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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Charlie Parker: Ten High Flying Albums Of Paradigm Shifting Genius

Read "Charlie Parker: Ten High Flying Albums Of Paradigm Shifting Genius" reviewed by Chris May


Born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1920, and brought up across the state line in anything-goes, jazz-friendly Kansas City, Missouri, controlled from the mid 1920s to the late 1930s by the spectacularly corrupt politician Tom Prendergast, alto saxophonist Charlie Parker lived fast and hard and passed in 1955, aged only 34 years. A founding father of ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Bird's Trumpets

Read "Bird's Trumpets" reviewed by Matt Lavelle


Looking closely at all the trumpet players that played with Thelonious Monk in a piece I wrote in March 2018, I decided to continue the focus, and explore the trumpet players that played with Charlie Parker. As challenging as the trumpet is to play, playing Bebop raised the technical bar. Playing with Charlie Parker at fast ...

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Three Guesses

Featuring the music of Benny Harris
Duration: 4:25

One of the famous 1943 Charlie Parker "Red Cross" recordings, during the recording ban. Benny Harris is on trumpet. He co-wrote "Ornithology" with Parker, taking the opening of a Parker solo from one of Parker's Jay McShann records.

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