My Personal Story About Charlie Parker



This classic 1953 Charlie Parker work is a lively blend of Parker’s alto sax with accompanying piano, bass, and drums. It’s clear to see why the “Bird,” along with Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, were the Holy Trinity of Bebop. They were anxious to abandon the swing style of jazz that you could dance to in favor of the more improvisational style that you would sit and listen to. Composer and pianist John Lewis, the artistic director of the Modern Jazz Quartet,l once said that Charlie Parker was the only artist he knew of in jazz whose every single solo was perfect. That is certainly true in this song.

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