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“Whatever background you bring to it, the book willl likely enrich your understanding of Parker’s music. . . .” —Cadence
As one of the architects of modern jazz (often called “bebop”), Charlie Parker (1920-55) had a profound effect on American music that continues to this day.
This book opens with a chapter of biography and then progresses to four chapters focusing on Charlie Parker’s music by tracing his artistic evolution and major achievements as a jazz improviser. Much like a guided tour through an artist’s retrospective, the book introduces readers to a sampling of Charlie Parker’s most illustrative works. The musical discussions and transcribed musical examples are keyed to compact disc timings for easy location–a feature unique to this book.
“The musical analysis is brilliant, particularly the pre-1945 fragments.” —DownBeat
“. . . debunks the stereotype that jazz musicians are unschooled and unsophisticated when it comes to music as art rather than entertainment. . . . [An] insightful and informative addition to the literature of jazz.” –Calvin Wilson, Kansas City Star
Carl Woideck is Instructor of Jazz History, University of Oregon.