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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.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.