Dizzy Atmosphere

Whenever I’m in dire need of inspiration – which happens a lot these days – I usually turn to music. I found this not long ago and decided to share it here because it’s not just inspirational, but awe-inspiring. I don’t have any information about the date or location of this  recording of Dizzy Atmosphere – except that it’s obviously live, and that it features the composer Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet after a great solo by the great Charlie Parker on alto saxophone. Bird is absolutely on fire in this performance!  In case you’re interested this is yet another bebop standard that’s built on rhythm changes though it is in an unusual key (A♭) for such pieces. Anyway, never mind about that, just listen to Bird flying through this!

 

7 Responses to “Dizzy Atmosphere”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    Not my type of music, but absurd that these talented guys had to wear jacket and tie to play in the 1950s!

    • telescoper Says:

      Charlie Parker usually wore a tie for gigs; he used it offstage to bind his arm so he could inject heroin more easily.

      More generally, though, there was a definite dress style during the bebop era for musicians and fans. Sharp suits and berets were de rigueur…

      • “he used it offstage to bind his arm so he could inject heroin more easily”

        He also said “If you think I’m good, imagine how much better I could have been without heroin”.

      • telescoper Says:

        “Dope never helped anybody sing better or play music better or do anything better. All dope can do for you is kill you – and kill you the long, slow, hard way. And it can kill the people you love right along with you.” – Billie Holiday

    • It is an old tradition in blues to dress better than the audience, a tradition which Joe Bonamassa keeps alive.

  2. “absurd that these talented guys had to wear jacket and tie to play in the 1950s”

    BBC newsreaders used to be required to wear a dinner jacket—on the radio.

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