Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.
During 1945, we used to go down almost every night to catch Diz and Bird wherever they were playing. We felt that if we missed hearing them play, we were missing something important. Man, the shit they were playing and doing was going down so fast, you just had to be there in person to catch it.
I, myself, came to enjoy the players who didn’t only just swing but who invented new rhythmic patterns, along with new melodic concepts. And those people are: Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Lester Young, Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Parker, who is the greatest genius of all to me because he changed the whole era around.
There are so many interesting footages on Youtube that I’ve decided to do a post about it on a regular basis. I do the search for you baby, let me know how you feel it!
Previously we had Sun Ra and Thelonious Monk, today I am glad to introduce to you this Gary Giddins’ late ’80s documentary on Charlie Parker, definitely one of the most important musical giants of the last century. More knowledge for your ears!!
Listen to Charlie Parker & Miles Davis – Cheryl
Listen to Charlie Parker & Miles Davis – Barbados