The Charlie Parker Companion: Six Decades of Commentary
Schirmer Books, 1998 - Jazz - 294 pages
The Creator of Bebop Revealed. "The Charlie Parker Companion" illuminates the life and career of the creator of bebop, saxophonist Charlie Parker. Parker, affectionately known as "Bird" because of his melodic flights of imagination, was on the scene when bebop music was first played in New York in the late '40s. Leading a famous quintet along with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, he performed, wrote, and recorded some of the classic bebop instrumentals, from "A Night in Tunisia" to "Scrapple from the Apple" and "Yardbird Suite." An enigmatic figure who lapsed into heroin addiction, Parker inspired countless other musicians to take up the saxophone, and revolutionized the way it was played. This book presents for the first time three comprehensive interviews with Parker, along with early reviews of performances and recordings, memoirs, and classic essays on this most-important of all American jazz musicians.
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