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A Cultural Centre For Jazz

He shed his musical skin more often than a snake, and so it is a difficult decision which of his many styles and periods to go for — but in the end it has to be the biggest selling jazz record of all time, Kind of Blue, and one of its signature tracks. In the 1940s, the swing era gave way to what was then known as “modern jazz” – the so-called bebop innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Their faster, higher, more harmonically complex playing, with solos that rode roughshod over the eight or sixteen bar structures of the songs they played was dazzling and exciting, and ushered in the next generation of post-war players. The other great soloist in early jazz was soprano saxophonist and clarinettist Sidney Bechet. He was a different sort of virtuoso from Louis, and as well as spontaneous creation he composed setpiece solos … Read More