The Emergence of Bebop: Charlie Parker and His Historical Recordings 1944-1948

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Geraci, Anthony Richard
American Popular Culture; American Studies; Arts and Humanities; Music
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The jazz style known as bebop developed in reaction to the musical, cultural, and historical realities of America in the 1920s and 1930s. Musically, bebop grew out of and away from the elaborate orchestral arrangements of the swing bands of the 1930s through the early 1940s. It fed the musician's desire to incorporate individual improvisation and virtuosity as the focal point of the compositions within a small musical ensemble. An example of a musician who epitomized the bebop style and demonstrated the development of this musical genre was Charlie Parker. By analyzing Parker's Savoy and Dial recordings from 1944 to 1948, a compositional portrait of bebop emerges.