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Charlie Parker at Storyville The set by Charlie Parker at Storyville is a perfect example of bop or bebop It fits almost all of the criteria we use to define bop These criteria include but are not limited to fast tempo display of instrumental virtuosity complex melodies and harmonies an unresolved character highly syncopated and masterful improvisations These were all shown throughout this set The compact disc I chose is actually a compilation of two different live sets 6 months apart Both sets include Charlie Parker yet his accompaniment changes see linear notes Throughout this set it is obvious that Parker dominates He can really make his horn sing Even during the slow songs of this set the solos are packed full of notes The tempo may be slow yet the soloist fills the spaces full of notes Examples of these are Ill Walk Alone and Dont Blame Me A song from this set I especially like is the song Cool Blues It is very complex yet fun to listen to I love to hear Parker play his horn He really is a master This piece is in a 12 bar blues form There is a short intro by Charlie Parker on the sax Then Herb Pomeroy and Parker play once through the chorus The trumpet and sax together here sound really fabulous The two match each other with amazing accuracy Following the chorus Charlie launches right into a solo This solo shows Parkers command of his instrument He is able to pack his solos full of information He is double-timing through most of the set He slides up and down pitches is all over the range of his horn and uses a stop time to build tension near the end of his solo With the end of Parkers solo Pomeroy takes
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