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Celebrating Bird: The Triumph Of Charlie Parker

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A biographical portrait of the jazz alto saxophonist.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 3rd 1999 by Da Capo Press (first published 1986)
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C. Michael
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker
Gary Giddins
208 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4529-4080-9
University of Minnesota Press
2013


Having read Gary Giddins' revised edition of Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker I am even more committed to my position in my recent review of Stanley Crouch's Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker :
"Crouch casts a well-worn story, many times told, within the frame of an exhaustively-researched social history of Black America surro
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Italo  Perazzoli
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Charlie Parker, called, the bird, was a saxophonist and composer, he was born and raised in Kansas City Missouri.

During his brief life he gave an indelible mark to Jazz.

"Every instrument in the band tried to copy Charlie Parker and in the history of jazz there had never been one man who influenced all the instruments"
(Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker, by Gary Giddins, University of Minnesota Press)

Being called "The Bird" was an hymn to his geniality and creativity, he was free to
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Jeff Jackson
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-jazz
Excellent long essay on Charlie Parker that nicely balances biographical narrative with critical appreciations of the music and context of its importance - then and now. Emphasizes Bird's dedication to craft and his endless curiosity over his boundless appetites. A great introduction and filled with photos that further bring the period to life.
4.5 stars.
gekko100
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Nicely written, but fairly lightweight, biography of the bird man from Kansas City.
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