Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
Rock's Backpages

Charlie Parker

Richard Cook, MOJO, April 1995

Four decades on from the premature death of Charlie Parker in March 1955 the world remains split between the dazzled – including fans as disparate as Bryan Ferry, Charlie Watts, Clint Eastwood and Chancellor of the Exchequer Kenneth Clarke – and the frankly baffled. Donald Fagen and Richard Cook examine the life and music of the Bird who soared ahead of his time.

Total word count of piece: 3298