By Stanley Crouch
Kansas urban Lightning: the increase and occasions of Charlie Parker is the 1st installment within the long-awaited portrait of 1 of the main gifted and influential musicians of the 20 th century, from Stanley Crouch, one of many most effective gurus on jazz and tradition in America.
Throughout his existence, Charlie Parker personified the tortured American artist: a innovative performer who used his alto saxophone to create a brand new song referred to as bebop at the same time he wrestled with a drug dependancy that may bring about his dying on the age of thirty-four.
Drawing on interviews with friends, collaborators, and family, Kansas urban Lightning recreates Parker’s Depression-era adolescence; his early days navigating the Kansas urban nightlife, encouraged by way of lions like Lester younger and count number Basie; and directly to ny, the place he started to go beyond the track he had mastered. Crouch finds an formidable younger guy torn among song and medicine, among his domineering mom and his impressionable younger spouse, whose teenage romance with Charlie lies on the bittersweet middle of this story.
With the knowledge of a jazz student, the cultural insights of an acclaimed social critic, and the narrative ability of a literary novelist, Stanley Crouch illuminates this American grasp as by no means before.