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The Charlie Parker companion : six decades of commentary

edited by Carl Woideck.
  • New York : Schirmer Books, ©1998.
  • xii, 294 pages ; 24 cm.
Subjects
Summary
  • "Charlie Parker was a legendary alto saxophonist, combo leader, and composer. Beginning in the mid-'40s in New York City, he worked with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and pianist Thelonious Monk, among others, to create a new style of jazz that would become known as bebop. His dazzling technique, lightning speed, innovative solos, and sharp tone were all emulated by younger players. His tragic death due to drug abuse led him to become a legendary figure in the jazz world - another young, creative player cut down in his prime. This book gathers all of the interviews ever given by Parker during his lifetime, plus early reviews, memoirs, and articles that give an overview of one of the most important lives and careers in jazz."--BOOK JACKET.
Contents
  • Pt. 1. Chasin' the Bird: Parker's Career and Influence
  • Bird Lives! (1987) / Gary Giddins
  • Charlie Parker: The Burden of Innovation (1970) / Martin Williams
  • Charlie Parker and the Alto Saxophonists (1996) / Ira Gitler
  • Pt. 2. Now's the Time: Charlie Parker in the Jazz Press
  • Yardbird Flies Home (1947) / Leonard Feather
  • Bird's-Ear View of Music (1948) / Leonard Feather
  • No Bop Roots in Jazz: Parker (1949) / Michael Levin and John S. Wilson
  • Counterpoint (1953) / Nat Hentoff
  • Parker Finally Finds Peace (1955) / Leonard Feather
  • Fist at the World (1965) / Leonard Feather
  • Pt. 3. Parker's Mood(s): Interviews with Charlie Parker
  • Interview: Charlie Parker, Marshall Stearns, John Maher, and Chan Parker (1950) / Carl Woideck
  • Interview: Charlie Parker and John T. Fitch (radio name: John McLellan) (1953) / Carl Woideck
  • Interview: Charlie, Paul Desmond, and John T. Fitch (John McLellan) (1954) / Carl Woideck
  • Pt. 4. Yardbird Suite: Remembering Charlie Parker
  • My Memories of Bird Parker (1955) / Gene Ramey
  • Jay McShann: Interview (excerpt) (1979) / Bart Becker
  • Jazz Oral History Project: Buster Smith (excerpt) (1981) / Chris Goddard
  • Jazz Oral History Project: Howard McGhee (excerpt) (1982) / Ira Gitler
  • Years with Yard (1961) / Dizzy Gillespie and Gene Lees
  • Pt. 5. Back Home Blues: The Kerouac Connection
  • Three Choruses from Mexico City Blues (1959) / Jack Kerouac
  • Behop and Nothingness (1996) / Francis Davis
  • Pt. 6. Scrapple from the Apple: Nightclub and Concert Reviews
  • Dizzy Dazzles for an Hour: Rest of Concert Drags (1945) / Barry Ulanov
  • Charlie Parker (1950) / Barry Ulanov
  • Parker at Birdland (1953) / George T. Simon
  • Pt. 7. Making Wax: Parker on Disc
  • Surveys of Parker's Recording Career: Charlie Parker's Apprenticeship Recordings, 1940-43 (1997) / Carl Woideck
  • Rare Bird (1997) / Max Harrison
  • Verve Sessions (1988) / Phil Schaap
  • Reviews: Parker under Others' Leadership: Dizzy Gillespie (1945) / Barry Ulanov and Leonard Feather
  • Tiny Grimes-Charlie Parker (1945) / Barry Ulanov and Leonard Feather
  • Reviews: Parker's Early Sessions as a Leader: Charlie Parker's Ree Boppers (1946) / Barry Ulanov, George T. Simon and Leonard Feather
  • Charlie Parker's Ri Bop Boys (1946) / Barry Ulanov, George T. Simon and Leonard Feather
  • Charlie Parker (1946) / George T. Simon and Leonard Feather
  • Reviews: The Classic Quintet: Charlie Parker (1949) / Barry Ulanov, Barbara Hodgkins and Peter Dean
  • Charlie Parker (1950) / Barry Ulanov, Barbara Hodgkins and George T. Simon
  • Reviews: Norman Granz Recordings: Charlie Parker and Strings (1950) / Barry Ulanov, Barbara Hodgkins and George T. Simon
  • Charlie Parker (1953) / Barry Ulanov
  • Charlie Parker (1955) / Bill Coss
  • Pt. 8. Ornithology
  • Bird Land (1989) / Stanley Crouch.
Other information
  • Discography: p. 269-271.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-274) and index.
ISBN
  • 0028647149 (alk. paper)
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 97041859 /MN
  • OCLC: 37801404