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Celebrating Bird - the Triumph of Charlie Parker

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Overview

One year before the Clint Eastwood-directed Bird, Gary Giddins likewise covered the life and work of jazz great Charlie "Bird" Parker in this absorbing documentary. Rare filmclips of Parker in action on the alto and tenor sax are intertwined with the live reminiscences of his contemporaries. Among those interviewed are Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus. As a bonus, we see them in performance as well and there are many, many bonuses in this film. As the title indicates, this is a celebration of ...
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Overview

One year before the Clint Eastwood-directed Bird, Gary Giddins likewise covered the life and work of jazz great Charlie "Bird" Parker in this absorbing documentary. Rare filmclips of Parker in action on the alto and tenor sax are intertwined with the live reminiscences of his contemporaries. Among those interviewed are Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus. As a bonus, we see them in performance as well and there are many, many bonuses in this film. As the title indicates, this is a celebration of Bird's life, though one cannot help but come away from the film grieving over Parker's premature death at age 34 in 1955.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • UPC: 880242570789
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Source: Euroarts
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 62,313

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlie Parker
Louis Armstrong
Count Basie
Dizzy Gillespie
Thelonious Monk
Ted Ross Voice Only
Roy Haynes Participant
Jay McShann Participant
Frank Morgan Participant
Technical Credits
Gary Giddins Director, Screenwriter
Kendrick Simmons Director, Editor
Toby Byron Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Masters of American Music: Celebrating Bird - The Triumph of Charlie P
1. Opening [3:17]
2. Growing up in Kansas City [4:11]
3. Starting a Career [9:27]
4. An Apprentice in New York [11:17]
5. Bebop Lifestyle [8:58]
6. The Glory Years [10:15]
7. Charlie Parker Dies [8:53]
8. Credits [2:03]
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Disc #1 -- Masters of American Music: Celebrating Bird - The Triumph of Charlie P
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    Parker was a legend and it's disapointing that his masterful art had to end with an early death at 33. This video really brings out Parker as he was and will always be remembered as. From concerts and everyday life, this video shows what an amazing man Charlie Parker was.

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