Blues for Bird is Martin Gray's stunning, one-of-a-kind biography of Charlie Parker. Written entirely in trimeter, Gray's epic biographical poem runs some 5,400 lines. The work chronicles the life of one of the twentieth century's most pivotal musical figures, from his humble beginnings in Kansas City through his pioneering of the breakthrough musical form of "bebop" to his early tragic death in the Park Avenue apartment of a European Countess.
Gray's poetry dances nimbly along in a way that echoes Bird's blazing, fast-fingered solos, and his marvelous use of language reflects the rhythms of jazz and the beat that lies at the heart of bebop. Indeed, Blues for Bird is like a piece of jazz itself: exciting, innovative and constantly surprising.
Blues for Bird not only functions as a primer on Bird, but as an introduction to the musical nature of jazz; it is a welcome addition to the library of any jazz or poetry aficionado.
|Publisher:||Santa Monica Press|
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About the Author
Martin Gray is one of the world's foremost scholars of Alfred Lord Tennyson's poetry and the editor of the Penguin Classic annotated edition of Tennyson's Idylls of the King. Gray has published poems on Gilles Villeneuve, Amedeo Modigliani, and Jackson Pollock and has taught at several major universities across Canada. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.