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Morning Song – Now’s The Time

August 29, 2015

Those opening major 2nd piano chords that sound like Theolonius Monk?  That’s Dizzy Gillespie.

Jumping in on bass and drums to set the groove are Curly Russell and Max Roach, the rhythm section that more or less invented bebop.

Dizzy’s not on trumpet because the 19 year old Miles Davis is sitting in.  And on alto?  No one other than the man himself, Charlie Parker.

Parker also wrote “Now’s The Time”, which has a timeless lyrical sensibility (it sounds like something Kanye West could sample today and top the charts).  It’s also packed with more delightful and inventive soloing riffs, dips, swirls and confections in three minutes than most musicians can cram onto a double album.

Enjoy.

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