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

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Northeastern University Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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

Kansas City Roots
21
Out of the Apple
35
Fiftysecond Street ScenePart
58
So What Horace Greeley?
75
The Classic PeriodPart
109
The Classic PeriodPart
124
The Classic PeriodPart Three
141
A European Jaunt
174
More Strings
214
Au Privave
232
New Settings
252
The Serpents Tooth
274
The OutChorus
306
Appendix
343
Supersax and Sound Tracks
357
Index of Song Titles
371

Into the Fifties
195
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About the author (1999)

Koch is a jazz musician and music critic. He currently heads his own music institution, the Braun School, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

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