Yardbird Suite: A Compendium of the Music and Life of Charlie Parker

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Popular Press, 1988 - Jazz - 336 pages
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Bebop saxophonist Charlie "Yardbird" Parker (1920-1955), a man of extremes in his personal life, was a disciplined musical genius who expanded and transformed the boundaries of jazz.
Richly illustrated with extensive musical notations, this in-depth study of hundreds of works in the Parker discography takes into account newly discovered recordings and CD reissues. Koch meticulously documents each recording session and provides an array of musical details on theme structure, key, chords, distinguishing phrases, and performance format. Comprehensive biographical material -- including the "Bird stories" of Parker's eccentric behavior, sexual appetite, drug addiction, and compulsive drinking -- is interwoven with the musical analysis to fully illuminate both the man and the musician.
This volume will appeal to Bird fans, jazz buffs, and musicologists alike, and it will make an essential companion for listeners of Charlie Parker's superb recordings.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Chapter II
22
Chapter III
35
Chapter V
49
Chapter VI
68
Chapter VIII
98
Chapter IX
112
Chapter X
129
Chapter XVI
198
Chapter XVIII
221
Chapter XIX
228
Chapter XX
236
Chapter XXI
258
Appendix II
272
Appendix IV
281
Copyright Information
287

Chapter XII
158
Chapter XV
190

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