Bop-bop-bop. Today is the birthday of the greatest alto sax player, Charlie Parker, leader of the bebop revolution. His life was ridiculously short (1920-1955) even for the classic jazzbo lifestyle of serious drug and alcohol intake, and it’s a cliche to remark that he looks at least 50 or more in pics of him in his early 30s. Depression can take an awful toll.
But, as the saying goes, Bird lives. That’s enough.
This is one of my favorites, Ornithology, an essential part of the sound of mid-century modernism: