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Jimmy Heath: Langston Hughes Library, Flushing, New York, 30th April 2013
It was impossible to make a choice! This is Charlie Parker with Strings (Mercury Records, 1950)a compilation of all the Charlie Parker with Stringsnot just the one studio performance; there's some live performances. Someone at The Charlie Parker organisation that used to give the benefits for Charlie Parkerthe Foundation that his wife startedmade this compilation and they gave them out to some of the sponsors and people who came to support that organisation. There are recordings from the Apollo Theatre and different venues. It's a unique collectionas you know, it's Charlie Parker man. Charlie Parker, one of the geniuses of our music. So, you know I've heard people say, "if you don't play no Charlie Parker you ain't playing jazz!" Everybody takes a little bit of Charlie Parker in their improvisation.
As a kid, my mom told me I'd like jazz. I thought she was nuts. Then I went to hear Cannonball Adderley (with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy and Airto) and everything changed. Yeah, mom knows best.