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Published: 18 May 2007

264 Pages | 16 halftones & musical examples

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195327090

Bookseller Code (06)

Chasin' The Bird

The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker

Brian Priestley

Priestley offers new insight into Parker's career, shedding light on Parker's collaborations with other jazz legands, and illuminating many of his classic recordings. He also gives us an unflinching look at Parker's dark side, and recounts Parker's 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.

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