satchelpage97:

Dear Internet,
To the left is Big Jay McNeely. He is still alive. To the right is Charlie Parker. He transitioned nearly 60 years ago. #WeDoNotAllLookAlike #BirdNeverPlayedTheSaxLyingOnHisBack #UnlessHeWasZootedOutOfHisMind

satchelpage97:

Dear Internet,

To the left is Big Jay McNeely. He is still alive. To the right is Charlie Parker. He transitioned nearly 60 years ago. #WeDoNotAllLookAlike #BirdNeverPlayedTheSaxLyingOnHisBack #UnlessHeWasZootedOutOfHisMind


Charlie Parker Live

This is Big Jay McNeely, not Charlie Parker.

Charlie Parker Live

This is Big Jay McNeely, not Charlie Parker.

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Born on this day: Charlie Parker
Photo by Eliot Elisofon for LIFE Magazine (source)

Born on this day: Charlie Parker

Photo by Eliot Elisofon for LIFE Magazine (source)

“To the best of my knowledge, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, myself, Jimmy Heath, John Coltrane, we called ourselves the ‘Five Brothers’, you know, the five black brothers. We all started playing alto, but Charlie Parker was such a monster that we all gave up and switched to tenor.”

Hank Mobley, Downbeat 1973 interview via Mosaic

onedownoneup:

A 2001 audio interview with Jackie McLean.

Leave it alone smooth jazz. Just leave it alone.

I recently heard a smooth jazz version of what sounded like Charlie Parker’s ‘Ah-Leu-Cha’. I was so disgusted. They keep going back, desecrating this music’s finest moments with this crap. Like the recent smooth jazz album “re-imagining” John Coltrane’s work. Everything is up for grabs it seems. Smooth jazz can’t leave things alone. It has to smear its crap everywhere it goes.

Who in their right mind thinks “I like Trane & Bird. If only there was a way to make their music cheesy, dumb & dull, I’d like it even more!” I can’t think of anything more unimaginative than this. Who is buying this crap? What is wrong with Coltrane and Bird as they were?

I remember hearing a smooth jazz version of Lee Morgan’s The Sidewinder a while ago. Is it not catchy enough? A part of me died when I heard it. Not just because they had the balls to do it, but because it was so terrible. Just awful. Completely void of the upbeat, fun and catchy vibe of the original, making it even more pointless. Why do they insist on peddling this garbage? For the love of all that is good, why?

Born on this day: Charlie Parker
Photo by William Gottlieb

Born on this day: Charlie Parker

Photo by William Gottlieb

Carve out an hour of your time to watch this documentary on Charlie Parker. 

BIRD LIVES!

tornandfrayed:

Charlie Parker by William Claxton.

tornandfrayed:

Charlie Parker by William Claxton.

Bird and Hawk share a laugh

Sonny Rollins discusses Miles, Trane, Monk and Bird.

Click here to watch the other vid.

Miles Davis plays Al Cohn, circa 1953. Kenny Clarke is brilliant on this 10” LP. I’ve been revisiting old Miles Davis albums, back to his stints with Charlie Parker and Benny Carter. I could listen to this stuff all day, and I often do. This period of Miles is his most neglected for some reason.

Miles Davis plays Al Cohn, circa 1953. Kenny Clarke is brilliant on this 10” LP. I’ve been revisiting old Miles Davis albums, back to his stints with Charlie Parker and Benny Carter. I could listen to this stuff all day, and I often do. This period of Miles is his most neglected for some reason.

onedownoneup:

Jackie McLean on his admiration for Charlie Parker.

Sonny Rollins discusses the other side of Charlie Parker.

When it comes to Bird, the narrative is usually about his vices, and tales of excess. In this video, Mr. Rollins talks about the positive influence Bird had on younger black musicians, and most notably, his dignified presence. A presence he feels John Coltrane also had.

Bird and Diz

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