KANSAS CITY LIGHTNING ~ The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

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KANSAS CITY LIGHTNING ~ The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker
author Stanley Crouch
ISBN 91374
Category Entertainment & Sports
Publisher Harper
Pages 384
Publishing Date 1st January, 1970

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A adept cultural analyzer and applesauce historian tells the accompanying belief of the acceleration of applesauce and the actualization of one of its brightest comets, Charlie Parker (1920–1955). Crouch (Considering Genius: Writings on Jazz, 2006, etc.), whose journalism has appeared in aloof about every above area and whose books accept becoming boundless analytical appreciation, is abnormally able to adviser readers on this tour. He begins in Des Moines, Iowa, area Parker, 21, was touring with the Jay McShann Orchestra. Here, we get an aboriginal adumbration of troubles to appear back Crouch addendum that Parker’s “disappearing acts were his specialty.” Hard drugs would absolute Parker’s ascent and eventually accompany him down. But Crouch’s calendar comprises not aloof the adventure of the aboriginal Parker. He tells the tales of towns (New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago, New York), of ragtime and applesauce legends (Scott Joplin, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum and others of bottom name but ample significance), and of families and friends. We see Parker’s broke struggles to apprentice his apparatus (alto sax), his again visits to the assurance boutique (morphine was not free), his adventures of accepting to borrow added players’ instruments, his allowance as a musician, his barbaric assignment belief (striving to acquisition his own sound) and his transformation into a aborigine of the night. We learn, as well, about his active adulation activity that eventually became his aboriginal marriage. He became a ancestor and again larboard his ancestors to accompany his dreams, which no best included them. Crouch takes us with Parker to Chicago and again to New York City, area he was aloof about to accomplish it back the adventure stops. Crouch is a phrasemaker, and the argument is abounding with memorable lines. A friend’s afterlife “was like bubbler a cup of dejection fabricated of razor blades.” A adventure affluent in agreeable history and agitating with affecting irony.

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is the first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century, from Stanley Crouch, one of the foremost authorities on jazz and culture in America.Throughout his life, Charlie Parker personified the tortured American artist: a revolutionary performer who used his alto saxophone to create a new music known as bebop even as he wrestled with a drug addiction that would lead to his death at the age of thirty-four.Drawing on interviews with peers, collaborators, and family members, Kansas City Lightning recreates Parker’s Depression-era childhood; his early days navigating the Kansas City nightlife, inspired by lions like Lester Young and Count Basie; and on to New York, where he began to transcend the music he had mastered. Crouch reveals an ambitious young man torn between music and drugs, between his domineering mother and his impressionable young wife, whose teenage romance with Charlie lies at the bittersweet heart of this story.With the wisdom of a jazz scholar, the cultural insights of an acclaimed social critic, and the narrative skill of a literary novelist, Stanley Crouch illuminates this American master as never before.

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