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Chapter 26: Boplicity

Bebop jazz

Here’s where jazz really became something we’d still call jazz today, with the hard bops of Bud Powell and Charlie Parker. This stuff is exhilarating, and maddening - I can’t imagine how listeners of the 40s took it. These guys were competing for complexity, tying themselves into deeper and deeper musical knots, just for the challenge of untying them. Dive in with the appropriately dizzying “Dizzy’s Blues,” and hold on tight.
1. Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy's Blues

2. Charlie Parker


3. Bud Powell

Tempus Fugit

4. Dizzy Gillespie

Salt Peanuts

5. Charles Mingus

Pithecanthropus Erectus

6. Miles Davis


7. Lennie Tristano


8. Dizzy Gillespie


9. Art Blakey

A Night in Tunisia

10. Miles Davis

'Round Midnight