All of Me: A Charlie Parker Review

The genius Charlie Parker, around the late 1940’s, was a guest in the home of the blind pianist Lennie Tristano. A tape has surfaced of the two of them playing the tired old popular song ‘All of Me’. Parker casually displayed his mastery of chord exploration, instant melodic invention, superb timing and logic. Drummer Kenny Clarke was also present but without his drum kit. He can be faintly heard playing on a phone book with his brushes. Alto-saxophonist Parker’s playing will never be matched.

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