From Mosaic Records Jazz Gazette: “Whitney Balliett on Charlie Parker, Ethan Iverson ‘Wayne Shorter’s 1964′”

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Whitney Balliett on Charlie Parker

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Charlie Parker. No image credit

This posting of Whitney Balliett’s March 1, 1967 New Yorker review of Charlie Parker’s Savoy sessions is a welcome reminder of what an astute observer and creative writer he was. Who else would describe the sloppy execution of a theme by writing “the ensembles are smidged”?

-Michael Cuscuna

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Wayne Shorter’s 1964. No image credit.

Ethan Iverson is fast becoming as remarkable a journalist and historian and he is a pianist. On the eve of Wayne Shorter’s 85th birthday, Ethan examines the three masterpieces that Wayne recorded for Blue Note in 1964 and illustrates the very different musical arenas in which each project was created. A fascinating must-read.

-Michael Cuscuna

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