Top positive review
Only five stars available. Sorry, Stanley.
on 9 July 2015
Charlie Parker recorded a track called Koko in 1945. It's as modern and pure as jazz can get. It's perfect, and as a piece of music it demonstrates precisely how brilliant Bird was, and his collaborator, Dizzy Gillespie. Stanley Crouch has written the most exciting first chapter of any biography I've ever read. It's 1941 and the Jay McShann band are about to hit New York. Out-of-townies in their greasy workstained band clothes take to the stage and proceed to demolish every preconception the stylish, hip audience could possibly have. This is before Charlie stands up to take his solo... If you love Bird, and the chances are you do; You must read this book. Genius honouring genius. I'm so happy reading this precise and loving account of this colossal history-making talent.