Charlie Parker: His Music and Life

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University of Michigan Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 277 pages
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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.
 

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It would be difficult to overstate the importance of alto saxophonist Charlie "Yardbird" Parker in the history of jazz. Parker's unique sound and extremely advanced technique changed forever the way ... Read full review

Contents

A Biographical Sketch
3
Introduction to the Musical Chapters
53
194043
63
194446
103
194749
131
195055
175
Some Final Thoughts
219
A Selected Charlie Parker Discography
225
Four Complete Solo Transcriptions Parkers Solo During Performance of Honey Body
229
Parkers Solo During Performance of Oh Lady Be Good 1946
234
Parkers Solo During Performance of Parkers Mood Take 5
237
Parkers Solo During Performance of Just Friends 32Measure Chorus
240
Notes
243
References
265
Index
271
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