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5.0 out of 5 stars A major work
I cannot stress enough just how well this book is written. It breathes life into a lost era when early jazz musicians fought nightly battles to blow the other guys off the stage. The prose is exciting and vivid, the narrative progresses at just the right pace and it takes insightful detours into areas entirely relevant to give a flavour of the times.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Stanley Crouch Book
This book has been in the offing for about twenty years but has not been worth the wait. It is laboriously written with far too much space devoted to sketching in the historical background. Chuck Haddix's recent Parker book is vastly superior
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2.0 out of 5 stars Stanley Crouch Book, 8 Jan 2014
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This book has been in the offing for about twenty years but has not been worth the wait. It is laboriously written with far too much space devoted to sketching in the historical background. Chuck Haddix's recent Parker book is vastly superior
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5.0 out of 5 stars A major work, 2 April 2014
I cannot stress enough just how well this book is written. It breathes life into a lost era when early jazz musicians fought nightly battles to blow the other guys off the stage. The prose is exciting and vivid, the narrative progresses at just the right pace and it takes insightful detours into areas entirely relevant to give a flavour of the times.

To criticise this book for failing to follow the daily whereabouts of Charlie Parker through his early life is to miss the point entirely, almost like criticising Shakespeare for killing off Caesar early in the play. Yes, Parker is not centre stage throughout but this is not that book, look elsewhere for a detailed account of his daily whereabouts. This book far richer for bringing in the important themes and narratives of the day to fix Parker in his times and allow the reader to understand how Parker became great. It also puts paid to many modern ideas of 'inherent' genius. Parker tried and failed early on. He had to practice intelligently and relentlessly to stand out in his craft.

This is great book for anybody looking for an insight into the times and an appreciation of what drove Charlie Parker to become known now as such a great.
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