quarta-feira, agosto 03, 2005

Charlie Parker "YardBird"


Charlie "Bird" Parker is one of the most important figures in jazz history and also one of its greatest tragic heroes. He got his nickname (also known as "Yardbird") from his love of chicken. He came from Kansas City and was a self-taught Alto Saxophonist who didn't realize that many jazz songs of the day were only played in a few keys, so he learned them all. He quit school at the age of 15 to become a musician. His education was brutal: once he tried playing Body and Soul in double-time and was laughed off of the stage. Another time, he was playing with Count Basie's orchestra in a jam session. They were playing I got rhythm and Bird lost the key and couldn't find it. Basie's drummer, Jo Jones completed his humiliation by throwing his cymbal at Bird's feet. Bird continued practicing and got the point where he could play Lester Young's solos in double time.

Parker had a self-destructive streak in him and did anything for a thrill. He lived an amoral life and lived for any "high" he could get. His heroin habit caused him to miss many gigs and caused Dizzie to leave the group and it eventually was a cause of a nervous breakdown that landed Bird in a mental hospital. He came back and reformed his quintet with Miles Davis taking Gillespie's place and continued making great music.

Bird's self-destructive life style finally caught up with him in 1955 and he died at the age of 34. He had so badly abused his body that the doctor who examined him estimated his age at 60. Besides his often imitated, but never matched style, he left behind a terrible legacy with other jazz musicians, who also did drugs, thinking if they used like Bird, they could play like Bird.


The stories of Bird's musical genius are too lengthy to list. Miles Davis said the only time you were surprised with Bird was when he didn't do something amazing on the bandstand. He could literally walk in off the street and start playing, and never make a mistake. His playing was fast, perky, and very bluesy, all wrapped up into one. He can make you bounce around one moment and feel his pain the next. His music is rooted in the Kansas City blues and every song he played had a blues twist to it.

Para mais informação sobre Charlie Parker, visitemos Links abaixo:

Bird and Diz - one of the very best pages I've ever seen!
Charlie "Yardbird" Parker - sound clips available
Charlie Parker

By Sax Jazz


6 comentários:

Dummy disse...

Este musico teve uma vida muito atribulada. Pena o consumo de drogas ter estragado a bela carreira que ele estava a ter. Yardbird, nunca tinha ouvido falar. bjs

Jazz-In... disse...

Exacto...
A droga..
O infeliz vicio que termina a carreira de muitos musicos tais como Charlie Parker, Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury e muitos outros..
Obrigado a todos os leitores...
Cumprimentos..
Sax Jazz

Anónimo disse...

Posta mais fotos...que tal umas poses com um sax...lindo!!!

Anónimo disse...

Falando de fatos, é verdade também que o John Coltrane também teve problemas com drogas ?

Jazz-In... disse...

Sim..
Coltrain fora até despedido da banda de Miles.. Sendo a heroína a droga o principal responsavel que estava a afectar a performance que tinha na banda...
Depois voltou para Filadelfia para tentar acabar com o vicio... ficando ele então fechado no quarto a ser alimentado pela mãe e sua esposa apenas com água e pão..
Ultrapassou o problema atravez de um acto religioso, acto que nunca expos a sociedade.. Mais tarde disse que pediu a Deus que se ele o ajuda-se a libertar-se do seu vicio, tentaria fazer as pessoas mais felizes com a sua musica..
E parece que o conseguiu..
Compriu o seu juramento com toda a honestidade morrendo aos 40 anos com cancro...
Eis uma pequena homenagem ao GRANDE John COltrane!!
Cumprimentos e ja agora gostava que se identificassem..
e ja agora.. Fotos com um sax!? Lol...

Sax Jazz...

edIII disse...

Parker é o meu preferido. não é facil ouvir mas quem gosta gosta mesmo. o fraseado é tão complexo e denso que torna-se cativante, durante algum tempo eu só ouvia Parker. gostei muito do blog.
continue!!!