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this piece that amazed everyone who heard it. 2. In 1945, "Cherokee" became "Ko-Ko," recorded for Savoy Records. The owner of the label would not tolerate a copyrighted melody, so they left the "Cherokee" melody out. The pianist was supposed to be Bud Powel but he didn't show, so for this piece it is probably Gillespie on piano except when he is playing trumpet. The other pianist was Argonne Thornton (later Sadik Hakim). 10. "Embraceable You" 1. This Gershwin piece was recorded in 1948, but Parker avoids the melody. Instead he plays a popular 1939 melody, "A Table in the Corner," recorded by Artie Shaw. After Parker's impressive solo, a young Miles Davis takes the next solo. 11. "Now's the Time" 1. Parker considered bebop to be a collision of New York progressive music with Midwest blues. Blues during the 1940s had many faces, including swing band blues and Mississippi delta blues electrified by the likes of Muddy Waters. Parker's contribution was to add the chromatic harmonies of modern jazz and a fluid sense of rhythm to the vocal nuances of blues. 2. This piece is a Parker composition built on one riff. It was used later for a rock and roll hit called "The Hucklebuck" and was covered by many pop musicians. Parker didn't earn a cent from the royalties because the owner of Savoy Records owned the copyright. 3. This recording was made for a major label (Verve) so the sound is much better than in other Parker recordings. Nuances are more easily heard. 12. Bird's Last Flight 1. The Parker-Gillespie partnership ended in 1946 when the band went to Los Angeles and met with an indifferent response. Gillespie took the band back to New York, but Bird cashed in his ticket to get money for his heroin habit. He stayed in California for a year, taking drugs, and when the heroin ran out he turned to alcohol and barbiturates. 2. In 1947 Parker made some recordings for Dial, which showed his playing at its worst. Later that night he was found in his hotel lobby wearing only his socks. He was arrested and committed to the state hospital for six months.
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3. Free from drugs, he returned to New York only to return to his habit. In the view of bandmate Miles Davis, Parker became "some kind of . . . clown." 4. With the help of Norman Granz, Parker found some commercial success with Mercury Records, where he recorded with strings. Just Friends from this session became his most successful record. But his drug addiction made him unreliable and wore him down. In 1955, he died. He was thirty-four; the coroner estimated his age as fifty-three. 13. The Elder Statesman 1. Gillespie disdained drugs and showed how bebop could act as a foundation for the professional jazz musician. 2. Upon returning from California in 1946, he started a big band using bebop arrangements. When not playing trumpet, he took his cue from his former boss, Cab Calloway, who balanced art with wit and silliness-a mix that could broaden the audience for bop.
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