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Celebrating BirdThe Triumph of Charlie Parker$
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Gary Giddins

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816690411

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816690411.001.0001

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Bird Lives

Bird Lives

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Celebrating Bird

Gary Giddins

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the career of Charlie Parker after recovering from his heart disease. During his homecoming, Parker was stalked by amateur recording companies who offered to record his solo performance. More than 350 improvisations of Parker were recorded privately between 1947 and 1954. Parker composed the song “Yatag”—an acronym of his favorite phrase from the lyric, “You are the angel glow”—and recorded it for Dial Records. His later performances of the song include those from Sweden in late 1950 and from the celebrated concert at Massey Hall in Toronto, in 1953.

Keywords:   Charlie Parker, Dial Records, Yatag, improvisations, Massey Hall

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