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CHARLIE PARKER/ NOW'S THE TIME Verve MGV-8005The genius of Charlie Parker #3. The tunes are:(Side One) THE SONG IS YOU, LAIRD BAIRD.KIM,COSMIC RAYS. (Side Two) CHI CHI I REMEMBER YOU NOW'S THE TIME, CONFIRMATION.
The imperfection with which Bird is still understood today, several years after his death, makes a disc such as this imperative for anyone who wants to know where modern jazz came from and where it is going. It may be a long, long time before the average musician has learned enough of Charlie Parker to take jazz forward from there.
There's a rumor-it has persisted for years- that King Buddy Bolden, the alleged founder of the jazz dynasty-once made a recording That would have been, possibly before 1900, in the pre-disc era.If a copy of the cylinder some day miraculously turns up, it could be a revelation to historians, and it might on might not establish Bolden positively as one of the very few true jazz originals.I'd love to find that Buddy Bolden cylinder because I'm curious, and because it must be worth a fortune. But it would have to end up in a museum somewhere. On the other hand, every Charlie Parker chorus that has been recorded-every half-chorus or isolated break-is a chapter in a text book that will be studied and re-studied for years to come, for ideas and inspiration.
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