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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.

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