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This folio covers all phases of Parker’s career and is laid out in an historical order so that musicians, by following that order, can become aware of his development. This is complicated material: therefore, stress must be placed upon the necessity to play these solos very slowly in order to gain a complete familiarity with them. It is equally important that where possible, the recordings be used in conjunction with this publication.
Notation cannot indicate Parker’s feeling. Singing and playing with the records will help to some extent. It is also a good idea, apart from individual practice with these solos, to incorporate them into arrangements as an alternative to playing the original tune. Charlie Parker, after less than ten years of general recognition, influenced jazz to a degree equalled only by Louis Armstrong; careful use of the material in this folio will easily confirm his stature as a performer and a creative musician.
In the samples you will find the first few solos with examples of both the solo part for Bb trumpet as well as the piano score. Give them a try for free, then grab an immediate PDF download above.
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