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  • Author:
    Brian Priestley
  • ISBN:
    0195327098
  • ISBN13:
    978-0195327090
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  • Publisher:
    Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 18, 2007)
  • Pages:
    264 pages
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    Music
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Charlie Parker has been idolized by generations of jazz musicians and fans

Charlie Parker has been idolized by generations of jazz musicians and fans. Indeed, his spectacular musical abilities-his blinding speed and brilliant improvisational style-made Parker a legend even before his tragic death at age thirty-four. Now, in Chasin' The Bird, Brian Priestley offers a marvelous biography of this jazz icon, ranging from his childhood in Kansas City to his final harrowing days in New York. Priestley offers new insight into Parker's career, beginning as a teenager single-mindedly devoted to mastering the saxophone.

In: Jazz Journal International, Vol. 58, No. 12, pp. 16.

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Now, in Chasin' The Bird, Brian Priestley offers a marvelous biography of. .

Now, in Chasin' The Bird, Brian Priestley offers a marvelous biography of this jazz icon, ranging from his childhood in Kansas City to his final harrowing days in New York.

Charlie Parker has been idolized by generations of jazz musicians and fans

Charlie Parker has been idolized by generations of jazz musicians and fans.

The first half of the book presents a concise biography (chaps. As the author himself explains "the main claim to uniqueness" in this revised version is the fact that the project "necessitated revisiting and expanding an earlier work, written at a very different time of my life.

Charlie Parker has been idolized by generations of jazz musicians and fans. 1 through 6), followed by a chapter describing Parker's performance style and a chapter on the musician's reception in literature and film since his untimely death in 1955 at age thirty-four.

I'm doing a program/book signing about my Charlie Parker biography at Shawnee Town tomorrow night, April 14th starting at 7:00. ntly discovered photo of Bird playing his saxophone at a "Jelly Joint" in Kansas City in 1938 and a rare recording of Bird with Jay McShann from 1940.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-232) and index. Includes discography: pages 139-198. Body and soul - The jumpin' blues - Now's the time - Parker's mood - Celebrity - I remember you - The song is you - Confirmation. Charlie Parker has been idolized by generations of jazz musicians and fans. Indeed, his spectacular musical abilities - his blinding speed and brilliant improvisational style - made Parker a legend even before his tragic death at age thirty-four.

Charlie Parker has been idolized by generations of jazz musicians and fans. Indeed, his spectacular musical abilities--his blinding speed and brilliant improvisational style--made Parker a legend even before his tragic death at age thirty-four. Now, in Chasin' The Bird, Brian Priestley offers a marvelous biography of this jazz icon, ranging from his childhood in Kansas City to his final harrowing days in New York. Priestley offers new insight into Parker's career, beginning as a teenager single-mindedly devoted to mastering the saxophone. We follow Parker on his first trip to New York, penniless, washing dishes for $9.00 a week at Jimmy's Chicken Shack, a favorite hangout of the great Art Tatum, whose stunning speed and ingenuity were an influence on the young musician. Priestley sheds light on Parker's collaborations with other jazz legands, and illuminates such classic recordings as "Salt Peanuts," "A Night in Tunisia," and "Yardbird Suite"--music which defined an era. He also gives us an unflinching look at Parker's dark side--the drug abuse, heavy drinking, and tangled relations with women and the law. He recounts the death of Parker's daughter Pree at just two-and-a-half years old, and Parker's own death at thirty-four, in such wretched condition that the doctor listed his age as fifty-three. With an invaluable discography that lists every recording of Charlie Parker that has ever been made publicly available, this is a must-have biography of a true jazz giant, one that helps us penetrate the dazzling surface to grasp the artistry beneath.

Beabandis
Half the book is about Charlie Parker and the other part is about his music. I just wanted a book about Charlie Parker's life.
Vutaur
This wasn't a bad read, but it definitely could have been a lot better. The book is only slightly over 100 pages as far as the story of Bird's life is concerned. The other hundred or so pages is made up of a discography and an index. Obviously there are both pros and cons to this. The good side is that the discography is very informative and great for Charlie Parker collectors. The bad side of course is that the biography is quite short and you could definitely get a lot more information if you read "Bird Lives!" by Ross Russell. Also, there were quite a few facts that got messed up by the author. Not to mention that it really doesn't say anything as far as new information about Bird, which was the biggest hope that I had before reading it. Considering that a new biography on Bird hadn't come out in a while, I was hoping some new stories or info on his life had been uncovered, but unfortunately that was not the case here. However, I still enjoyed the book and if you're a fan of Bird then you will most likely enjoy this book too. Just be aware that, like I said, it's definitely on the short side.
Hunaya
Here's a perfect short critical biography of one of the finest and most influential musicians in America's--and the world's--history. The book offers a few new anecdotes even to readers familiar with the literature, corrects several previous biographical errors, then goes on to give a musicological analysis of Charlie Parker's works and their implications. The latter offers both musical examples as well as reference points of current Parker CDs so even nonreaders of music can understand the point. There is some technical detail that requires musical knowledge, but lay reader can still get through this with an excellent understanding of why many of us still believe "Bird lives"!
Ubranzac
Perhaps Priestley's discography is valuable, but his short biography is a meager contribution to "Ornithology." And stylistically, the book is no tribute to Bird. By all means, read Russell and Giddins--and wait for something better to come along.