6 oct. 2003

As I was leaving St. Louis this morning, there was a recording on the jazz station (WSIE) of Lester Young, late in his career. His phrasing and rhythm made me think so strongly of Parker that I formulated the aphorism: "No Prez, no Bird." Of course, by then (1956) he had been able to hear Bird himself. But I didn't get the sense he was imitating either.

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