alto saxophonist, combo leader, and composer. Beginning in the mid-'40s in New York City, he worked with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and pianist Thelonious Monk, among others, to create a new style of jazz that would become known as bebop. His dazzling technique, lightning speed, innovative solos, and sharp tone were all emulated by younger players. His tragic death due to drug abuse led  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Charlie Parker companion.
New York : Schirmer Books, c1998
(OCoLC)639392990
Named Person: Charlie Parker
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Woideck
ISBN: 0028647149 9780028647142
OCLC Number: 37801404
Description: xii, 294 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1. Chasin' the Bird: Parker's Career and Influence. Bird Lives! (1987) / Gary Giddins. Charlie Parker: The Burden of Innovation (1970) / Martin Williams. Charlie Parker and the Alto Saxophonists (1996) / Ira Gitler --
Pt. 2. Now's the Time: Charlie Parker in the Jazz Press. Yardbird Flies Home (1947) / Leonard Feather. A Bird's-Ear View of Music (1948) / Leonard Feather. No Bop Roots in Jazz: Parker (1949) / Michael Levin and John S. Wilson. Counterpoint (1953) / Nat Hentoff. Parker Finally Finds Peace (1955) / Leonard Feather. A Fist at the World (1965) / Leonard Feather --
Pt. 3. Parker's Mood(s): Interviews with Charlie Parker. Interview: Charlie Parker, Marshall Stearns, John Maher, and Chan Parker (1950) / Carl Woideck.
Responsibility: edited by Carl Woideck.

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Charlie Parker was a legendary alto saxophonist, combo leader, and composer. Beginning in the mid-'40s in New York City, he worked with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and pianist Thelonious Monk, among others, to create a new style of jazz that would become known as bebop. His dazzling technique, lightning speed, innovative solos, and sharp tone were all emulated by younger players. His tragic death due to drug abuse led him to become a legendary figure in the jazz world - another young, creative player cut down in his prime. This book gathers all of the interviews ever given by Parker during his lifetime, plus early reviews, memoirs, and articles that give an overview of one of the most important lives and careers in jazz.

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