Friday, March 28, 2008

God Bless America

Charlie "Bird" Parker, the greatest alto sax player of all time, and his band.

For some reason, this clip fills me with national pride. This is truly American music: fresh, brave, experimental, improvisational, new, and joyful.

In what is probably an appropriate twist, the clip is actually dubbed, and they're miming to a recording they had made before.

1 comment:

Toddy said...

Thats classy. The dubbing part.
I have always been a Trane fan. But you simply cannot argue with Bird.

There was a time when I would religiously read Downbeat Magazine in hopes of making myself a hipper, hepper cat. It didn't work.