By Brian Priestley
Publication Date: might 18, 2007
Charlie Parker has been idolized by way of generations of jazz musicians and lovers. certainly, his surprising musical abilities--his blinding velocity and incredible improvisational style--made Parker a legend even earlier than his tragic loss of life at age thirty-four.
Now, in Chasin' The chicken, Brian Priestley deals a wonderful biography of this jazz icon, starting from his early life in Kansas urban to his ultimate harrowing days in big apple. Priestley bargains new perception into Parker's occupation, starting as single-mindedly dedicated to getting to know the saxophone. We persist with Parker on his first journey to manhattan, penniless, washing dishes for $9.00 per week at Jimmy's chook Shack, a favourite hangout of the good paintings Tatum, whose wonderful pace and ingenuity have been a power at the younger musician. Priestley sheds gentle on Parker's collaborations with different jazz legands, and illuminates such vintage recordings as "Salt Peanuts," "A evening in Tunisia," and "Yardbird Suite"--music which outlined an period. He additionally supplies us an unflinching examine Parker's darkish side--the drug abuse, heavy consuming, and tangled kinfolk with girls and the legislation. He recounts the loss of life of Parker's daughter Pree at simply two-and-a-half years outdated, and Parker's personal demise at thirty-four, in such wretched that the health professional indexed his age as fifty-three.
With a useful discography that lists each recording of Charlie Parker that has ever been made publicly on hand, it is a must-have biography of a real jazz titanic, person who is helping us penetrate the excellent floor to know the artistry beneath.
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