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By Chuck Haddix

Saxophone virtuoso Charlie "Bird" Parker started taking part in professionally in his early kids, turned a heroin addict at sixteen, replaced the process tune, after which died whilst simply 34 years previous. His pal Robert Reisner saw, "Parker, within the short span of his existence, crowded extra residing into it than the other human being." Like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, he was once a transitional composer and improviser who ushered in a brand new period of jazz via pioneering bebop and encouraged next generations of musicians.
Meticulously researched and written, Bird: The lifestyles and track of Charlie Parker tells the tale of his lifestyles, tune, and profession. This new biography artfully weaves jointly firsthand money owed from those that knew him with new information regarding his existence and profession to create a compelling narrative portrait of a sad genius.
While different books approximately Parker have targeted totally on his track and recordings, this portrait finds the guy in the back of the song, illustrating how his addictions and struggles with psychological future health affected his existence and occupation. He used to be then again beneficiant and miserly; a loving husband and father at domestic yet an incorrigible philanderer at the street; and a protracted addict who lectured more youthful musicians in regards to the risks of gear. in particular he used to be a musician, who overcame humiliation, unhappiness, and a life-threatening automobile spoil to take to the air as chook, a super improviser and composer.

With in-depth learn into formerly neglected resources and illustrated with a number of never-before-seen photos, Bird: The existence and track of Charlie Parker corrects a lot of the incorrect information and fantasy approximately probably the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

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